We are delighted to announce that we have a new sponsor for the Nottingham Castle Open 2016! Primary will give one artist, selected for this year’s Nottingham Castle Open, the opportunity to develop an exhibition, residency or public project - The winner will be chosen by representatives of Primary.

Primary is an artist-led space that exists to support creative research and to develop new ways of engaging audiences. Offering dedicated artists studios alongside more flexible spaces, both within and outside the building, where artists from around the world can meet and work in the heart of Nottingham. Primary is a place where artists and the public can share, experiment and learn about contemporary visual art through an ambitious programme of events and activities.

Officially opened in March 2012, Primary was set up by Nottingham Studios Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation established as a registered charity (in 2009). With support from Nottingham City Council, Arts Council England and Foyle Foundation, Primary has transformed a disused school building into a new cultural resource. Now offering dedicated artists’ studios for thirty selected artists, alongside using flexible project spaces (both within and outside the building) to offer a diverse public programme.