Leftovers: Volunteer Show
Dec
1
to Dec 16

Leftovers: Volunteer Show

Leftovers: Volunteer Show
2nd December - 16th December
Opening Night: Friday 1st December, 18:00 - 21:00
Charlie Astill / Miri Bean / Nicola Beckett  / Helen Braisby / Hannah Defriend / Displaced/Replaced / Autumn Hill / Josh Howard / Lizzie Irving
/ Hannah Johnston / Phoebe Joy / Miklos Ladanyi-Toth / Dominique Mitchell / Bethany Nugent / Becky Pearey / Imogen Renshaw / Gabriela Halszka Rogula / Zory Rubel / Julia Shearer / Rose Ventiroso / Sam Wilch   

Surface Gallery is proud to announce our annual volunteer show, Leftovers.

Leftovers features the work of Surface Gallery's many creative volunteers who specialise in varying practices: from the large ‘glitch’ photomontage of ‘Displaced/Replaced’ exploring the social, cultural and political climate of the modern world, to the delicate glass designs of Phoebe Joy, and the photographic work of Nicola Beckett, whose images of nightfall investigate the effect sexual harassment has on our perception of darkness. Leftovers promises a captivating exhibition showcasing, as the Nottingham Post remarked of last year’s volunteer show, some of “the best and brightest” talent in town.

Leftovers is Surface Gallery’s way to reward and acknowledge the hard work of its many talented volunteers. The gallery, which recently celebrated its 18th year, is a not-for-profit organisation run exclusively by volunteers who dedicate their time throughout the year. 

Leftovers will open in the Main Gallery with a DJ set from Sam Wilch and Carl Sheppard in conjunction with On Colour, a solo exhibition by Samuel Harriman in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everybody Welcome!

 

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On Colour: A Solo Exhibition by Samuel Harriman
Dec
1
to Dec 9

On Colour: A Solo Exhibition by Samuel Harriman

On Colour: A Solo Exhibition by Samuel Harriman
2nd – 9th December
Opening Night: Friday 1st December, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of light and colour by Samuel Harriman. On Colour comprises a display of paintings and light installations based on ideas of colour, shape and light.

On Colour is a celebration of light. As Aesthetica Magazine remarks, Harriman's practice “combines the mediums of light installation and painting to intonate the point that the use of light is a form of painting”. The use of painterly processes, the light as a form of paint, and canvas as a material, ties the mediums together. Drawing on colour theory and the way we perceive colour, Harriman's work extends beyond the walls both physically and ethereally. Different shades of light infuse the space, from symbolic reds indicating matter and gravity, to connotative yellow representing thought, and generate a sense of relaxation and smooth movement. This journey will culminate in a light sculpture colour wheel, while the viewer is embraced by a distortion of natural light.

Samuel Harriman is a British artist based in Leicester. Since graduating from Leeds College of Art in 2013, he was longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2014 and has exhibited across the UK and the Netherlands.

On Colour opens in the Project Space in conjunction with our annual Volunteer Show in the Main Gallery. As always on the Opening Night, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Artist Talk: Thursday 7th December 2pm

Samuel Harriman will be conducting an artist’s talk in relation to his practice and solo exhibition at Surface Gallery.

The talk will begin by a discussion regarding Harriman’s background, his work and what has influenced it, and his involvement in previous exhibitions and projects. It will then develop with references to the exhibition specifically, discussing what inspired the work being shown. Here, Harriman will focus on the development of colour theory, in particular the work of theorists and scientists such as Johannes Itten, Johann Goethe and Isaac Newton, and how this influenced painters and light installation artists in the 20th Century and now.

Harriman also adds that if participants would be interested, he will also discuss on a personal level his experience as a (fairly) recent graduate and about finding internships and exhibition opportunities. 

This is an ideal opportunity for undergraduates, practicing artists, and for the inquisitive to gain an insight into his work and colour theory.

Free Entry: All Are Welcome

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Perfume as Practice: A Solo Exhibition by Michael Borkowsky
Nov
3
to Nov 18

Perfume as Practice: A Solo Exhibition by Michael Borkowsky

Perfume as Practice: A Solo Exhibition by Michael Borkowsky
4th - 18th November
Opening Night: Friday 3rd November, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery invites you to discover Perfume as Practice, an exhibition that celebrates and explores the possibilities of scent in art.

Perfume as Practice houses no less than 20 bespoke and diverse perfumes, each a portrait of an artist. In his ongoing work as a  'Fine Art perfumer', Borkowsky creates scent portraits by posing the question: 'Why do you make art?'. He then analyses and interprets the responses in order to create meaningful fragrances that capture the essence of each artist. Just like any other means of portraiture, each fragrance is unique, complex and highly personal, yet allows the audience to interpret them in their own way. By using the craft of perfumery, Perfume as Practice also highlights alternative ways of thinking about portraiture, scent and art in general.

