Upcoming events for alumni

We are always keen to meet up with our alumni. The Alumni Association 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 
to pick up ideas for your own, and read our tips on planning an event. Send details of forthcoming events to alumni@ntu.ac.uk and we'll promote them here.


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Art and Design Degree Show

Our annual Art and Design Degree Show is one of the largest exhibitions of work by graduating artists and designers in the UK.

Taking centre stage in Nottingham’s creative calendar in June, the week-long event is completely free to alumni and the public.

The 2017 event will unite the creative force of just over 1,200 final year students in subjects spanning visual arts; visual communication; fashion, textiles and knitwear design; fashion management, marketing and communication; architecture; and furniture and product design.

Image by Elizabeth Chapman

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You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Curated by photographer Jason Evans, this new exhibition brings together artefacts from our industrial, consumer society.

Handmade signage recalls local commerce, pre-globalisation, and highlights ongoing transitions from analogue to digital. Some of the objects on show remain in circulation today, yet serve as a nostalgic reminder of the technological changes in our recent past. 

The exhibition, running from 19 April to 19 May, features pages from the archive of Dick Hambidge, a sign writer from East Kent, who documented his works in meticulous photographic albums, presenting an alternative record of provincial life. 

Also on show is a selection of erudite political ‘lampoons’ by Ditchling printmaker Philip Hagreen, loaned by Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Hagreen’s wood engravings feel as relevant now as when they were published eighty years ago.” 

Visitors will be able to see an intriguing selection of original items from Clark Brothers of Manchester, who continue to hand produce point-of-sale marketing materials for a disappearing High Street. 

Finally, the exhibition will also feature a selection of locally relevant material, an interactive photo opportunity, social media content, a marketing soundtrack and a new series of Evans’ own binary screen prints. 

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Dolly Jones Guest Lecture

On Wednesday 19 April, the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is delighted to host this guest lecture with Condé Nast Digital Strategy Director and former editor of vogue.co.uk, Dolly Jones.

Dolly has a wealth of experience and expertise in both fashion editorial, content, and marketing. During her career she has interviewed some of fashion’s most inspiring creatives including Roland Mouret, Paul Smith, Christopher Bailey, Alexander McQueen, and Kate Moss.

In 2015 American mass media giant Condé Nast appointed Dolly in the newly created role of Digital Strategy Director of Condé Nast Digital, to help shape online editorial and commercial strategy across the publisher's portfolio, generate greater creative opportunities for commercial partners, and deepen reader engagement.

Prior to Condé Nast, Dolly held the position of editor of vogue.co.uk since 2005, establishing vogue.co.uk as a leading global source of fashion content.

On Wednesday 19 April Dolly will join us to talk about her career, working at Condé Nast, and the importance of digital in fashion and future industry challenges.

This event is open to students, staff, alumni, and the general public. Admission is free.

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Guest lecture: Keith Piper

Join us on 27 April 2017 for a guest lecture by Keith Piper, BA (Hons) Fine Art alumnus and founding member of the BLK Art Group. Nottingham Trent University is delighted to host this event in collaboration with New Art Exchange and Nottingham Contemporary.

This lecture coincides with an exhibition of Keith’s work at New Art Exchange, Unearthing the Banker’s Bones, which opens from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 July 2017. It also coincides with the current group exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, The Place is Here, which is open until Sunday 30 April.

Keith Piper (born in Malta, 1960) is a leading contemporary British artist, curator, critic and academic. Piper was a founder member of the ground breaking BLK Art Group, an association of black British art students who exhibited together throughout the country between 1982-83. Their work was noted for its boldly political stance and critique on the state of intercommunal, class and gender relations the UK.

Adopting a research-driven approach and using a variety of media, Piper’s work over the past 30 years has ranged from painting, photography and installation through to use of digital media, video and computer based interactivity.

This event is open to students, staff, alumni, and the general public. Admission is free. More information can be found here.

Booking is essential for the event.




Giorgio Sadotti exhibition in the Bonington Gallery

SHAPELESS IMPACT NOT TIME SLOW IS (FLITS BY) is the latest solo exhibition by artist and Nottingham Trent University alumnus, Giorgio Sadotti.  The exhibition in the Bonington Gallery runs from Friday 24 February to Friday 31 March 2017, and is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm.

There is a special preview evening on Thursday 23 February, from 5 pm to 7pm which includes a short INAUGURATING INCANTATION, starting at 5 pm prompt. If you would like to attend the preview, please email the Bonington Galley to confirm your attendance.

With contributions from guest artists Paul Noble, Michael Proudfoot, Chris Watts and Elizabeth Wright.


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NTU Fine Art Auction 2017

The NTU Fine Art Auction on 29 March is an amazing opportunity to bid on some unique pieces of art, created by our talented BA (Hons) Fine Art students.

Open to students, staff, alumni and the general public the Fine Art Auction has become a highlight in the School of Art & Design's calendar, providing a great opportunity for students to raise money and a social event for everyone to enjoy.

Viewing is open from 5.30 pm, the auction will start at 6 pm. For more information please visit the Facebook page. For all enquiries please email the Fine Art Auction team.

Invest in your future and visit NTU's Postgraduate Open Events

Postgraduate open days take place throughout the year and give you the opportunity to talk to academic staff and current postgraduate students to find out more about the courses, facilities and support. Read more about all the postgraduate open events on this page.

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