Primary is an artist-led space that exists to support creative research and to develop new ways of engaging with audiences. Offering dedicated artist studios alongside flexible spaces, both within and outside the building, where artists from around the world can meet and work in the heart of Nottingham. Primary is a place where artists and the public can share, experiment and learn about contemporary visual art through an ambitious programme of events and activities.
The Nottingham Studios Group which runs PRIMARY was initially established 2003 to provide quality and secure studio space in the city. After lots of hard work and dedication; significant progress was made when Nottingham City Council offered Nottingham Studios Group a long lease on the former Douglas PRIMARY School site on Seely Road from February 2011. Following refurbishment, supported by Arts Council England, PRIMARY officially opened its doors in March 2012 and now offers two large projects spaces which feature as our main public & event spaces, a wonderful outdoor space, a resident artisan bakery ‘Le Pain a La Main’ and PRIMARY House; a soon to be developed live-in residency space. PRIMARY is also home to 28 artists and artists group based there. Frank Abbott, Georgina Barney, Rebecca Beinart, Wayne Burrows, Belen Cerezo, Nadim Chaudry, Craig Fisher, Rebecca Gamble, Tom Godfrey, Mik Godley, HATCH, Chie Hosaka, Rachel Jacobs, Joff + Ollie, Frank Kent, Rebecca Lee, Chris Lewis-Jones, Lauren O’ Grady, Michael Pinchbeck, Yelena Popova, Simon Raven, Reactor,Rhiannon Slade, Debra Swann, Tether ,Simon Withers and Nottingham Visual Arts Magazine. This group represents breadth of practice & quality of work, along with an active commitment to contemporary art. Primary intends to provide more than just studio space, by creating an environment that offers effective support for artists to advance their artistic practice, and to share this with a wider public.
The building is transforming from a physical resource to a social and cultural resource, delivering a growing, varied public programme. The aspiration is to work with artists in the building as well as other organisations, developing our varied programme of events, exhibitions and talks, both local and international which fully launch in January 2014 and which will expand and evolve as the building develops.