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170 years young…

In better days...

In better days…

1843. A mixed year. The first tunnel beneath the Thames was opened, The News of the World was launched, Ada Lovelace did some complicated stuff to create the first computer programme, Dickens started Martin Chuzzlewit and the first Christmas cards were sent. In Nottingham the Government School of Design was founded, providing design skills necessary for so many of the creative trades the city industries needed. That school today is the Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design.

2014 marks a year long celebration of the 170th anniversary of the founding of the School of Art and Design, starting with an exhibition of over 100 of the School’s alumni. Some artists such as Jon Burgerman are producing new artworks for the exhibition while others, such as Turner Prize winning artist Simon Starling and comic actor Paul Kaye, will be taking part in talks and discussions which will offer insights into their work. The exhibition will also feature well known artists such as Hetain Patel, Rob Ryan, Nigel Cooke and photographers such as Julian Finney and Andy Earl.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 9 January until 7 February in the Newton, Bonington and Waverley buildings and you can find more details at the celebratory website:

In the meantime, NTU needs your help! Would you like to contribute memories and photos to the celebrations? If you studied Art and Design at NTU, they want to hear from you. To add to their gallery of memories and photos, simply contact them through the website or email