NTU Festival: The Part Versus the Whole
Mar
20
to Mar 31

NTU Festival: The Part Versus the Whole

NTU Festival: The Part Versus the Whole
21st  – 31st March 2018
Opening Nights: Tuesday 20th and Tuesday 27th March, 6-8pm

This March sees the return of Surface Gallery's annual collaboration with Nottingham Trent University with the seventh NTU Festival: The Part Versus the Whole. Following the success of last year's NTU Festival: The Faraway Nearby, this year's selected Fine Art students will be using a critical and reflective approach to curate group exhibitions in response to the festival's title by exploring concepts such as collectivity and individualism, togetherness and separateness.

The NTU Festival offers selected Fine Art students the opportunity to curate a group exhibition that establishes their practice outside of the university. Surface Gallery provides a supportive and professional environment for the students to plan and show their work. Two exhibitions will run concurrently in each week of the festival.

Week One
Memory-Images

Heidi Chan, Que Chan, and Benjamin Rostance
Exhibition: 21st – 24th March, Main Gallery
Opening Night: Tuesday 20th March, 6-8pm

Memory often presents itself through fragmented images, triggered by visual, auditory and other sensations, interwoven with our perceptions. Reflecting upon these ideas, the artists in Memory-Images explore notions of trace and shadow, gentrification and the passage of time. The gallery space will turn into a “time container” with a variety of media from poetic urban sketching to personal footage, from ready-mades to artistic sculptural assemblage, from meditative performance to immersive installation. Visitors are invited to embark on a visual and auditory journey through which individual and shared memories are recollected and intersected.

Special performance to take place on the opening night

Artists: Heidi Chan, Que Chan, Benjamin Rostance

Capitalism Stole My Virginity
Agil Abdullayev and Katie Bishop
Exhibition: 21st – 24th March, Project Space
Opening Night: Tuesday 20th March, 6-8pm

Capitalism Stole My Virginity brings together 10 emerging artists whose practices explore consumerism in capitalist society. Capitalism is pervasive in today’s globalised society, both URL and IRT. In the digital age, content is rapidly fired into the world, amplifying pre-existing consumerist structures that exploit perceptions, identities, and desires. Capitalism Stole My Virginity, offers an alternative understanding for a range of empirical, aesthetic, and conceptual issues, which traverse and exceed both capitalism and identity. Through video and sculpture, painting and performance, the participating artists interrogate issues relating to private and public life, femininity and masculinity, materialism and politics.

Artists: Agil Abdullayev, Katie Bishop, Pádraig Condron, Charlie Dean, Christos Gkenoudis, Demi Hill, Tiffany Hunt, Phoebe Neil, Jake Moore, Takudzwa Mukomberanwa, Aiden Slee, Tiffany Slowick

Week Two
Erm, What?

The erm Collective
Exhibition: 28th – 31st March, Main Gallery
Opening Night: Tuesday 27th March, 6-8pm

The erm Collective presents its first curated show erm, what?. The exhibition goes against what we often define as an art exhibition; testing incomplete works, or elements not quite fully formed conceptually; celebrating these decisions that often happen in the moment. A range of moving image, installation, sound, and writing come together to create a diverse expression of unknowing. There’s a perceived confidence in a work presented in a gallery: ‘That artist must know what they’re doing’. What if they don’t?

Artists: Katie Bishop, Heidi Chan, Rosie Elston, Harry Freestone, Marilyn Jones, Megan Kelly, Tiffany Slowik, Emily Stollery

Four Hang, Four Walk, Four Stand Skyward
NORN Collective
Exhibition: 28th – 31st March, Project Space
Opening Night: Tuesday 27th March, 6-8pm

The project space will be transformed into an immersive installation made up of large stalagmite/stalactite-like sculptures, where theatrical lighting and atmospheric looping sound create a landscape filled with fossils of mass production culture. This landscape represents somewhere between prehistoric religion and dystopic future, existing as neither the present nor anything that has occurred before; it sits in its own plane of possibility. NORN collective will perform as the inhabitants of this space. Lacking all memory of the origins of the relics, these characters manufacture new rituals incorporating the artifacts into the barren environment in which they dwell.

Artists: Adam Grainger, Caitlin Hickling, Chloë Laycock, Alison Squires

Artist Talks: Saturday 31st March, 2pm

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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STRATA: 1
Feb
23
to Mar 10

STRATA: 1

STRATA: 1
24th February - 10th March
Opening Night: Friday 23rd February, 6-9pm
Joshua Browitt / Philip Clarke / Martin Clarkson / Sarah Cunningham / Adam Waghorne

Surface Gallery is delighted to present the first in a series of exhibitions, STRATA: 1.  

