Upcoming events for alumni

We are always keen to meet up with our alumni. Your Alumni Community plans a number of special events throughout the year - from open days on campus to networking events both in the UK and
around the world.

Of course, you don't have to wait for us. Why not arrange your own class reunion? We can help you
trace your 'old' friends and give advice on arranging your event. Read news from other events and reunions 
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Matt Woodham: Sensing Systems

Curated & Created by NTU - Bonington Gallery

Saturday 15 February - Saturday 28 March 2020

Matt Woodham is an artist, designer and technologist whose practice evades disciplinary definition. After specialising in visual neuroscience during his degree, he channelled his skills and interests into generating auditory and visual experiences – including music videos, live visuals for club nights, light installations, and experimental websites.  

In recent years, Woodham’s research into the complex systems of the brain has evolved into a broader interdisciplinary practice. Inspired by the emergent, irreducible states of perception, he utilises experimental techniques such as feedback loops, generative algorithms and randomness. He employs code and electronic circuits to exploit the liminal space between order and disorder. These processes reflect the common non-linear dynamics that are shared between systems of various scales – from quantum mechanics to the economy. He feels that harnessing nature’s mechanisms has the power to delight an audience.

For Sensing Systems, Woodham’s debut solo exhibition, the gallery will be filled with a composition of connected installations, positioning visitors within a system of light, sound and motion. Visual and kinetic events will be sequenced by a central processing unit that distributes signals around the room. The audience can interact with the system, which alongside random data sources and a sensitivity to initial conditions will create a unique experience for each viewer.

Exhibition Preview

Friday 14 February: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

General Exhibition Opening Times

Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm


For all enquiries about Bonington Gallery exhibitions and events please email us, or call +44 (0)115 848 8651. Alternatively, please visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Image courtesy of Matt Woodham.

Professor Amanda Briggs-Goode Inaugural Lecture: Archives, Lace and the Body

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 5pm - 7:30pm. 

In this Professorial inaugural lecture, Briggs-Goode draws on a chapter from ‘Crafting Anatomies’, a publication edited by Bloomsbury, coming in December 2019.

The title of the presentation is the Archives, Lace and the Body and the paper will reflect upon artistic design practice informed by lace, textile and painting archives, holding hand and machine made textile artefacts, or other visual collections which act as conceptual and creative inspiration.

The paper poses questions about how archives, materials and the body enable us to ask questions about cultural values around gender, sexuality, heritage and identity. Through interpretations of historical styles and motifs centred on fashionable garments, accessories and artworks produced in physical and digital form, that engage with the body ethereally and physically.

These issues are explored through the work of creative practitioners such as Joy Buttress, Cal Lane, Mal Burkinshaw and Danica Maier, and the paper will reflect upon their idiosyncratic approach to lace, materials and the body. This event will be supplemented by an exhibition held in Bonington Atrium which will explore the visual context of the exhibition and show aspects of the archive.


17:00 - Registration

17:30 - Inaugural lecture – Bonington Lecture Theatre

18:30 - Drinks and canape reception – Bonington Atrium

18:30 - 19:30Exhibition – Bonington Atrium

19:30 - Event close

Image courtesy of Mal Burkinshaw.


Motif - Curated & Created by NTU - Bonington Gallery

Bonington Gallery is delighted to present Motif, an exhibition and experience that brings together 15 years of research conducted by Nottingham Trent University’s Tim Rundle, Principal Lecturer in BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion.

Motifs have become the cultural hieroglyphics of our times, charting a new labyrinthine set of semiotics that chart shifts in social identity and consumer behaviour. As the new cryptological visual shorthand, motifs have become a dominant form of communication, from tote to tattoo, replacing text with emoji, logo with image, city name with icon. Adopted as both badges of belonging and icons of individuality, motifs can be understood as markers of creative conformity or aesthetic innovation.

After 30 years of aggressive shifts in design, our relationship to retail, consumption, personal and lifestyle narratives are unrecognisable. One of the key markers of these global changes is our adoption of motifs.

Join us in exploring a 15-year history of the application and appropriation of motif across a wide range of design cultures, and play a part in reinterpreting the future relationship between image and message.

Exhibition Preview

Thursday 28 November: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

General Exhibition Opening Times

Friday 29 November 2019 until Saturday 1 February 2020

Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm


For all enquiries about Bonington Gallery exhibitions and events please email us, or call +44 (0)115 848 8651. Alternatively, please visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Image courtesy of Tim Rundle.

Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites

Launching our 2019/20 season, we’re delighted to present Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites – an exhibition looking at the importance of craft, ritual and land to the practice of the ever-shifting figure of the witch.

