Surface Gallery

Support Us

Surface Gallery is run by a committed group of volunteers who give their time to deliver an experimental and innovative programme of contemporary exhibitions, events and community engagement programmes. Surface Gallery exists to support the development of early and mid-career artists, curators and those wishing to work in the arts. Our independence and the freedom to develop artist-led projects, local community activities and the continuation of volunteer-led exhibitions and residencies are highly important to us, which is why Surface Gallery seeks funding for specific exhibitions and events rather than relying on long-term financial support.

Small Change

A one off donation of just a few pounds or a regular donation of as little as £2 per month will make a big difference to the work we do with artists and the exhibitions that we deliver. Your donation will go towards:
- Delivering an inspiring exhibitions programme
- Supporting the development of aspiring artists and arts professionals
- Refurbishing the exhibitions space
- Purchasing new equipment

Ways to Donate:

Donate online via PayPal:

If you would prefer to donate via cheque, please make it payable to Surface Gallery Ltd. Donations can be delivered in person during gallery opening times or sent to: Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL.

Our Supporters

In 2013 Surface Gallery projects are being supported by:
- The Big Lottery Fund (Awards for All)
- Springhead Brewery
- Feral Sphere

Our grant from the Big Lottery Fund is being used to improve the training and development opportunities for Surface Gallery volunteers, and to purchase equipment that will positively impact the ability of volunteers to work effectively together at the gallery.

From September 2013 Surface Gallery is teaming up with Springhead Brewery! Springhead’s tasty, locally produced beers will now be on offer at many of our private views and special events.

Feral Sphere supports Surface Gallery by donating 5% of each sale to us. This money is used to enable our volunteers to do things that would not normally be possible, such as organising workshops, printing exhibition catalogues, and purchasing small items of equipment.

Support in Kind

If you’d rather support Surface Gallery in other ways, donations in kind are a great way to help our resources go further. There are many ways that both individuals and businesses can offer practical help, from as little as providing nibbles or refreshments during exhibition previews to donating office furniture and equipment.

We have a short wishlist that is regularly updated to reflect the gallery’s current needs, which you can download here: SurfaceGalleryWishlist.pdf.  However please note that this list is not intended to be exhaustive, and if you would like to support us in a different way please contact our Funding team who will be happy to discuss this with you at or call 0115 947 0793. 

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Coming Soon

Street Art Open 2014

April 26th - May 17th 2014

Graffiti / Alternative / Illustration / Paste‐Up / Graphics / Yarn bombing / Sticker tagging / Print / Etc.
The Street Art Open celebrates and supports Nottingham’s thriving alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local, national and international street art.


Previous Exhibitions


March 29th - April 12th 2014

‘Emerge’ celebrates the creative practices of Surface Gallery’s volunteers, who will ‘Emerge’ from the office basement.

Eleven volunteers will participate in Emerge, displaying artworks ranging from upcycled furniture, surreal painting and cyanotypes to stop-motion animation, handmade prints, photography and crochet. Visitors will have the opportunity to see traditional forms of art making as well as contemporary practice and design.