to Jul 20

Street Art Festival 2019


Street Art Festival 2019
29th June – 20th July
Launch Party: Friday 28th June, 6pm 10pm

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. 

The exhibition will again occupy our three-story building, and feature a salon-style hang with artwork packed from floor to ceiling. The central exhibition spills out onto the alley walls at the back of the gallery where you’ll discover work by some of Nottingham’s finest.  

The Street Art Festival launches with a DJ set from the incomparable Stiff Kittens. You’ll also be able to sample some authentic Caribbean street food from the awesome Dumplin Shack. As always, there will be a donations bar with a range of ales from local brewery, Pheasantry.  

Prizes will be awarded on the night by our panel of judges: Dilk, internationally acclaimed street artist, Claire Dunn (aka Nob Cheddar on Toast), two-times Street Art Festival prizewinner, and Rob Jackson, winner of last year’s Hung Up prize. The prizes will be announced by MC Will Robinson of I’m Not From London.

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

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Jun 5

Ocular: NTU GEN23 Photography Festival

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Ocular: NTU GEN23 Photography Festival
22nd May – 5th June
Private View: Thursday 23rd May, 19:00 – 21:00
Maia Baker / Tom Coffey / Mitch Gamble / Rosie Garrett / Lucy Rebecca Hill / Lucy Hyde / Chloe MacInnes / Rebecca Potten / Rachel Sainsbury

Surface Gallery is pleased announce Ocular, part of Nottingham Trent University's city-wide photography degree show, GEN23.

Ocular displays an array of photographic work by nine final year photography students. The show explores a range of subject matter, on both digital and analogue based mediums. While Potten captures the journey of the River Tame in Greater Manchester, highlighting environmental challenges such as pollution and microplastics, MacInnes considers the relationship between mother and daughter and shared objects of everyday life, through an ongoing game of hide-and-seek. Each individual project is brought together in Ocular, to culminate in a diverse and engaging group show.

Ocular opens in the Project Space in conjunction with Are We Artists Now? in the Main Gallery, both part of the same city-wide photography festival, GEN23. Complimentary drinks will be available at the private view. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasantry

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Jun 5

Are We Artists Now?: NTU GEN23 Photography Festival

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Are We Artists Now?:NTU GEN23 Photography Festival
22nd May - 5th June
Private View: Thursday 23rd May, 7 - 9pm
Gina Gabriella Coelho / Lois Cropper / Jess Govinden / Lauren Heap / Kirsty Elizabeth Howland / Bethany Jones-Grimshaw / Grace Kendall / Oliver Knowles / Ria Measom /
Megan Oakley / Mollie Prime

Surface Gallery welcomes Are We Artists Now?, a collective of eleven, exhibiting for their final-year degree show.

Showcasing a range of diverse photographic styles and fascinating themes, Are We Artists Now? explores womanhood, intimacy, music subculture, the effects of human life on the environment, and society’s impact on the individual. These will be demonstrated in a variety of photographic forms, embracing fashion, landscape, and portraiture.

The work presented in Are We Artists Now? navigates facets of life that often go unnoticed. Kirsty Elizabeth Howland’s exploration of contemporary fashion trends, and Mollie Prime’s critique of stereotypical beauty standards highlight the impact of society upon the individual. Escapism, power, unfamiliarity, and temporality are themes explored in the works of Gabriella Coelho, Oliver Knowles, Megan Oakley, and Lauren Heap respectively, commenting on the relationship between human life and the environment. Jess Govinden’s portraitures of MCs records the people behind the sound, whilst Lois Cropper engages with the dynamic of intimate partner relationships, offering an insight into the capability of comfort, commitment and trust. Ria Measom’s minimalistic portraits of young women, Grace Kendall’s consideration of identity as a transgression of labels, and Bethany Jones-Grimshaw’s depiction of motherhood complete the work for Are We Artists Now?, an exhibition that offers original and diverse perspectives on the world around us.

