Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts

Lido to Lakeside in the Djanogly Gallery

Our Spaces & Facilities

Lakeside Arts is situated at the South Entrance to the University of Nottingham’s University Park Campus. We are one of the largest University-based arts centres in the UK and over 200,000 people of all ages and abilities engage annually with Lakeside’s cultural programme – delivered across multiple venues and spaces.

Visitors enjoy the Lowry exhibition in the Djanogly Gallery


Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday 12noon-4pm
Free Admission

The Djanogly Gallery opened in 1992 and is the most longstanding of the Lakeside Arts venues. The Gallery presents a year-round programme of largely twentieth-century and contemporary art exhibitions by British and international artists. A number of the exhibitions are related directly to research conducted at the University. All the exhibitions are complimented by public lectures and talks and supported by learning activities for schools and the wider community.

Visitors in the University of Nottingham Museum


Open Thursday-Sunday 12noon-4pm
Closed Monday-Wednesday

Free Admission

Voted Nottinghamshire Heritage Site of the Year 2014 – the University of Nottingham Museum first opened in 1933 when Felix Oswald, District Probate Officer of Nottingham donated his collections to the University. This included the material he excavated at the Roman settlement of Margidunum at Bingham in Nottinghamshire and the internationally important collection of Samian Roman pottery. The Museum’s permanent collection contains archaeological artefacts from Nottinghamshire and the wider East Midlands – from prehistoric hand-axes to Roman gaming pieces.

An exhibition in the Weston Gallery


Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12noon-4pm
Closed Mondays
Free Admission

The Weston Gallery in the DH Lawrence Pavilion is a public showcase for The University of Nottingham’s prized and unique manuscripts and special collections and also hosts visiting exhibitions of national and regional historical interest. The gallery offers a wonderful opportunity to show material that would otherwise be seen only by dedicated students, historians and researchers.

Girl on bicycle in Blue Stockings in the Djanogly Theatre


The Djanogly Theatre opened in September 2001 in the award-winning DH Lawrence Pavilion designed by Julian Marsh. The theatre is an end on small-mid scale blackbox theatre with retractable seating suitable for up to 203 people. It hosts performances of professional visiting and commissioned/co-produced theatre, dance, amplified music – specifically world, folk and jazz – comedy, literature/spoken word, and festival events including NottDance and Chinese New Year.

Piano recital in the Djanogly Recital Hall


The 200-seat Djanogly Recital Hall located in the Department of Music opened in 1994 aided by the generous philanthropy of Sir Harry Djanogly and his wife Lady Carol after whom the hall was named. Designed by architect Graham Brown of Graham Brown Associates, Regent Street Nottingham with acoustic design by David Kenton Jones (1929–2006), an acknowledged world-leader in concert-hall acoustics, it was listed in 2012 as one of the UK’s top ten venues for chamber music (Classical Music Magazine).

Lakeside Arts programmes professional concerts by outstanding international musicians which take place in the Djanogly Recital Hall during the academic year. The hall is also used by students in the Department of Music for their regular lunchtime concerts, rehearsals and recital examinations.


Angear Visitor Centre

Adjacent to the Djanogly Gallery, this multi-purpose exhibition space is also often used for evening and corporate functions.

Wallner Gallery

One of Lakeside’s smaller scale spaces for the exhibition of work by regional artists in the DH Lawrence Pavilion.


Visual Arts Studio

Located in the DH Lawrence Pavilion, the Visual Arts Studio was added to the Pavilion as part of its 2005 expansion. The studio hosts artist-led workshops, our Gallery Art Groups and numerous school group visits every year.

Performing Arts Studio

A fully equipped black box studio in the DH Lawrence Pavilion suitable for performances, rehearsals, workshops, lectures, meetings and film screenings. It also provides workshop space for each of Lakeside’s youth theatre groups, and a creative space for the development of new work.

Learning Studio

Part of the Djanogly Gallery building, the Learning Studio hosts visual arts workshops, our Family Saturday arts and craft activities and is regularly used to facilitate school visits to our exhibition spaces.


Gallery Café

The Gallery Café serves breakfast, snacks, lunches and afternoon teas. It’s the ideal spot to relax after visiting the latest exhibition in the Djanogly Gallery or the Museum and having treated yourself to a little something in the Lakeside Shop.

Pavilion Café

The Pavilion Café is in the DH Lawrence Pavilion, right by the lake. It offers the best in local and regional ingredients, and plenty of yummy cakes, bakes and speciality teas and coffees. The Pavilion Café is also open until the end of the interval on performance evenings and our delicious pre-show menu service begins at 5.30pm with last orders at 6.45pm (for 7.30pm performances) or 7.15pm (for 8pm performances). We recommend making an advanced table reservation by calling 0115 846 7179 to avoid disappointment.

Lakeside Shop

The Lakeside Shop next to the Angear Visitor Centre is packed with unique and unusual handmade, design-led gifts for the extra special people in your life. It's a shopping destination in its own right, or the perfect way to round off a visit.


Arts Lecture Theatre

Located next to the University of Nottingham Museum, this teaching facility is used daily by arts students of the University and Lakeside frequently makes use of the space to present talks and lectures connected to visual arts and heritage programming.

Meeting Room One

A flexible space next to Box Office in the DH Lawrence Pavilion that is occasionally used for workshops.

Music Rehearsal Hall

Part of the University of Nottingham’s Music Department, Lakeside predominantly uses the hall for University Philharmonia and Choir rehearsals.


Located outside the Pavilion Café, Lakeside makes use of the Amphitheatre to present student music performances and for Wheee!, our annual children’s theatre and dance festival.

Highfields Park

Owned and managed by Nottingham City Council, Lakeside uses the park to present large-scale outdoor festivals such as Wheee!, our annual children’s theatre and dance festival.