May
22
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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May
22
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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Apr
12
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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Apr
12
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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Mar
19
to Mar 30

NTU Festival: Let There Be Light

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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.

Morii
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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