Hooray for Nottingham! We now have our very own contemporary art space and it's beautiful! Any one who has arrived at Nottingham by train or bus will know that the city sweeps up the hill away from them with the buildings looking as though they are piled one upon the other like children's wooden blocks. Amongst the red brick and stone buildings there now nestles a block of gold, shimmering like the elusive gold ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate factory! Nottingham Contemporary nestles into the hill, and beautifully juxtaposes the Unitarian church (now a bar). In honour of the city's textile heritage, the roof is embossed with lace motifs. The gallery feels fresh and relevant and has lifted the city art scene from feeling somewhat provincial to feeling fresh and alluring.
I saw the David Hockney exhibition and loved the stunningly crafted etchings. I'm looking forward to the next exhibition, Star City, which starts on February 12th. The Broadway cinema is matching the communist theme with its own film season and later in the month I'll be hosting my book group on Estonian Independence Day, so a thoroughly eastern block February!