Equal Instinct: XXI NTU Photo Festival
Jun 11

Equal Instinct: XXI NTU Photo Festival

Equal Instinct: NTU XX1 Photo Festival
30th May - 10th June 2017
Private View: Wednesday 31st May 6-8pm
Esther Ametewee | Jesica Beckman | Maya Marty | Lily Mcblain | Lu Je | Lucy Nyss | Elle Thresh

Surface Gallery is excited to present Equal Instinct, which showcases the work of seven photographers from Nottingham Trent University as part of NTU’s 21st Photography Degree Show, XXI.

Equal Instinct utilises photography as a medium through both print and book form, and engages with a variety of subject matter; spanning from nature and wildlife to family life. Ametewee’s in depth study of birds focuses on showing the positives of sanctuaries, while Beckman’s consider the notion of memory and what makes a place home. Mcblain’s atmospheric images of landscape explore the 350-mile stretch of the Essex coastline, whilst Thresh’s work looks deeply into specific aspects of motorcycling culture. Marty’s work illustrates the anxiety of growing up and the decisions we face at significant junctions in our lives, whilst Nyss’s work investigates how young adults wish to be perceived and Lu Je’s work explores passions through portraits.

This year Surface Gallery will host both Equal Instinct and Illumine, two groups from the city-wide XXI Photography Festival. Equal Instinct will take place in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Illumine in the Project Space. The Private View will be on Wednesday 31st May, 6-8pm. Complimentary drinks available while they last. As always there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free entry: All welcome

Illumine: XXI NTU Photo Festival
Jun 10

Illumine: XXI NTU Photo Festival

Illumine: NTU XXI Photo Festival
30th May 2017 – 9th June 2017
Opening Night: Wednesday 31st May 2017, 18:00-20:00
Bobbie Egerton / Rea Lewis / Beth Charlton Lucas / Polly Lyddon / Lucy Munday / Elee Smith / Lauren Turner / Paige Young

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.

Egerton’s work aims to portray a modern yet classical approach to the world of game shooting, whilst Lucas has shone a light onto hard-working independent artists based within the UK in her magazine Handmade In the UK. Lewis’s project Please Tick One reflects upon her interracial background and responds to the future of Britain’s multicultural society. Through a series of highly sophisticated still life images, Lyddon aims to explore notions around gender conditioning within society in her project, The Performance. Smith’s photographic work focuses on the beauty of the landscape particularly before and during Twilight, whilst Munday uses her project Peripheral to investigate and document Nottinghamshire’s country borders with a geographical undertone. Turner’s ongoing project Sorry If This Work May Offend You explores female orientated issues within the patriarchal society we live in. Through collaborations with Midlands based creatives, Young has produced high-end fashion and beauty images for her project Kollab.

The wide range of themes and perspectives encourage a fresh dialogue whilst posing new questions around the medium of photography. It is also a great opportunity to meet the exhibiting photographers.

Illumine will open in the Project Space in conjunction with Equal Instincts in the Main Gallery. The Opening Night will be held on Wednesday 31st May, 6-8pm. As always there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.

Free Entry: All Welcome