The Art Organisation in Nottingham

TAO in Nottingham occupied four buildings in Station Street, NG2. The main gallery building, 21, hosting three galleries and teabar, events space, artist facilities and studios opened 2007. In 2009 we opened the second building at 3-9 serving creative industries with further office, studio and workshop space. In 2010 we reached a manageable state for 17-19, keen to support start-up social enterprise and business training. We were then prepared to make use of 11-13 as a music rehearsal space.

Each premise is now managed by an independent team.



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TAO in Nottingham

This venture in Nottingham was an adventurous step toward creating a sustained project, offering opportunity for the introduction of the arts to the community, education in the arts; regular classes and workshops, with artist studios available to rent on monthly basis, with the opportunity for arts-related events, exhibitions and the promotion of local and national artists and their artwork.

The gallery and teabar is situated at 21 Station Street, in Nottingham's city centre, facing the north side of the train station, and adjacent to the southern tram stop and Nottingham canal. Based in the former Hopkinson's Hardware Store, a significant business in Nottingham's retail history, the premise had stood empty for several years, and was reflective of many buildings in the direct area. The gallery has a teabar offering hot and cold snacks and light bites, a wide range of world teas and herbal infusions, coffee and hot chocolate, selective cold drinks and cakes. With a fayre of community arts and crafts for sale. The gallery and Teabar is open daily from 8am. In 2011 21 Station Street was registered as an independent CIC (TAO EAST MIDLANDS) and now trades as the Hopkinson gallery.

TAO recognises the demand for independent space for practitioners in the arts, and negotiated use of the neighbouring buildings from property developer Bildurn, and following a year of work and effort in renovating, cleaning and decorating, have been offering further office, workshop and private rooms to rent, in the upper floors of 3-9 Station Street, as studios and offices and workshop space for creative industries and practitioners working toward education in the arts. We were working toward upgrading the entrance to include a new exhibition space through the corridors and stairwell. In 2011 the building was managed by TAO EM CIC but closed due to unforseen expenses.

With access to the remaining derelict buildings in the block, attention in 2009 and 2010 has been on 19 Station Street. the building had been boarded for over ten years. The rear yard was cleared after a decade as an illegal fly-tip site. In 2011, moving on from TAO, the basement studios were established as woodwork and metalwork studios, and the ground floor and upper floors cleared of debris and vandalism, and left to dry out and have now completed the process of refitting the first floor. Now open on the ground floor, their is an independent hair dressing training salon in place and a nail and beaty salon offering training opportunities, and a darkroom, and soon to open is our book swap, recycle information centre and the Foyer gallery, the smallest gallery in Great Britain, On the first floor there will be a paint store, and a wood workshop, and presentation room. There are now available low cost studio spaces.

TAO recently received project funding to work with disadvantaged groups in the city to create a public mosaic on the frontage of 19 Station Street. This is an example of further opportunities TAO wish to create in this project for the benefit of the community.

The final building will be the most ambitious of the regeneration project in Station Street. Again the interior has been boarded over for over a decade and suffered at the hands of vandals, drug abusers and copper thieves. The ground floor has been cleared but the upper floors are littered with debris and broken fixtures. TAO are seeking ways to clear this mess and afford the disposal of waste.
Following on from TAO, it is the intention to create a live space for music and small theatre performance, with recording and rehearsal facilities available in the community.


have you checked out our other projects too:

TAO Leicester

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Smith and project manager Adam Kirk. We occupy one
building in Humberstone Gate of the city, and are working to
create exhibition galleries, a coffee bar , workshop space and
meeting rooms, studios and a woodworkshop and darkroom
facilities, and establish it as an independent company.
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TAO Liverpool

Originally established in 2004 by Gregory Gurner and Robert
Smith. TAO have had possession of various properties in the
Ropewalk district of the city. Now occupying eleven premises,
the project managed by Greg Gurner and Steve Gent, offers
venues,several galleries, studios, a coffee bar, artist's facilities,
workshop spaces and recently, a shop. The project is soon to
claim its independence from TAO for the properties it manages
whilst TAO focuses on further buildings in Liverpool to support
the artist community.
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TAO Leytonstone

TAO hold the lease of a single unit in Leytonstone, adjacent to a
community squat; 491 gallery. Initiated by Gregory Gurner, the
building is home to workshop and studio space for resident
artists, and has been so established for nine years. The building
has undergone substantial renovation over the years to make it
a working space and environment.
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TAO in your town

Have you ever aspired to help out in the creative arts? and are
interested to create a space for the arts in your community and
benefit art and arts education? Do you have good management
skills? and are concerned for the state of regeneration in your
town and city? are you ambitious, energetic and prepared to work
hard for little financial reward and satisfaction of achievement?
TAO for the Future.