Apr
12
to Apr 20

Inside the Blobby Interior

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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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Apr
12
to Apr 27

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 20th 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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May
3
to May 11

Process of Ending: A Solo Exhibition by Louise Lahive

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Process of Ending: A Solo Exhiition by Louise Lahive
4th - 11th May
Opening Night: Friday 3rd May, 6-9pm

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 Talks
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


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May
3
to May 11

Decade: 3rd Space Studios Exhibition

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Decade: 3rd Space Studios Exhibition
4th - 11th May
Opening night: Friday 3rd May, 6 – 9pm

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.

Opening Night Events:
Friday 3rd May, 6 – 9pm
The Critics Stephen
Jon's Bucket Intervention on Willow Pattern Drawing
Nott Normal Performance Intervention

Workshops and Artist Talk

Drawing Workshop with Stephen Jon
Wednesday 8th May, 2.00-4.00pm
Stephen will be sharing some of the processes he used in the creation of ‘Willow pattern Drawing I’. Charcoal on paper, with the use of paper resists. He uses drawing to find out what he is thinking about, using the resistance of charcoal on paper, to stimulate a meditation upon thought, experience and the physical world.

Drop in, no booking required
All materials provided
Free

Meet the Artist: In Conversation with Stephen Jon  
Wednesday 8th May, 4.30 – 5.30pm

Collage Workshop with Antonietta Sacco
Saturday 11th May, 1 – 3pm
Join Antonietta Sacco for a collage workshop that explores pattern, colour, form and found imagery. Experiment with layering and composition techniques to create your own mixed media collages to take away with you.

Drop in, no booking required
All materials provided
Suitable for ages 6+
Free

Decade opens in the Project Space in conjunction with Process of Us: A Solo Exhibition by Louise Lahive 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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