Novus: NTU Off the Screen Photography Festival
May
29
to Jun 9

Novus: NTU Off the Screen Photography Festival

Novus: NTU Off the Screen Photography Festival
30th May – 9th June
Opening Night: Tuesday 29th May 18:00 – 20:00
Gina Bains | Molly Eynon | Isabella Howes | Bridie Lewis | Samantha Strutt
|Jack Thompson |  Leah Wareham

This June Surface Gallery is excited to present Novus, part of Nottingham Trent University’s city-wide photography degree show, Off the Screen.

Novus displays the work of seven photographers exploring a variety of artistic disciplines. Works featured investigate the realms of the abstract and surreal, documentary, moving image and photomontage. From Eyon’s exploration into the uncanny and how images do not always reflect reality, to Wareham’s more traditional documentary work that looks at the modern existence of the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent, Novus offers a broad and intriguing visual experience, which questions our preconceptions of how we view the world.

Follow the Novus exhibition on Instagram @novus.offthescreen.

This year Surface Gallery will host both Novus and Lotus, two groups from the NTU degree show, Off the Screen. Novus will take place in the Project Space in conjunction with Lotus which will take place in the Main Gallery. As always there will also be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone welcome

 

View Event →
Lotus: Off the Screen Photography Festival
May
29
to Jun 9

Lotus: Off the Screen Photography Festival

Lotus: NTU Off The Screen Photography Festival
30th May – 9th June
Opening Night: Tuesday 29th May, 18:00-20:00
Victoria Colquhoun-Postill / Lilly Craigen / Sarah Jackson / Megan Powell / Amy    Spencer / Georgia Spencer / Deeanna Thorpe

Surface Gallery is proud to announce the return of the NTU Photography Degree Show, showcasing the work of talented collective, Lotus.

Just as the seven petals of a lotus come together, this exhibition is a collaboration from seven female creatives. From the exploration of a space through landscape photography (Victoria Colquhoun-Postill), intricate line work and image combinations (Georgia Spencer), to humorous yet thoughtful self-portraits (Deeanna Thorpe), the focus of the work shifts from artist to artist. Lotus features the work of seven final year NTU photography students, from stills to moving image and sound, in a range of subject matter.

The work displayed has been collected over the last year from all over the country, celebrating a three-year long development each of these artists has gone through stylistically and thematically, before they enter the world of industry.

Welcome to Lotus.

Lotus opens in the Main Gallery Space, in conjunction with Novus in the Project Space, both part of the same city-wide photography festival, Off The Screen. A bar will be provided with complimentary drinks from the Lotus team. As always, there will also be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

View Event →
Imprints of Passing Time: A Solo Exhibition by Bettina Fung
May
11
to May 19

Imprints of Passing Time: A Solo Exhibition by Bettina Fung

Imprints of Passing Time: A Solo Exhibition by Bettina Fung
12th May – 19th May
Opening Night: Friday 11th May, 6-9 pm

This May, Surface Gallery welcomes back Bettina Fung, winner of last year's Draw the Line open, and her solo exhibition, Imprints of Passing Time.

Imprints of Passing Time is an exhibition of monoprints and performances that contemplates the value of non-doing as opposed to the modern-day lifestyle of haste, efficiency, and productivity. Influenced by Taoist philosophy, Fung questions the idea of progress and the culture of overworking, and draws attention to slowness, idleness, and aimlessness by exploring what doing nothing entails.

Fung uses actions that are generally overlooked or deemed unproductive as a means of artistic production. Performing these actions over a specific duration on paper with printing ink underneath, Fung creates prints from the body imprinted onto the paper, or lifted from the image formed on the layer of ink. Consequently, these prints capture the time spent and actions taken.

365: Opening Night Performance
11th May at 7pm
The exhibition will commence with the performance, 365, a large scale monoprinting act that involves Fung walking in circles 365 times on a sheet of paper with a layer of printing ink underneath. Pairing the Earth’s revolution around the sun with modernity’s desire to sprint away from the old and towards the new, this performance piece questions the idea of progress, the current culture of immediacy and urgency, and the compulsion to work faster and faster, to do more and more, charging forward to the point of exhaustion.

Dwellings: Participatory Printmaking
12th to 18th May, 12.30 to 14:00
Dwellings is a long durational ritual to resist society’s competitive, goal-oriented and achievement obsessed tendencies. This large-scale, potentially collective monoprinting act will take place every day throughout the exhibition. All are welcome to join the artist on the paper.

Art Review Evening
Wednesday 16th May, 18:00 to 20:30
Artists/creatives/makers/art students are invited to this informal session to critique the exhibition and share each other's practices. There are four places for a 15 minute critique and artists wishing to show work will need to book their slot in advance.