The opening evening features an artist talk from Borkowsky at 7pm, explaining the ideas and processes behind Perfume as Practice. This exhibition will open in the Project Space in conjunction with the East Midlands Graduate Project exhibition in the Main Gallery. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

Workshop:
Saturday 11th November, 2pm - 4pm

Michael Borkowsky will be holding a perfume making workshop that gives participants an opportunity to find out more about the perfume making process and its possibilities, and to create a fragrance of their own.

Borkowsky begins by talking about his unique approach to perfume making, before giving a working demonstration of how to make a 50ml eau de toilette. He also explains about the craft of perfumery, including information on fragrance notes, fragrance families, and how to achieve a successful blend. Participants make their own perfume, choosing from a wide range of oils. The result - their very own perfume in a spray bottle that they can take home on the day!

Cost: £5 per person, all materials provided
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EM17: [CO]HERE
Nov
3
to Nov 18

EM17: [CO]HERE

EM17: [CO]HERE
4th – 18th November 2017
Opening: 3rd November 18:00 – 21:00

Jen Burton (NTU) / Annie Dixon (DMU) / Amrit Doll (BCU) / Holly Kerslake (Loughborough) / Carla Lavin (NTU) / Molly Maria (Lincoln) / James Richardson (Lincoln) / Sarah Roach (Derby).

Surface Gallery is excited to announce the exhibition for our ninth East Midlands Graduate Project, EM17: [CO]HERE.

[CO]HERE presents a range of visually entertaining works that explore challenging concepts and themes. Toppling towers, dripping water shrines, and images of silence in Sneinton are just some of the works on show at this eclectic exhibition. [CO]HERE is an exhibition of contrasts, expect the playful and the serious, the virtual and the real, the disparate and the coherent.  

EM17: [CO]HERE opens with a DJ set by Osborne (Gallery Sounds) in the Main Gallery, in conjunction with Perfume as Practice, a solo exhibition by Michael Borkowsky in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead. The bar will also offer original cocktails created exclusively for the Opening Night by the artists.

Artist Talk and Tour: Saturday 11th November, 12pm

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

The East Midlands Graduate Project supports Fine Art graduates across the region as they make the transition from university to the professional art world. [CO]HERE is the culmination of a four-week residency undertaken in Surface Gallery’s top-floor Project Space. Eight of the region’s most exciting new graduate artists have been commissioned to produce original work for the exhibition. Each of the artists have built on their successes at university and developed their practice and creativity to produce pieces to attract and engage the viewer.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Partners: Communities Inc., University of Derby, University of Lincoln, Loughborough University, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University

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Above the Law (Girls in Boots): The Castle Prize Exhibition by Zoe Spowage
Sep
29
to Oct 14

Above the Law (Girls in Boots): The Castle Prize Exhibition by Zoe Spowage

Above the Law (Girls in Boots): The Castle Prize Exhibition by Zoe Spowage
30th September - 14th October
Opening Night: Friday 29th September, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Zoe Spowage. Above the Law (Girls in Boots) is the culmination of a four-week residency awarded to Spowage for the Nottingham Castle Open 2016.

Above the Law (Girls in Boots) is a celebration of drawing, loved up with colour. Zoe Spowage creates large tableaus/comic book strips of women in full swing using paint and pastel. Haircuts, skidding shoes and church hats, the exhibition displays bold imagery and wooden cutout sculptural pieces. “With sensual curves and pointy prehensiles”, as Young Artists in Conversation observed, “there is no mistaking Zoe’s transformative style, which morphs between painting and scenery. Her colour palette shifts to daring combinations, as does the subject of the imagery”. Above the Law (Girls in Boots) is the newest work from one of the brightest and boldest talents around. Dust off your frocks and strap on your boots and head into town: not to be missed.

The Opening Night features live music from songstress Rita Pettai “about everything that is love”, and a performance of rhythmic poetry and new writings from William Spowage. Above the Law (Girls in Boots) opens in the Main Gallery. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

Workshop:
Saturday 7th October, 11am to 5pm
Zoe will be holding a mixed-media monoprinting workshop. Participants will either draw from the work on show in Zoe’s exhibition or from imagination, and then turn their drawings into small prints to take home. The workshop is open to all ages and abilities: no previous experience in printmaking is needed. The workshop will also offer an informal opportunity to talk to the artist about her work. Feel free to drop in anytime throughout the day.

