Nottingham Contemporary art gallery marks fifth birthday
It has been five years since the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery first opened its doors to the public.
The £20m gallery, which has faced both praise and criticism for its design, aimed to link old and new Nottingham when it opened in November 2009.
The green and gold building, designed by architect Caruso St John, was built into a sandstone cliff and decorated with lace embossed concrete panels.
The lace design was taken from a print of an 1847 pattern which was found in a time capsule by architects near the site.
The building took four years to complete and saw the project run almost £6m over budget.
The centre, a registered charity, is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Nottingham City Council. It also received help from the European Regional Development Fund and National Lottery.
It contains four galleries, performance and film space and a learning room.
On its opening day hundreds of people queued to see its first exhibitions which included 60 paintings from David Hockney and work by American artist Frances Stark.
Centre director, Alex Farquharson, said: "When we opened five years ago we aimed to be a leading international art gallery with a strong local sense of purpose.
"We believe that contemporary artists offer extraordinary perspectives on society - and we wanted to share their work with as many people as possible."
Since it opened the gallery has shown 31 international art exhibitions and has clocked up 930,000 visitors.
Exhibitions have included Star City, which looked at art under Communism, Huang Yong Ping's art work made from the fuselage of an American spy plane, and Aquatopia, an exhibition inspired by the ocean.
Peter Knott, from Arts Council England, said: "Our ambition is for as many people as possible to benefit from art and culture, and it's great to be able to look back over the last five years and see how public investment in Nottingham Contemporary has had an impact."
The building won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award for architectural excellence in 2010 and has had several nominations for other design and architecture awards since opening.