Are We Artists Now? opens in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Ocular in the Project Space, both part of the same city-wide photography festival, GEN23. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to May 11

Decade: 3rd Space Studios Exhibition

Shaun Belcher / Zenon Geeradkowski / Jane Gill / Daniel Hunt / Steven Ingman / Stephen Jon / Antonietta Sacco / Anne Standing / Gabriel Tejada / Linda Wallis

Surface Gallery is proud to present Decade, the culmination of 3rd Space Studios' passions, investigations, and discussions that have fuelled them over the last ten years.

These ten artists offer a mix of disciplines and media which are a manifestation of the work taking place in the studios at this present time. From the refined and highly detailed paintings of Gabriel Tejada, through to the eclectic theatrical assemblages of Antonietta Sacco; get up close and personal with migrating souls in the illustrations of Anne Standing; experience the urban landscape afresh with the paintings of Linda Wallis and Steve Ingman as they present works that reveal visions of a psychoactive world. Other artists pursue a more abstract language, exploring possibilities of colour, form, and expressions of materiality.

Based in Sherwood 3rd Space Studios provide a vital professional working space for local artists. The studio celebrates and is proud of its position on the periphery, as well as it's continued commitment to encouraging and supporting contemporary arts outside of the city centre.

Surface Gallery invites you to share in 3rd Space Studios' journey as they prepare to begin a new chapter with their investigations of personal and cultural histories.

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to May 11

Process of Ending: A Solo Exhibition by Louise Lahive

This May, Surface Gallery welcomes back Louise Lahive, winner of last year's open, Reflection: Contemporary Portraiture, and her solo exhibition, Process of Ending.

Lahive was selected from more than 300 submissions from artists around the world for last year's contemporary portraiture open, Reflection, after submitting a 'portrait' depicting an MRI scan of her hips. She was subsequently awarded the best in show prize, a solo exhibition at Surface Gallery. Regardless of subject matter, Lahive's oeuvre is characterised by her use of bright colours and striking pattern. Working primarily with oil paint, she often builds up layers that produce a cracked texture or adds objects such as seeds.

Process of Ending starts with the theme of ancestry and death as process (as opposed to thinking about ourselves as beginning and ending). Lahive begins with images of her father's ashes taken with a scanning electron microscope and then shows the development of these images into paintings that reference middle age altarpieces. The work then grows to incorporate the early 'scientific' image of Vitruvian Man, an old idea that attempts to order the human body into a fixed design. The work ends with the body as process and the final images show us as unfixed, in half-human, half-animal form, striving to explore the original purpose of art, which is to connect us to the larger process of which we are a part.

Artist Talk

Saturday 4th May, 12pm and 2pm

Lahive will talk about her diverse body of work which includes photos, paintings, drawings and mixed-media pieces. She will address how the work has been developed over the course of a year through studio practice and research. Beginning with images of her father's ashes, the artist will discuss how these images developed into paintings which consider the scientific alongside the spiritual and presents the body as process and unfixed.

These talks are informal and there will be time for questions throughout the tour.

Process of Ending will open in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Decade, a group exhibition by 3rd Space Studios, which will take place in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasentry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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

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to Apr 30

A Multitude of Sins: Studio Artist Show

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A Multitude of Sins: Studio Artist Show
13th – 27th April 2019
Opening night: Friday 12th April 18:00 – 21:00
Ashley Alldread / Gerry Henegan Barr / Lena Eriksson Goodison / Georgia Fry / Paul Henegan / Melvin James / Peter Lumley / Olivia Wileman

Surface Gallery is pleased to announce the return of our annual studio artist show: A Multitude of Sins.

A Multitude of Sins captures the mood and diversity of the annual group show of old and new Surface studio artists. Figurative painters Lumley and James demonstrate a preoccupation with religious iconography, suffering and death, while the instinctive approaches taken by Wileman and Eriksson Goodison allude, respectively, to landscape and portraiture. Henegan Barr and Fry employ 3D mixed media to explore the theme through poetry and play. Similarly, Henegan divines meaning and messages through the combination of printmaking techniques, while multimedia artist Alldread’s subjects feature, amongst other things:  ritual, fetish, and other-worldly scenarios.