£3 per person. Materials and refreshments provided

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Juxta: The Midlands Printmakers Prize Exhibition by Bethan Lewis
Aug
11
to Aug 19

Juxta: The Midlands Printmakers Prize Exhibition by Bethan Lewis

Juxta: The Midlands Printmakers Prize Exhibition by Bethan Lewis
12th - 19th August
Opening Night: 11th August, 6-9pm

This August, Surface Gallery presents Juxta, a solo show by Bethan Lewis. The exhibition was awarded to Lewis as the Surface Gallery Prize for the Malt Cross Midlands Printmakers Open 2016.

Bethan Lewis is a creative designer with a desire for colour found in her natural surroundings. Using her skills as a photographer, Lewis captured inspirational moments from her recent travels, transforming them into fluid and illustrative design. Juxta is inspired by the polluted surfaces revealed in her photography, which captures something so beautiful to the eye yet so destructive to our environment. Bittersweet beauty found in the delicate illustrative fluorescent lines coincides with fluid flashes of bright colours. This has been created through hand printed techniques and small elements of digital print.

Juxta opens in the Project Space in conjunction with our annual studio artists show, Between the Spaces, in the Main Gallery. As always on the opening night, there will be a donations bar with ales from the local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: All Are Welcome

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Between the Spaces: Studio Artists Show
Aug
11
to Aug 26

Between the Spaces: Studio Artists Show

Between the Spaces: Studio Artists Show
12th - 26th August 2017
Opening night: Friday 11th August 18:00 – 21:00
Helaina Barkworth / Jessica Cormack / Paul Henegan / Gerry Henegan-Barr / Melvyn James / Peter Lumley

Surface Gallery is pleased to announce the return of our annual studio artists show, Between the Spaces. The exhibition will see work from our longest-standing surface dwellers and welcomes our newest.

The show communicates the diversity of our artists through the mixture of disciplines, from Paul Henegan's autobiographical assemblages to Gerry Henegan-Barr's sculptural tableau: a post-apocalyptic vision of an environmentally ravaged earth. Charged with making the earth habitable again, robot custodians construct a swan museum to commemorate the many beautiful creatures that perished, and await the imminent return of a new generation of earthlings. Alongside the space-age musings of Henegan-Barr, experience the Peter Lumley's spiritual journey through paint. As Lumley explains: “I have transformed into a sensitive; a person who is able to detect when spirits are present. It's a skill that's evolved over hundreds of paranormal investigations”. As Lumley observes, “I've become a fine-tuned instrument of spiritual sensitivity”. As always, our annual celebration of in-house talent really does promise something for everyone.

During the exhibition, several of our studio artists will be delivering workshops. join Paul Henegan and make your own autobiographical assemblage to take home, or drop by and try your hand at cyanotype photography with Jessica Cormack. To bring Between the Spaces to a close, Gerry Henegan-Barr will be running a hybrid creatures workshop.

Between the Spaces opens in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Juxta, a solo exhibition by Bethan Lewis, in the Project Space. There will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free entry: all are welcome

Workshops
3D Wood Workshop with Paul Henegan
Saturday 12th August
10:30-1:30, £5 per hour

Make a Cyanotype Print with Jessica Cormack
Wednesday 16th August
11:00-15:00, £1 per print

Hybrid Creatures with Gerry Henegan Barr
Saturday 26th August
11:00-1:00 & 14:00-16:00, £2.50 per hour

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Street Art Festival 2017
Jun
23
to Jul 15

Street Art Festival 2017

This Summer at Surface Gallery, sees the return of the most anarchic, the most spectacular show in town: the Nottingham Street Art Festival. This hugely popular exhibition supports and promotes Nottingham’s vibrant alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local talent.

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Illumine: XXI NTU Photo Festival
May
30
to Jun 10

Illumine: XXI NTU Photo Festival

This May, Surface Gallery welcomes Illumine, part of the 21st Nottingham Trent University photography degree show, XXI. Illumine features the work of eight final-year photography students and brings together a display of diverse topics and photographic styles.

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NTU Festival: The Faraway Nearby
Mar
15
to Mar 25

NTU Festival: The Faraway Nearby

This March sees the return of Surface Gallery's annual collaboration with Nottingham Trent University with the sixth NTU Festival: The Faraway Nearby. Following the success of last year's NTU Festival, As if by Magic, this year's selected Fine Art students explore concepts such as distance/closeness, separateness/togetherness. Their responses are showcased in four week-long exhibitions.

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Jan
13
to Feb 11

International Postcard Show 2017

Surface Gallery is excited to welcome back the International Postcard Show. This vibrant, long-running exhibition is a highly popular feature of our calendar, and includes hundreds of original artworks from established and aspiring artists from all over the world. All submissions are included, from painting and print through to textiles and illustration, creating a wonderfully eclectic mix of artwork.

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