About Primary

Primary creates an open environment for artistic research and production through the provision of studio and workshop spaces, and an innovative public programme.

Primary was initiated by artists wishing to create an organisation that placed artistic research and production as a public process at the core of its work. Opened in March 2012, Primary was set up by Nottingham Studios Ltd, an artist-focused not-for-profit organisation established as a registered charity in 2006. With support from Nottingham City Council, Arts Council England and Foyle Foundation, Primary has transformed a Grade II listed building in an inner city area of Nottingham into a new cultural resource.

Our building provides work space for over 40 artists from a broad range of critically engaged visual arts practice, workshops including clay, weave, and design, independent galleries, the Small Food Bakery, and Primary Gardens. We offer studio space within an engaged and outward-looking artistic community that supports resident artists to experiment and develop their practice.

The public programme was initiated in March 2014 encompassing artist commissions both within and outside the building, production residencies, exhibitions, talks and workshops, which explore new ways for local and international audiences to engage with contemporary art. The programme takes a unique position, focussing on production – offering artists the freedom to take risks and experiment with new work.

Primary is a member of the New Midland Group with Backlit and One Thoresby Street, working together to develop sustainability, activity and profile for the contemporary visual arts and artists within the city.

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