Primary is an artist-led space that exists to support creative research and to develop new ways of engaging audiences. Offering dedicated artists studios alongside more 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.
Officially opened in March 2012, Primary was set up by Nottingham Studios Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation established as a registered charity (in 2009). With support from Nottingham City Council, Arts Council England and Foyle Foundation, Primary has transformed a disused school building into a new cultural resource. Now offering dedicated artists’ studios for thirty selected artists, alongside using flexible project spaces (both within and outside the building) to offer a diverse public programme.
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.