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Reclaim – The new season at New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Reclaim is the new season at New Art Exchange. It’s a platform for communities and creatives from the Global Majority and the local community to takeover New Art Exchange with a summer of exhibitions, events and workshops.

Saad-Eddine Said, CEO and Artistic Director of New Art Exchange shares his vision for Reclaim

“Throughout this season, more than 50 members of our local community and creative networks will take audiences through a journey to celebrate and rediscover the world through a different lens. Reclaim is an invitation to listen, converse and reflect. It’s an opportunity to connect, create and cultivate. From our international cuisine to our Saturday Art Club, New Art Exchange offers a space for families, artists, communities and audiences from all ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy the most exciting art and artists from the Global Majority.”

The NAE Open presents painting, drawing, video, live art, photography, textiles and sculpture from 45 artists. The exhibition was created through a competitive, open application process for Nottinghamshire based artists and Global Majority artists living anywhere in the UK. A noted judging panel chose from over 300 submissions. The result is a collection of over 45 artworks which speak to the critical issues of the day. These range from racism, identity politics, misogyny, and the immigration crisis, to environmental concerns and the ongoing impact of the global pandemic. The NAE Open is a platform that supports the development of artists and raises their profile. Beyond the public exhibition itself, eight prizes will be awarded. These include the £1,500 Public Choice Prize which visitors to the show can vote for. All the winners will be revealed during the awards ceremony on 12 August. The Open runs from 11 June to 3 September in the Main Gallery, and also in the Street Gallery outside the main entrance of NAE. The Season Launch is taking place on Friday 10 June 6pm–9pm, with three live art performances and DJs, it’s a free event and everyone is welcome.

The Art of Belonging exhibition showcases the art created by students from NEST (Nottingham Education Sanctuary Team), a full-time educational provision for asylum seeker and refugees aged 15-19 years. These young people, many of them unaccompanied children, have worked with artists and the city’s cultural venues to consider what it is to ‘belong’ in a host city. Art of Belonging runs in the Mezzanine Gallery from 11 – 25 June.

NAE is also proud to announce a new programme, Reside, launching as part of Reclaim. Artists and creative groups are invited to reside in NAE where they can collaborate and connect with our wider community to generate inspiring ideas, develop new initiatives and nurture their practice. Residing at NAE this season are artists Ioney Smallhorne and Mita Solanky. Each will take up residence in the Mezzanine Gallery space, using the building as a base to create work and engage with different groups. Reside will take place from 2 July – 3 September.

The MELA Nottingham’s South Asian festival of art and culture returns to New Art Exchange from the 2 – 4 September.

There are also many events and workshops that form part of the Reside season detailed on the NAE website.

Posted on 25 May 2022

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