Being away from my culture and comfort zone, I assumed that I would struggle to adjust to my new environment and that I might not find the lively environment that I craved. However, I was impressed by the diversity of cultural and historical sites that Nottingham has to offer. 

Many things make it interesting: the architectural styles, the traditional markets, the variety of international cuisines, and of course the old pubs that are the heart and soul of English social life.

Beside all these pleasant locations, there was one thing which formed my sense of belonging to the city, the Contemporary Art Gallery.

I still remember the first time I entered the place, it felt like an oasis, a perfect escape from the city noisy atmosphere. 

I was taken in by the silent presence of the art work and the unique character of each piece. It felt like bringing thousands of stories into life in a peaceful harmony. 

Being there satisfied my artistic appetite, especially with their international choices of exhibitions from different places around the world. It was very powerful experience for me to attend an event where music from theMiddle East was played, at that moment, I felt like being home.

The variety of options from talk shows, to films, drama and music events bring the perfect combination for the mind and the soul.

For me, the gallery is a colourful bubble where it gives me the chance to observe the different perspectives of the self and each other.


For more information about what’s on at the Contemporary click here.


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Article by (Guest) Maya Mamish / 28th February 2012


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A Sense of Belonging