This is STRATA: a collective of five Loughborough Fine Art graduates engaging with - and pushing the boundaries of – the raw medium of paint. STRATA:1 captures the ‘unseen’ and the ephemeral in nature, the environment, and the human condition through the driving force of paint. These artists are inspired by the luminous qualities of colour; through varying densities of paint and chroma, their paintings depict landscape and form in both their subtlety and their vibrancy.  

The exhibition provides a unique glimpse into the creative processes of these painters and their own individual practices, and how their collaborative ideas and painterly investigations have resulted in the works presented in the gallery. This first in the series of STRATA collaborations is curated by Sarah Cunningham.  

The opening night will feature a set from Nottingham's ambient-rock trio, Eyre Llew. Nominated for two UMA Music awards, Eyre Llew have been described as “one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now”. Eyre Llew will be performing songs from their debut album, Atelo. This is truly an evening not to be missed.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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The First Person: A Solo Exhibition by Thomas Young
Feb
23
to Mar 3

The First Person: A Solo Exhibition by Thomas Young

The First Person: A Solo Exhibition by Thomas Young
24th February - 3rd March
Opening Night: Friday 23rd February, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Thomas Young, The First Person.

In this mixed media exhibition, artist Thomas Young creates exciting multi-coloured depictions of modern life. Fascinated by both the open-source and isolated nature of virtual imagery, Young emulates humanoid features in his paintings to contrast digital and traditional media. Abstract markings create an explosion of expression bursting with colour, capturing the mood of contemporary experience.

The First Person opens in the Project Space in conjunction with STRATA: 1 in the Main Gallery. As always there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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Elrich: NTU 2nd Year Photography Show
Feb
2
to Feb 10

Elrich: NTU 2nd Year Photography Show

Elrich: NTU 2nd Year Photography Show
3rd - 10th February
Opening Night: Friday 2nd February, 6-8pm
Joe Barlow / Gina Coelho / Rebecca Collins / Matthew Dennis / James Fitzpatrick Diamond / Lauren Heap / Georgie Jones / Georgina McGrath / Ria Measom / Megan Oakley / Joe Santander

Surface Gallery is pleased to announce Elrich, an exhibition showcasing the work of eleven Nottingham Trent University BA Photography students.

Elrich explores the individual interpretations of ‘The Uncanny’. The exhibition brings together a variety of photographic styles and techniques, culminating in a wide range of captivating work. From the intimate portraits exploring the boundaries of time by Matthew Dennis, to the large scale sculptural forms featuring in the work of Georgie Jones, Elrich showcases what some of NTU’s brightest up-and-coming photographers have to offer.

Elrich opens in the Project Space during the final week of the International Postcard Show in the Main Gallery. Complimentary drinks will be available while supplies last. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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Of A Curious Nature
Jan
12
to Jan 20

Of A Curious Nature

Of A Curious Nature: An Exhibition by NTU Fine Art Students
13th - 20th January
Opening Night: Friday 12th January, 6-9pm
Rosie Elston / Freya Garnon-Cox / Christos Gkenoudis / James Handley / Demi Hill / Lauren-Rose Murphy / Emily Stollery  

Surface Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by seven NTU Fine Art students, Of A Curious Nature.

Of A Curious Nature brings together the work of disparate artists through their individual responses to a common theme of curiosity: from work that manipulates the physicality of their materials, to kinetic sculptures that imitate nature, to work that explores the interior life of self. Of A Curious Nature is an exhibition of new work that tests indeterminacy through drawn, sculptural, and performative pieces.

Of A Curious Nature opens in the Project Space in conjunction with the International Postcard Show in the Main Gallery. As always there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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International Postcard Show 2018
Jan
12
to Feb 10

International Postcard Show 2018

The International Postcard Show 2018
13th January - 10th February
Opening Night: Friday, 12th January, 6 - 9pm

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.

As the Nottingham Post commented on last year's show: "Surface Gallery's Postcard Show has become a fixed event in Nottingham's exhibition calendar. And if you still haven't been able to get to one, then do your best to see this year's wild and wonderful incarnation .... There is, as the phrase goes, 'something for everyone.'"

All artwork is priced at £15, so this is a fantastic opportunity for visitors and aspiring art collectors to snap up an original work of art at an affordable price.

All participating artists will have the opportunity to exchange their postcard with another artist selected at random at the end of the exhibition. We hope that this exchange will help foster new connections and encourage communication among artists from diverse backgrounds and different parts of the world.

A panel of Surface Gallery judges will select three prize winners. The prizes include a £50 first prize, an original signed drawing by Zoe Spowage as second prize, and a piece of Keishi Jewellery as third prize. The People’s Prize is chosen by our visitors who will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork. The People’s Prize will be an exhibition in the Surface Gallery’s alternative artspace, Le Loovre.

The International Postcard Show will open in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Of a Curious Nature: An Exhibition by NTU Fine Art Students, which will take place in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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