Artist Talk: Do Nothing?
Saturday 19th May, 14:00 to 15:30
Fung will share concepts behind the exhibition and discuss what it means to do nothing. This is also a chance to share comments and thoughts.

Imprints of Passing Time will open in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Purpose and Position: A Solo Exhibition by Barnaby Wills, which will take place in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

The exhibition marks roughly a year of Fung’s return to Surface Gallery, presenting new works created within that year. The concept behind the work was conceived at the Summer Lodge Residency at Nottingham Trent University in 2017.

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

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

View Event →
Purpose and Position: A Solo Exhibition by Barnaby Wills
May
11
to May 19

Purpose and Position: A Solo Exhibition by Barnaby Wills

Purpose and Position: A Solo Exhibition by Barnaby Wills
12th May - 19th May
Opening night: Friday 11th May, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery announces Purpose and Position, a solo exhibition by Barnaby Wills.

Purpose and Position is a series of bold and colourful paintings and mixed media works that explore institutional status and purpose. The exhibition references ideas concerning our relationship with the world and the way in which we engage with our surroundings. The artist unveils and re-configures concepts relating to this theme by exploring objects and emblems revealed by a stimulating painting process. Wills uses interconnected shapes and sequences to hint at an urban landscape or natural world. Fusing an intuitive pattern-based aesthetic with representation, he investigates the human thirst for discovery and adventure, while exploring avenues for creative interaction.

Purpose and Position opens in the Project Space in conjunction with Bettina Fung’s Imprints of Passing Time in the Main Gallery. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

View Event →
Made for You?: A Solo Exhibition by Matthew Kel
Apr
13
to Apr 28

Made for You?: A Solo Exhibition by Matthew Kel

Made For You?: A Solo Exhibition by Matthew Kel
14th – 28th April
Opening Night: Friday 13th April, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery is pleased to present the second instalment of Made For You?, a series of multi-venue exhibitions by artist Matthew Kel.   

Following on from his successful This Way Up exhibition in 2017, Midlands-based artist and printmaker Matthew Kel continues his exploration and fascination with the social construct of capitalism and its salient relationship with modern popular and consumer culture. Using repetition, scale and aesthetical qualities and production methods adopted from 1960’s Pop Art, Kel adopts a variety of media, to reflect his personal point of view, formed over 10 years of working in the fast food industry. His installation work reflects the thirst for mass consumerism that embodies so much of contemporary life, using mediums such as screen printing and sculpture.  This exhibition will coincide with the conclusion of Kel’s Masters Degree at the University of Derby. 

Made For You? opens in the Project Space in conjunction with Reflection: Contemporary Portraiture in the Main Gallery. As always on the Opening Night, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: All Are Welcome

View Event →
Reflection: Contemporary Portraiture Exhibition
Apr
13
to Apr 28

Reflection: Contemporary Portraiture Exhibition

Reflection: Contemporary Portraiture Exhibition

14th April – 28th April 2018

Opening Night: 13th April 2018 6-9pm

John Angus / Nathalie Cortada / Eric Fong / Jamie Frost / Charlie Gualtieri / David Hopkins / Di Hu / Milad Karamooz / Louise Lahive / Inbal Limor / Em Lockren / Kate McDonnell / Sonja Benskin Mesher / Gabriela Halszka Rogula

This April at Surface Gallery, Reflection asks, what is portraiture today?

Chosen from over 300 submissions, the exhibition will showcase a selection of contemporary art from across the world. Reflection features 27 artworks by 14 artists that expand the definition of portraiture. A variety of approaches, from experimenting with different media to using diverse presentation methods, offer a refreshing perspective on what constitutes a portrait.

The exhibition features moving image artwork by two artists. Di Hu’s work explores the question of how cinema represents portraits via analysis of 51 English-speaking films from the 1930s to the 1950s, while Eric Fong’s work seeks to question what constitutes beauty, identity and difference.

In a media saturated world, where we are constantly assailed by a stream of visual information, Reflection asks the viewer to become involved with the experience of looking. Surface Gallery will be the stage where different media can be utilised to explore and understand both ourselves and others. Take a step back, reflect, and consider the enduring attraction of portraiture.

The Opening Night will feature portrait poetry by one of the selected artists, Charlie Gualtieri. Portrait poetry takes huge inspiration from the visual arts and the history of the portrait form. These performative pieces will be given equal weight alongside the physical portraits on display.

Reflection will open in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Made for You? A solo exhibition by Matthew Kel, 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

View Event →
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

View Event →
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

View Event →
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

View Event →
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

View Event →
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

View Event →
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

View Event →