The Bonington Gallery is a significant exhibition space and curatorial entity situated within the School of Art & Design’s Bonington building at Nottingham Trent University. Over recent years, a diverse programme of year-round exhibitions, initiatives and events have shaped its position within the city of Nottingham as a leading exponent of innovative exhibition practice.
By working with practitioners and institutions from across Europe and beyond, the Gallery seeks to position itself within a national and international context. Recent exhibitions for example, amongst the many now archived on the gallery website, span the likes of Icons of Rhetoric, a thought-provoking and insightful journey into the media representation of North Korea in the outside world; Made in Wood, an interactive, collaborative exhibition and research event between staff and architecture students from Nottingham Trent University and Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway; and Knitting Nottingham, a celebration of the truly transformational role played by Nottingham in the growth of the knitwear industry, knit technology and design worldwide.
It is through this combination of interdisciplinary exhibitions, collaborative projects, screenings and live events that the gallery aims to reflect the wide-ranging learning resource that it is situated within and make a vital and innovative contribution to the wider discourses of art, design and visual culture.
Current exhibition: Celebrating five pioneers of the poster with Alan Kitching and Monotype, 19 September – 23 October
This exciting new exhibition celebrates the collaboration between two typographic forces: Alan Kitching, a leading practitioner in letterpress, typography and design; and Monotype, global trailblazers in type and home to some of the world’s most popular typefaces. It features the Alan Kitching Collection, a celebration of the lives of five very influential graphic designers
All visitors are eligible to enter an exclusive competition to design a monogram, with the chance to win a limited edition Alan Kitching print. Bonington Gallery will also be hosting An Audience with Alan Kitching at 5pm on Thursday 8 October (booking required). Situated on the University’s City site, the gallery is just a short walk from the city centre, while admission to all events and exhibitions hosted at the Bonington Gallery is free to the public. Full exhibition details and bookings on the Bonington Gallery website.
Meanwhile, Inscription: The Almshouse Tempera Project will explore historical social housing through the early painting medium of egg tempera, inscribing almshouses into the Atrium space. In November, In Place of Architecture will bring together a group of contemporary artists to question how our experience and understanding of the architectural environment is influenced by photographic images presented to us.
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1. Bonington Gallery installation view. Courtesy of the Bonington Gallery and Nottingham Trent University.