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Thousands visit David Hockney exhibition in Nottingham

Nottingham Contemporary
The centre has attracted thousands of visitors

Thousands of people have visited a new arts centre in Nottingham featuring paintings by David Hockney.

Nottingham Contemporary has seen more than 65,000 visitors since it opened in November 2009.

Officials say they are very pleased with the number of people attracted to the £20m venue.

The Hockney exhibition will be replaced by one inspired by the Soviet space programme. The new art work will go on display in February.

Lynn Hanna from the Contemporary said many visitors had come from overseas, including France and Germany.

"We are absolutely delighted with the response," she said.

"The research we have done shows that people have given overwhelmingly positive feedback."

Opening delayed

Officials say they have dealt with a small leak in the roof of the building. But none of the art work has been affected.

The Contemporary, on the edge of the city's Lace Market, has been funded by the Arts Council, the National Lottery and Nottingham City Council.

The project ran over budget by £4m and its opening was delayed by a year.

The exterior of the building features a print of an 1847 lace pattern found in a time capsule by architects near the site.

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