NN is a contemporary art space based in the centre of Northampton. We work with artists at all stages of their careers to present an international programme of contemporary art and multi-disciplinary events. 2012 was a year of change for us as we moved from our previous home at Fishmarket to become NN at Number Nine Guildhall Road. Whilst renovating our new home we curated a season of offsite projects, entitled Fishmarket at…. (see What’s Been On for details) and we are delighted to have moved into our new permanent space. The ground floor gallery is now open to the public and we are continuing to renovate the rest of the building.
At NN we believe that international art and culture should be accessible to all. Over the last few years we have worked with schools, community groups and regional partners to deliver innovative educational events and projects. As we move to our new home, we continue to expand this strand of work and establish new collaborative relationships and projects that complement the main programme of exhibitions. NN delivers a wide range of engaging education and outreach projects working with families, young people, schools and colleges, community groups and emerging artists.
Information on upcoming workshops and events can be found on the What’s On page of this site.
In 2003 a group of artists and practitioners came together to form Northampton Arts Collective (NAC). They were united by the common goal to elevate contemporary art within Northamptonshire. The group’s first flagship project was Fishmarket that launched in 2006 as an independently run, not-for-profit visual arts space in the former abandoned Fishmarket building off the market square in central Northampton. This building housed the largest gallery space outside a city in the UK alongside retail units and cafe and from 2006–2011 presented changing exhibitions of contemporary art featuring artists such as Jamie Shovlin, Bill Drummond, CJ Mahony and interdisciplinary events including music and spoken word by artists such as Alan Moore, Lyric Lounge, Don Letts and many more. NAC’s structure has changed significantly over the years but the desire to elevate contemporary art in Northamptonshire and spirit of multi-disciplinary collaboration remain at the heart of NN. NAC now forms the board for NN in the new space at Number Nine, which is run by a dedicated team of curatorial and operational staff, you can read more about us here.