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Backlit is a two storey independent art gallery located in the heart of Nottingham, UK. It provides affordable studio spaces for contemporary artists; supporting early career graduates, emerging artists and international touring practitioners.

Backlit provides a dynamic public programme of national and international artists including original artist commissions, workshops, screenings and live debates. It has a strong working relationship with regional and national organisations and universities. It is committed to supporting community engaged projects and provides unique critical sessions for artists working in the city.

Open Thursday to Sunday 12-5pm during exhibitions.

 NMG_FullLogo_Mustard       Backlit is one of three members of the New Midlands Group

The New Midland Group is an artist led consortium made up of three independent artist studios; Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary. The consortium wish to develop the ongoing legacy of the original Midland Group, which operated between 1943 and 1987.

The three members of the group are recognised within the visual arts sector as leaders in the field in the city, within the East Midlands region and wider. They ensure that regional talent and excellence can thrive and are supported at any stage.

The New Midland was formed in 2010 (originally named Nottingham Artist Led Consortia), following a successful cross-city collaboration during Sideshow 2010 and again for the World Event Young Artists 2012.

Collaborating and combining skills and resources New Midland Group are currently working towards 2015’s city-wide festival, Bloomberg New Contemporaries.

Our Team

Rosemary MacLennan
Studio Manager
John Harris
Assistant Curator
Bo Olawoye
Learning Curator
Tim Jennings
HLF Marketing Manager
Matthew Chesney
Suzanne Golden
Deputy Director
Rachel Ferguson


Forthcoming Programme

Records Ruin The Landscape

Curated by George Chinnery
and David John Scarborough

22nd November – 6th December

Private View: Friday 21st November 2014
6pm – 9pm



Workshops & Courses

Workshops & Courses



Young People

Young People

Backlit Learning Vision

Backlit is an artist-led venue, offering an inspiring learning and engagement programme that creates an open dialogue between artists, communities and the wider public.

We are committed to delivering high quality contemporary exhibitions, events and activities to the widest possible audience

We actively consult with local residents, community centers and not-for profit organisations when developing creative outreach projects.

We are the only artist- led studio based in one of the most economically deprived areas in Nottingham creating workshops and activities that directly respond to the needs of local audiences.

We develop innovative participatory projects with community groups creatively collaborating with a range of partners, national and international artist.

We are working towards creating a learning and engagement programme, led by our studio artist’s providing them with an opportunity to share their skills and encourage public participation with their practice.

We support critical debate for local artists, students and new and existing audiences.

If you would like to find out more please contact   Bo Olawoye, Development Director/Learning Curator on 0115 837 2426 or email info@backlit.org.uk


Import X Port – Traci Kelly
House of the Flying Wheel
«Rotations» solo show by Zimoun
Museums at Night, Mat Collishaw
Alignment curated by Leila Al-Yousuf
Taste of Stone, Frank Kent
Ensemble curated by Dave Charlesworth and Ben Judd
The Art of Conversation facilitated by Rhiannon Jones
Sisyphus Happy, Robert Luzar and Rachel Maclean
Hyper real
Paul Heijnen
Grotesque, Jonathan Baldock


We have 21 studio spaces and house 25 artists, spaces range in size and start from £60 per month

Unfortunatly we have no available studios but we do hold a waiting list for more information on studios please contact Rosemary at rosemary@backlit.org.uk

Full Studio Membership

Full membership includes:

24 hour access

Internet, heating and electricity all inclusive

Profile on the website

Access to any member only opportunities generated by the group including exhibitions and events

Priority over non-members to workshops, talks and other critical sessions

Part of a diverse and exciting studio community

Associate Studio Membership

This member is designed for an artist that doesn’t need a physical space

Associate membership includes:

Profile on the website

Access to any member only opportunities generated by the group including exhibitions and events

Priority over non-members to workshops, talks and other critical sessions

Associate membership is £7 pcm


Don't hesitate to contact us at Backlit or phone us on 01158372426


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Supported by Arts Council England, Backlit is not for profit limited by guarantee, Company No: 8329205