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop with Paul Henegan
Saturday 13th April 1:30 – 4:30pm.
Paul welcomes new and previous participants to develop their ideas transferred on to acrylic sheet from original drawings. You will learn to:
Prepare paper.
Draw your own work with scribes on to acrylic plates using a range of marks and textures.
Ink up and make 4-6 prints on high quality paper using a press.

For enquiries/bookings, please contact info@surfacegallery.org or paulhenegan08@gmail.com
£30 pp. including materials and refreshments.

Make Your Mark Workshop
Saturday 27th April 2-4pm.
Surface Gallery is excited to welcome back the multi-disciplinary workshop Make Your Mark, where participants will experiment to make their own artwork using a variety of art techniques. Entry will be donation-based as this is a drop-in session and refreshments will be provided. Children are invited to attend but must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Further details TBA.

With music provided by versatile singer and guitarist Paul Nose, A Multitude of Sins opens in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Inside the Blobby Viscera, an NTU Fine Art group exhibition, in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Apr 20

Inside the Blobby Viscera

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Inside the Blobby Viscera
13th – 20th April
Opening Night: Friday 12th April, 6-9pm
Jason Broad / Charlie Dean / Ali Eam / Lucy Hepke / Elsie Madge / Renie Masters / Arianne Wilson

Surface Gallery is pleased to invite you to Inside the Blobby Viscera, an exhibition by NTU Fine Art students.

Inside the Blobby Viscera is an exploration of the goopy, dripping, globular, bulging, flowing and swelling. Blobjects are fluid forms, soft, inviting and playful, but our human connection to them runs much deeper. We have a visceral response of attraction and repulsion to the liquid slicks and bulbous pods as we recognise them from structures within our own organic bodies. Intriguing alien textures entice our senses making us get closer to the goopy and fluffy forms. After experiencing a blobject it often leaves us questioning their uncertain origins. Do their globular exteriors have a further interior consciousness?

Inside the Blobby Viscera opens in the Project Space in conjunction with our annual Studio artist show A Multitude of Sins in the Main Gallery. As always there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Mar 30

NTU Festival: Let There Be Light


NTU Festival 2019: Let There Be Light
20th – 30th March 2019
Opening Nights: Tuesday 19th and Tuesday 26th March, 6-8pm

This March sees the return of Surface Gallery's annual collaboration with Nottingham Trent University with the eighth NTU Festival: Let There Be Light. Following the success of last year's NTU Festival: The Part Versus the Whole, 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 enlightenment, illumination, exposure, discovery, and understanding.

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
Landing in the Pantheon
Molly Bouch / Jasmine Brown / Pádraig Condron / Charlie Dean / Beth Ellen / Harry Freestone / Elina Hadjinicola
Exhibition: 20th – 23rd March, Main Gallery
Opening Night: Tuesday 19th March, 6-8pm

The light in the sky is growing stronger.
Seven artists gather in anticipation.
It's on a collision course.
Estimated date of arrival, 19/03.
Something is landing in the Pantheon.

The artists begin to prepare their lessons.
When the education of this subject is left in their hands, will it learn all it needs to navigate this new and unfamiliar world?

On the Sixth Day
Isobel Cawley / Jana Drava / Chelcie Gascoigne / George Levens / Imogen Worthington
Exhibition: 20th – 23rd March, Project Space
Opening Night: Tuesday 19th March, 6-8pm

On the Sixth Day is an exhibition that will examine the creation of gender through visual media, installation and sound. Drawing from personal experiences and social expectations, the exhibition will shed light on the complexities of existing within the gender binary, and draw parallels between creation myths and the construction of identity. A fantastical and innovative approach to the subject, the show will be an exploration of character, attitudes, aesthetics and gender in relation to human history, myth and religion; a reflection on the way identity traits intersect and influence our navigation of the world, with particular focus on gender, sexuality and faith.

Week Two
There’s No Place Like Home
Joshua Brewin / Emily Edmond / Ben Rostance
Exhibition: 27th – 30th March, Main Gallery
Opening Night: Tuesday 26th March, 6-8pm

There’s No Place Like Home looks into the experience of being exposed to developmental trauma and how it can be a journey of discovery and enlightenment. Exploring trauma, finding positive coping mechanisms and key points of enlightenment that can come from such a dark place through video, sound works and installation.

