Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery is the place to come if you wish to savour what Nottingham has to offer in the way of more traditional visual art works. The galleries at the castle have a wide selection of art work on display which range from Pre-Raphaelite paintings by the likes of Dante Gabriel Rosetti, James Collinson and Nottingham's very own Dame Laura Knight, to more contemporary works by artists such as Paul Mason (who sculpted the fountain outside Marks and Spencer's.) The building has its own rooms dedicated to the display of contemporary art, which mainly feature touring shows and highlights from the collection.
The castle also houses an excellent ceramics selection, including The Ballantyne Collection, which comprises work from sixty potters from 1950's to the present day.
The castle has extensive grounds, which provide an ideal space for live events and re-enactments which sometimes occur at weekends or in the holidays. The grounds are also home to The Albert Ball Memorial, a wonderful sculpture by Albert Toft, dedicated to a young WWI pilot killed in action.