Surface Gallery is proud to be presenting ‘Emerge’, this year’s annual volunteer exhibition. The title of this exhibition ‘Emerge’ has been chosen to reflect the celebration of;
· the achievement of our volunteers (who will ‘Emerge’ from the basement office)
· the potential development of Sneinton Market (who will ‘Emerge’ as our creative neighbours)
Surface Gallery has been in existence in this neighbourhood for some time now. It is an independent arts organisation, run entirely as a co-operative by a team of volunteers. Since its foundation in 1999, the gallery has supported and provided opportunities to early and mid-career artists, curators and people wishing to work in the arts or voluntary sector. Over the years it has gradually been making progress to its facilities and services with the help of its loyal volunteers. ‘Emerge’ will therefore showcase the diversity of the Surface volunteers who help to make the professional exhibitions successful.
The Surface volunteers are a group of individuals who are united in the work they do although many have different backgrounds, ages and nationality. They dedicate their time to the gallery, learning new skills along the way and gain benefit from their experience. The tasks they engage in include curating, invigilating exhibitions, technical support, administration, PR and marketing duties.
We recognise the positive news about the significant step forward of the rejuvenation of Sneinton Market. Last year Nottingham City Council secured a grant of £2.4 m to help regenerate the market, which is situated opposite Surface Gallery. The sites development will invigorate the Creative Quarter, and the gallery will observe this transformation of the neighbourhood. We would like to take this show ‘Emerge’ as an opportunity to celebrate and anticipate the bright future of the area.
This exhibition will also invite the community to participate in various workshops that will be delivered by the volunteers. Sales of works are also planned.