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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