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Aquatopia: Imaginary of the Deep

Aquatopia is a major exhibition exploring the imaginary* of the ocean deep, which features several dozen artists from JMW Turner and Rene Magritte to recent Turner Prize nominees Spartacus Chetwynd and The Otolith Group.

Fascinating marine objects will also appear amongst the artworks - scrimshaw, glass botanical models and ancient maps, for example.

* or possibly imagery !?


So, grab your periscope, jump in your bathysphere and head for the Shop on the upper floor.  We'll meet there and wade straight into the exhibition.  When we've had a look around we can head down to the Café on the lower floor for a cuppa and to share tales of the deep ...

Oh, and if you can't make it for 1pm don't worry - I'll email out my number nearer the time so you'll be able to track us down if you turn up a bit later.

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  • James

    An eclectic mix of images and artefacts from and about the ocean, from dolphin embassies to ancient tentacle porn such as this image from 1814 (

    August 4, 2013

  • Charlotte

    I had a lovely time chatting with friends and wandering around the galleries. I think that we all agree that Aquatopia is one of Nottingham Contemporary's better exhibitions. I look forward to our next visit, thanks Clive!

    August 4, 2013

  • Lisa

    I'm also a maybe as if the weather is warm I'll be stretched out on the lawn in my bikini like a cat! (Not that my cat wears a bikini!)

    August 3, 2013

  • Liam

    I'm a maybe. If the weather is good I'll be at the picnic and sports day

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    July 28, 2013

  • gillian

    Sounds fab. :o) To wear my wet suit...?

    July 2, 2013

  • Claire T


    June 30, 2013

  • Liam

    As long as you promise to keep your snorkel to yourself Clive. "Grab your periscope" indeed! Tsk tsk. You'll get arrested! :)

    June 18, 2013

  • Siobhan

    Love learning about art, as I know so little :-) ... See you there!

    June 6, 2013

  • Claire T


    May 29, 2013

  • Charlotte


    January 23, 2013

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