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Lace Unarchived

Bonington Gallery - Part of Light Night 2018

Lace jacket

Late opening: Friday 23 February, 6 pm – 9 pm
(part of Light Night 2018)

Late opening: Wednesday 14 March, 5 pm – 7 pm

Lace Unarchived brings together a diverse group of designers and artists from across the UK who have each interpreted Nottingham lace in a unique and contemporary way.

  • From: Friday 23 February 2018, 10 am
  • To: Thursday 29 March 2018, 5 pm
  • Location: Bonington Gallery, Bonington building, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4GG
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Event details

The exhibition includes lengths of contemporary lace by multi award-winning and nationally acclaimed textile designers, Timorous Beasties. Light emitting fabrics inspired by Nottingham lace technologies by Sarah Taylor, Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University and Sara Robertson, Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art, will also feature in the show.

On display is a complete final collection and unseen development work by high-street women’s fashion brand, Oasis. Telling the story of Nottingham lace, Oasis have reimagined some of the 75,000 antique lace samples housed in the Lace Archive at Nottingham Trent University. The collection also features a garment by Final Year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student, Robert Goddard.

The exhibition will also include works by Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Sophie Hallette Lace; filmmaker Matthew Woodham; and artist James Winnett, all of which will be presented alongside samples of machine-made lace dating back to the early 1800s.

Invited for the diversity of their work, the contributors have all studied the intricacies of Nottingham lace and its technology to create pieces that not only celebrates the rich heritage of lace, but also preserves its place in contemporary design for the future.

Light Night 2018

This exhibition is just one of many activities by NTU for Light Night 2018 – view the full listing for more details.

Light Night is an initiative by Nottingham City Council, please visit their website for updates.

Exhibition late opening (14 March 2018)

Join us on Wednesday 14 March from 5 pm to 7 pm for the special late opening, part of the Lace Unravelled symposium.

The late opening is open to staff, students and the general public, please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Lace Unravelled symposium

Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March 2018

The Lace Unravelled symposium marks the conclusion of an 18-month research project, exploring Nottingham City Museums and Galleries’ world-class collection of lace and lace machinery.

International in scope, the event brings together curators, academic partners, Nottingham lace industry experts, artists and designers. Together we will reflect on lace as a product, an industry, an inspiration for contemporary creative practice and a contributor to the shaping of our sense of place.

For further information, including ticket prices, location and programme information please visit the Nottingham City Museums & Galleries website.

Lace Unravelled is made possible by Arts Council England Designation Development funding.


For all enquiries about Bonington Gallery exhibitions and events please email us, or call +44 (0)115 848 8268. Alternatively, please visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Innovating since 1843: this event is part of a series celebrating 175 years of Nottingham Trent University.

Image © Mal Burkinshaw in collaboration with Sophie Hallette Lace, photographed by Stuart Munro

Location details


Bonington Gallery, Bonington building


Dryden Street


Situated on the University’s City Campus, our Gallery is a short walk from Nottingham city centre. Due to our central location we don’t have visitor parking available, but public transport will bring you almost to our door.

If you’re intending to park in the city centre, the closest (and largest) facilities to our City Campus are:

Travel Info:

Visitors traveling on the tram are advised to get off at the Nottingham Trent University stop on Goldsmith Street.

Visit our travel pages for campus maps and detailed information on how to get here.

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