The first new exhibitions of 2017 launch at the New Art Exchange on Friday night, with the launch party looking to attract people to visit the displays.
NAE is the largest gallery in UK solely focused on culturally diverse artwork, and looks to highlight issues affecting minority communities.
— New Art Exchange (@newartexchange) January 10, 2017
One exhibit, ‘UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time’, looks at the key issues artists feel are affecting society today, such as the shifting of racial and sexual identities, as well investigations of popular culture and conflict.
To express these issues the artists involved use a variety of mediums, with pieces using online gaming and participatory performance alongside more mainstream mediums such as drawing and film.
Melanie Kidd, Director of Programmes at the NAE said, “UNTITLED has been a fantastic opportunity to reflect on our own work as an organisation dedicated to promoting racially and culturally diverse artists as we head towards our 10 year anniversary.
“Not only is it an important exhibition bringing together leading artists, but it is also great to be launching a major show in Nottingham with exhibits created by Nottingham residents.”
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The other exhibition, ‘The Art of Black Hair’, is launching in collaboration with The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, and looks at hairstyling as an art form.
Taking influence from discussions with local communities about their experiences and memories of hair, the collection will be added to The National Caribbean Heritage Museum at the end of its run in Nottingham.
Starting at 6pm, with a free drink on arrival, the party features speeches from the CEO of the NAE, Skinder Hundal, as well as curators Paul Godwin and Hansi Momodu-Gordon.
The exhibit runs from Saturday 14th January to Sunday 19th March, and is free for the public to visit.