The Gallery

Surface Gallery is the local, volunteer-led, Contemporary Art gallery of Nottingham.

We operate as a social enterprise celebrating and supporting the talent in our city, with a focus on engaging our immediate community and broadening participation in the arts. We are led by a co-operative team of early career professionals, who support each other in order to learn more about running a successful independent art gallery.

Located within Nottingham’s burgeoning Creative Quarter, Surface Gallery’s three-story building welcomes visitors and exhibitors to its two gallery spaces, nine artist studios and open plan office area.

Surface Gallery by Richard Dundas

Surface Gallery by Richard Dundas


Surface Gallery was founded in 1999 by a group of Nottingham Trent University graduates under the name of Turtle Arts. The independent art gallery was housed in the NVAC building on Mansfield Road, Nottingham. 

In September 2002 Turtle Arts changed its name to Surface Gallery and in November 2008, Surface Gallery moved to its new and current location on Southwell Road in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

our Spaces

Main gallery

This is the main exhibition space, and is situated on the ground floor. It is the space that everyone walks through our front door into. It has a grey painted floor, and white painted walls. The ceiling is four meters high. It features a lighting rig to professionally illuminate artworks, and has plug sockets installed so as to power equipment anywhere in the space. There is one large window at the front of the gallery, which is at street level.

Unfortunately, we are currently without funding to make the Gallery accessible for the Disabled above the ground floor.



Project space

This is the secondary exhibition space, and is on our top floor. It has sash windows at both ends of the space, as well as a large skylight in the center. It is slightly larger than the Gallery Space, though the ceiling is lower. The walls have been painted white.
All exhibitions and events in the Project Space must take place during exhibition opening hours in the Gallery Space. We cannot allow public access to the Project Space while the Gallery is in a state of set-up or takedown, as there is likely to be tools and equipment lying around and we cannot guarantee that a member of staff will be available to invigilate. It is recommended that exhibitions in the Project Space run in parallel to those in the Gallery.



This is our alternative art space in the first floor bathroom. It is most often used as an exhibition space by our resident studio artists. It is a working bathroom, with a toilet, sink and towel rail. The room has grey painted wooden floorboards, white painted walls and two windows. Most fixtures and fittings can be changed to suit the exhibition, including but not limited to; soap, towel, toilet seat and mirror.
Similarly to the Project Space, exhibitions in Le Loovre can only happen in parallel to exhibitions in the Gallery.