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Arts centre set for opening day

David Hockney's artwork is unwrapped at Nottingham Contemporary

A new £19m arts centre will feature paintings by David Hockney when it opens to the public in the Lace Market.

The exhibition begins at Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday, 14 November 2009 and will run until January 2010.

The centre has experienced numerous problems, including a cost over-run and criticism over its look.

The Nottingham Contemporary building was designed by architects Caruso St John and has taken four years to construct.

The arts centre, located on Weekday Cross, cost more than £19m, against an original estimate of £14m.

Liam Aitken, one of the founders of Tether, a studio group based above a carpet shop on Huntington Street said: "Essentially we're all playing the same game. I wouldn't say we're in competition with them.

"I think it's great that there's going to be a big institution that will show international [artists]."

Moot is a small gallery founded when 15 Nottingham Trent University graduates set up a studio group in 2005.

Moot director Tom Godfrey said: "We're seriously exited about it. It will provide a really strong critical base level for the arts scene in Nottingham."

Backlit is another studio group which is based in an old drafty factory on Dakeyne Street in Sneinton.

The front of the new Nottingham Contemporary building
Nottingham Contemporary was previously known as CCAN

The artists believe the multi-million pound arts centre in Nottingham will help them.

Backlit director Ashley Gallant said: "With an institution that large, more of the general public will be going [there] and finding out about us.

"When they have big shows opening, more critics will come up from London and they will be forwarded on to us, Moot and Tether, which is going to help us out."

A Nottingham Contemporary spokesman defended the centre's modern design: "If you stand in front of the it and look around, at the chapel, looking at the Georgian buildings and looking straight onto the front where we have a massive picture window, it just fits in and blends so well."

The first exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary is a retrospective of drawings and paintings by David Hockney, which will run until 24 January 2010.




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