Jessica Pye / Susannah Wheatcroft
Exhibition: 27th – 30th March, Project Space
Opening Night: Tuesday 26th March, 6-8pm

Morii -- the desire to capture a fleeting moment. This collaborative exhibition sees artists Susannah Wheatcroft and Jessica Pye use sculpture and installation to portray their technicolour view of the world, focusing on enchanted moments that can be found within day-to-day instants in life. Juxtaposing fluorescent shards with melting puddles whilst playing with synthetic material and natural lighting, this collaboration results in a deconstructed kaleidoscope that the audience is invited to explore.  

Artist Talks: Saturday 30th March, 2pm

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Mar 9

Weekends and Everything In Between

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Weekends & Everything in Between:
A Solo Exhibition by Tom Quigley
2nd March – 9th March
Opening Night: Friday 1st March, 6pm-8pm

Surface Gallery presents Tom Quigley’s Weekends & Everything in Between, a local photographic exhibition documenting the intimate (mis)adventures of the UK skate scene. A follow-up to his 2014 and 2015 shows, this exhibition evokes the subculture of Nottingham’s skate scene and the effect that skateboarding has on unifying those that love it.

From within the community he resides, he is able to candidly capture both the great moments and the seemingly insignificant moments alike; a privilege afforded to him by his friendship and familiarity with his subjects. Like some of the best series documenting subcultures, it was shot from within. Documenting the ordinary everyday may not show its significance immediately, but Quigley’s continuous body of work shot on film is an ever-expanding record of an era that will one day be fondly looked back on. 

Quigley is a firm advocate of making things happen, and creating what one wishes to see. Through publishing the national publication Varial Magazine, he has created a format for his and other photographers’ work to be seen around the world. Furthermore, in this age of online publishing and instantly forgotten social media posts, the artist still organises public exhibitions of his and others’ photography, to counter the way people often show their work in the 21st century.

Weekends & Everything in Between opens in the Main Gallery. On the night there will be zines on sale from the artist. As always, there will be a donations bar, with a range of ales provided by local brewery, Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Feb 13

UK Young Artists City Takeover


UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019
8th February-13th February
Opening Night: 7th February 2019, 6pm-8pm
Melissa Beardmore / Charlie Birtles / Lorenza Demata / Hannah Fletcher /
Thomas Franzoni / Colette Griffin /  Chaz Howkins / Yewon Lee / HyeJoo Moon / Sabi Nicholson / Demi Overton / Amelia Seren Roberts / Gwenllian Spink / Danni Spooner / Zala Zagoršek

Surface Gallery is excited to welcome UK Young Artists who will deliver an innovative show of contemporary artwork from national and international artists as part of a city-wide event across Nottingham.  

UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19 will bring together over 250 national and international artists from 25 countries. Organised by national charity UK Young Artists (UKYA) - who champion the next generation of creativity by supporting and developing the careers of artists aged 18-30 - the first UKYA City Takeover will immerse visitors in an array of extraordinary, innovative and contemporary work. Over seven days, 100 events will take place, including exhibitions, installations and performances, animating cultural spaces and unusual places across Nottingham.

At Surface Gallery, 15 artists from the UK Young Artist Takeover will occupy both spaces.  In the Main Gallery, process and routine informs the work of many artists, with a central focus on manipulation and tactility of material. Expect to encounter large-scale sculptural works that defy form and playfully question reality. Gwenllian Spink’s salt dough, foam and acrylic nails-composed Shapeshifter II hangs majestically from the ceiling; whilst Colette Griffin’s Past Her combines powder coated steel and handmade pasta exploring the relationship between industry and the home. In the Project Space, work presented explores identity, gender and its relationship to both private and public spheres. Peer underneath the lids of toilet seats in Chaz Howkins’ Don’t Linger; immerse yourself in glitter and bananas in Danni Spooner’s Pinkjam; and see a snapshot of an LGBT party at a tiny bar in Northern Ireland in Sabi Nicholson’s Hell Hole.

UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19 will be one of the largest biennial events to be held in the UK with over 100 free performances, exhibitions and participatory events, plus five new public engagement commissions. Full programme of events now live at: UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19

UKYA’s Instagram is highlighting an artist from the City Takeover everyday until the opening in February @ukyoungartists

Meet the Artists
Saturday 9th February, 2pm-4pm
Visitors will have the opportunity to drop in and meet the showcasing artists.  

UKYA City Takeover opens in both the Main Gallery and Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar, with a range of ales provided by local brewery, Pheasantry.

As a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England, the City Takeover is funded and supported by Arts Council England, as well as De Montfort, Nottingham Trent, Derby and Lincoln Universities. The City Takeover is made possible through the support of partners in the city, including Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Transport and Intu Nottingham.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Jan 26

Hit List: A Solo Exhibition by Tom Van Herrewege

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Hit List: A Solo Exhibition by Tom Van Herrewege
12th - 26th January
Opening Night: Friday 11th January, 6-9pm

Surface Gallery is pleased to welcome Tom Van Herrewege, and his solo exhibition, Hit List.

Since Spring 2017, Van Herrewege has been working on a large series of works entitled Hit List. Images of endangered animals have been sourced from sets of old cigarette cards and encyclopedia pages, some of these more than one hundred years old. The images have then been partially burnt away, representing the conservation status of each animal on the IUCN list of threatened species. The more the image is burnt away, the closer the individual animal is to extinction. The image is burnt away in order to represent humankind’s impact; we are the only animal that can produce fire. It also serves as a reminder that one day we may not, literally, be able to see these animals.

The majority of animals represented in Van Herrewege’s Hit List are now endangered within their natural habitats. Most of the cigarette cards represent the more popular and better known larger animals. If they were to represent the smaller animals, such as amphibians, marine life, and a huge variety of other species that go unconsidered, then the animal imagery burnt away would be far greater.

Artist Talk and Workshop
Saturday 19th January, 2 - 4pm

As Tom discusses his project, you will be invited to research animal species and their ecological status and you will also have the opportunity to create your own artworks. Tom will be discussing his practice and methods of working and will be happy to help you try this out for yourself. Tablets will be available, although participants are also free to use their smartphones to research various species. All other materials will be provided.

12 places per workshop
To book your place email info@surfacegallery.org

Hit List opens in the Project Space in conjunction with the International Postcard Show 2019 in the Main Gallery. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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to Feb 2

International Postcard Show 2019

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International Postcard Show 2019
12th January – 2nd February
Opening Night: Friday 11th 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 Nottingham Post commented: "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 available for sale is priced at just £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.

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, a piece of Keishi Jewellery as second prize, and ‘The Art of Looking Sideways’ book by Alan Fletcher for 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 art space, Le Loovre.

This year’s International Postcard Show also features a collaboration with the Nottingham Mental Health Project, a service based in Nottingham aimed at aiding those suffering with mental health issues such as depression. The goal of this collaboration is to share quotes, tips, poems and affirmations with people around the world.  On the final day of the exhibition, we’ll hold a ‘Postcard Takeaway’ for local people to come and take a postcard (that was submitted as a part of this collaboration) away for free. This means that your submission will be donated to someone who’s inspired by your contribution and put to good use!

Deadline for submissions: 6pm, Friday 4th January 2019

Postcard Workshop
Saturday 12th January 2-4pm

To coincide with the opening of the show, we will be offering a multi-disciplinary workshop. Inspired by the array of postcards around them, participants will experiment with creating their own postcards using a variety of art techniques such as printmaking, collage, marbling and more, in a fun and friendly environment. Techniques can be layered over one another to produce a multi-media ‘variety pack’ of postcards to take home. Entry will be donation-based as this is a drop-in session and refreshments will be provided. Children are invited to attend but must be supervised by an adult at all times.

The International Postcard Show will open in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Hit List: A Solo Exhibition by Tom Van Herrewege in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasantry.

Free Entry: Everyone Welcome

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