Spotlight On: Nottingham Contemporary

Last week our designers took to the streets to visit the latest exhibitions at the Nottingham Contemporary – here’s what they got up to!

We were lucky enough to explore two of Nottingham Contemporary’s latest offerings: The Encounter That Took a Part of Me and FOXP2. These installations are a must see if you’re out and about in Nottingham’s city center.

Otobong Nkanga – The Encounter That Took a Part of Me 

Otobong Nkanga’s first exhibition space transported us to a world of flourishing botanicals and white washed pebbles. This interactive experience called ‘A Taste of Stone’ reworks the artist’s original installation by the same name. Visitors were invited to tread the white pebbles and have a look around Nkanga’s dream-like creation. Below is one of her beautiful tapestries which adorned the space:


Nkanga’s neighbouring exhibition space played host to earthy hued murals and intricately woven fabrics. We loved the hand-drawn map that spanned the entirety of one wall.

This 3D effect canvas – which was entirely hand woven using thread – was one of our designers favourite pieces! The multi-dimensional effect of this piece made us feel like we were falling down the rabbit hole down into the earth below…




Marguerite Humeau – FOXP2

Next we wondered into what appeared to be a breathing elephant graveyard. We had glimpsed the white elephants of Marguerite Humeau’s FOXP2 exhibition on the way to Spinning Clock HQ recently and were looking forward to find out what it all meant.



This audio-visual installation really unsettled us. Not only did the sculptures resemble something out of Westworld (see an uncanny comparison above), the cries of Humeau’s elephants rang out through speakers as we approached and each sculpture was accompanied by a space-age water tank. We even made a grisly discovery not long after: the pink carpet was made out of compounds found in the human body!

Marguerite Humeau, the artist behind this unusual installation, refers to her work as a ‘biological showroom’. Marguerite’s aim is to use her extensive research of zoology to take the visitor back to the origins of life. Whilst this exhibition may not be for the faint-hearted, it was certainly one of the most original pieces of art we have seen lately and well worth visiting. Find out more about the exhibitions mentioned here.



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