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East Midlands graduate project: em16: call for submissions


Surface Gallery is now accepting submissions for our eighth East Midlands Graduate Project, EM16: Nottingham’s only graduate residency. This opportunity supports Fine Art graduates from across the region by offering a free residency and exhibition in an independent contemporary art space to kick-start the transition from university to professional art world.

Eight artists will be selected to produce a new body of work for the subsequent exhibition. The residency will take place in our open-plan project space, enabling the artists to interact and develop their practice in a stimulating and mutually supportive environment. There will be in-house critical feedback, and several opportunities for formal critique sessions with established artists and curators, including Diana Ali. 

The residency will culminate in a two-week exhibition in the main gallery. The artists will work with our project team, and will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of event management, such as flyer design and copywriting. The final stage in this collective project will see the artists bring together their diverse creative practices in the curation of their exhibition. Successful candidates will also be expected to plan and lead their own workshops on each Saturday of the residency when there will be an open studios event.

Following the selection process, candidates will be invited for interview. We will be looking for artists whose work is already strong and ambitious, and demonstrates the potential for continued development. EM16 is open to practitioners of all disciplines, and applications are welcome from all recent BA and MA Fine Art graduates from East Midlands universities, and graduates now resident in the region who studied elsewhere.  

Resident artists will have twenty-four hour access during the four-week residency, wifi access, and use of the kitchen area.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 18th July, midnight

Application packs can be downloaded here

No Application Fee

Residency: 10th October - 6th November
Exhibition: 11th - 26th November

Street Art Festival 2016: Call for Submissions

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Graffiti / Alternative/ Illustration / Paste‐Up / Graphics / Yarn Bombing / Sticker Tagging / Print / Lightbombing / Etc.

The Street Art Festival at Surface Gallery celebrates and supports Nottingham’s thriving alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local, national, and international street art.

Up to six pieces can be submitted per person and all work will be hung salon style, packed from floor to ceiling. All submissions will be displayed as long as you can get them through the door.

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday 2nd July 17:00

Submissions can be delivered to the gallery on the delivery dates with a completed application form and small entry fee. Application packs can be downloaded here or paper copies can be picked up from the gallery during opening hours.


£25 Montana voucher / £25 Bonington voucher / £25 London Camera Exchange voucher / £25 Knit Nottingham voucher / £25 Mimm voucher / 
Solo exhibition in Surface Gallery’s alternative artspace: Le Loovre / Special Prize from Hung Up - to be announced

Prizes will be awarded at the launch party. The judges are Snik, internationally acclaimed street artist, Saziso Phiri of The Anti Gallery, and Rob Rennie of Hung Up, Nottingham’s only dedicated street art gallery.

LAUNCH PARTY: Friday 8th July 18.00 to 22:00

With DJ sets, breakdancing, live painting, and some nicely spiced cooking from Uncle Wayne’s Jerk Station

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 15:00 – 18:00
Saturday 11:00 – 17:00
16 Southwell Road, Nottingham NG1 1DL
Email: jez@surfacegallery.org