Visions of a Free-Floating Island: An Exhibition of Artworks by Hugh Marwood, Shaun Morris & Andrew Smith
Sep
14
to Sep 29

Visions of a Free-Floating Island: An Exhibition of Artworks by Hugh Marwood, Shaun Morris & Andrew Smith

Visions of a Free-Floating Island:

An Exhibition of Artworks by Hugh Marwood, Shaun Morris & Andrew Smith
15th September – 29th September
Opening Night: Friday 14th September, 19:00-21:00

Surface Gallery is proud to present Visions of a Free-Floating Island, a collaborative exhibition exploring urbanism, confusion, politics, and our reactions to this ever-changing world.

Visions of a Free-Floating Island sees three Midlands-based artists drawing on their everyday experiences and immediate environments to deliver a subjective and bemused ‘State of the Nation Address’.  

Morris and Marwood draw heavily on their immediate urban surroundings, be it through Morris’ melancholy painted streets – haunted by parked vehicles and skips, or Marwood’s assemblages – made from cardboard boxes, broken toys and abandoned fridges, salvaged around his own neighbourhood. Meanwhile, Smith investigates the neuroses and stresses of modern life in his sculpture, photography and writings, also referring to possible therapies through large ‘coloured-in’ pieces.

These artists offer no glib answers to a society perplexed by Austerity, Brexit, and knee-jerk politics.  They relish the begrimed poetry of contemporary urban streets, and the linkages between external environment, social context, and the mental landscape.

Artist Talk
Saturday 22nd September, 14:00 – 15:00
This is an opportunity to meet the artists and to discuss the work on display. Visitors will also be invited to make their own ‘therapeutic colouring-in’ versions of some of the work in the exhibition

Visions of a Free-Floating Island opens in both the Main Gallery and Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local breweries, Springhead and Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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Aug
10
to Sep 1

Street Art Festival 2018

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Street Art Festival 2018
11th August–1st September
Launch Party: Friday 10th August, 18:00–22:00

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.

As Nottingham Post remarked: this “richly varied exhibition is just as vital and impressive as ever. As always, an anti-authoritarian streak can be detected—not just in Helaina Barkworth’s Grenfell tower image, or the punk-inspired posters by Deviant Angel, but in more playful cartoons such as Neil Tunnard’s Up Yours!—a pink tank whose gun has become a rigid digit, seemingly beamed up to 2017 from 1967”.

As if deviant angels and rigid digits weren’t enough to grab your fancy, this year the exhibition will again occupy our three-story building from top to bottom—including our alternative artspace, Le Loovre. Dolly Loves Dallas, prize winner of last year’s Street Art Festival, will be taking up residence in Le Loovre with a solo exhibition entitled Touchez Moi. This work is inspired by the body and Rui Da Silva's early-noughties dance floor hit Touch Me. Following in the extraordinary steps of Rui and Cassandra Banks, Touchez Moi aims to add a little spice to the Le Loovre through the manipulation of ink and limbs.

The Street Art Festival launches with a DJ set from the incomparable Simon Vinyl Junkie. You’ll also be able to sample some nicely spiced cooking from Uncle Wayne’s Jerk Station. As always, there will be a donations bar with a range of ales from local breweries, Springhead and Pheasantry.  

Prizes will be awarded on the night by our panel of judges: Goya Torres, winner of last year’s Hung Up prize, Stephen Barker, Creative Quarter CEO, and Maseu, stencil artist extraordinaire.

This is a great opportunity to pick up some terrific art at affordable prices.

Block Party: Saturday 18th August, 11:00–19:00
Later in he month, we head over the street to Sneinton Market. The Block Party will feature a vibrant urban marketplace, accompanied by live painting, skateboarders, and DJ sets from Where WAX.

Flyer image by Craig Humpston (Ging): www.instagram.com/gingillustrator

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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