The ‘Surface Dwellers Old and New’ is an exhibition running from 13–27th August for the artists who occupy the studios at Surface Gallery, giving them the opportunity to showcase some of their old or new collections. The exhibition collaborates the diverse works of some of Nottingham’s accomplished and talented artists. The only theme connecting them is that they all take residency in the workshops within the gallery. The pieces featured include a variety of disciplines which the artists specialise in, such as painting, drawing, sculptures, 3D model work, eco colouring textiles and plate printing.
It was opening night and on my arrival at the gallery's main studio it would be fair to say it was in a state of organised chaos, as before any good event or exhibition. The artists had been up until the early hours, finishing off their work and there were still remnants of the previous Street Art Festival looming. The venue quickly transformed before my eyes with all hands on board to clean, sweep and hang the remaining pieces on the walls. While others got the bar set with beers from Springhead Brewery, as well as some artistically placed nibbles for everyone. There was even a raffle!
The artists stayed around the gallery all evening to discuss their work, inspirations and their time spent at the gallery. It was a wonderful atmosphere on the launch night, a real buzz of accomplishment as we saw everything come together, including such a wide variety of ideas, creations and installations. It is difficult not to acknowledge the hard work, determination and hours which have gone into the work.
So if you are looking for something to do in Nottingham see if this tickles your fancy and drop into the Surface Gallery off Sneinton Market between 12–6pm absolutely FREE.
The artists are also putting on workshops throughout this exhibition you for to experience first hand how they produce their work.
Let your creativity flow
Written by Victoria Douglas