The British Isles have a particularly strong relationship to magic and the occult, with the chants of witchcraft echoing throughout their history. Traditional witchcraft has a strong connection to the earth, and an intimate knowledge of herbs, plants and the elements, as well as the human body. As gatekeepers to altered consciousness, witches have been both feared and sought out for their dealings with the unknown. Historically persecuted as an outsider, the witch has been taken on by artists as a challenging force to prevailing norms, and as a symbol of dissidence. Looking to symbols, tools and the coven as a space for focusing collective intent, the artists in this exhibition explore the path of the witch as a way for us to connect with the earth and each other.

Artists include » Verity Birt » Anna Bunting-Branch » Nadine Byrne » Mary Beth Edelson » Fiona Finnegan » Blue Firth » Fourthland » Georgia Horgan » Ben Jeans Houghton » Serena Korda » Candice Lin » Katarzyna Majak » Monica Sjöö » Lucy Stein » Ayesha Tan Jones » Cathy Ward

Ben Jeans Houghton will open the exhibition with an improvised performance expressing aspects of his own magical practice through a harmonic voice and the spoken word, using repurposed effects pedals, loopers, ritual tools, and costume.

Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites is a UK touring exhibition curated by Legion Projects and supported by Arts Council England.

For more information, visit the website here

Dates: Friday 27 Sept - Saturday 16 Nov

Times: Monday - Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 11am-3pm 


The Riot Ensemble - Tuesday 22 October 2019

Curated & Created by NTU - Groundbreaking at University Hall

Event details

  • Georg Friedrich Haas: Trio ex Uno
  • Mirela Ivičević: Baby Magnify / Lilith’s New Toy
  • Sylvain Marty: Block Mouvement
  • Peter Shin: Screaming Shapes
  • Chaya Czernowin: Ayre, towed through plumes, thicket, asphalt, sawdust and hazardous air I shall not forget the sound of
  • Conductor: Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Innovative. Exciting. Experimental. Challenging.

Groundbreaking brings the very best contemporary music from the world’s top composers to Nottingham.

Join the shape-shifting group that is The Riot Ensemble, one of the UK’s most exciting collectives, for a programme that stretches the genre to places it has never been before.

Get ready to be amazed.

This concert will be approximately 1 hour, without an interval.

Book your tickets now.

For more information about this event please email created@ntu.ac.uk.

Florilegium at University Hall - Friday 11 October 2019

Curated & Created by NTU - University Hall Concert Series

  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major 
  • Purcell: Chacony in G minor
  • Buffardin: Flute Concerto in E minor
  • Handel: Concerto a quattro in D minor
  • Corrette: Concerto Comiques Op.25 Les Sauvages et la Furstemburg

Join the award-winning Florilegium for a magnificent evening of chamber music, at the first event in our new University Hall Concert Series.

From Sydney Opera House to Wigmore Hall, Florilegium have played prestigious venues across the world, earning themselves the status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.

Experience a programme featuring the masters of Baroque composition – Bach, Purcell and Handel – in our beautiful concert hall.

This concert will be approximately 1 hour, without an interval.

Book your tickets now.

For more information about this event please email created@ntu.ac.uk.

Curated & Created by NTU

Curated & Created is here to help students, staff and the local community get enjoyment, inspiration and intellectual stimulation from all of our exciting cultural and creative activities.

From music to movies, design to dance, art to architecture, our programme is dazzlingly diverse. And by joining the dots, we make it easy to find things you’ll like.

Whether you see yourself up on the stage, or down in the audience, Curated & Created is where it all begins.

Why not start by:

  • visiting Bonington Gallery – our public exhibition space
  • watching an up-and-coming band or artist at our brand new venue Metronome
  • joining an ensemble or enjoying a concert with NTU Music
  • getting involved with one of the Students’ Union’s creative societies
  • exploring Nottingham's thriving visual arts scene with Nottingham Art Map

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Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished LecturesDelivered by an exceptional range of expert guest speakers, the Distinguished Lecture Series covers many exciting subjects and tackles topical and sensitive issues face-on. The lectures are thought-provoking, raise debate and inform.

Our successful programme attracts large audiences from across the region. All lectures are free and open to all.

Visit the Distinguished Lectures website for more information.

For any other queries, or if you experience any difficulties with the online booking process, please email the events team at events.team@ntu.ac.uk

Free Lunchtime Concerts

Curated & Created by NTU 

Take a break from work, study or shopping and enjoy one of our free lunchtime concerts. From vocal to instrumental, classical to folk and jazz, enjoy performances from our talented students in a relaxed setting.

Lasting around 20-30 minutes, these concerts are held fortnightly throughout the academic year in University Hall on our City Campus.

For more information, email the Music Team or telephone them on +44 (0)115 848 4570.

Alumni are very welcome to get involved with NTU Music - just contact the Music Team for details on current opportunities.