Artists challenge Artists at Surface Gallery Nottingham


If you’re kicking about Nottingham and fancy something that will get your creative juices flowing, cutting edge art hub, Surface Gallery, is hosting the works of 5 up-and-coming Artists breaking their way onto the scene from now until 19th November.

‘EM|11 Forged Attrition’, houses the combined works of recent graduates Callum Whitley, Ian Pink, Jai Clarke, John Hainsworth and Thomas Chase. The collection focuses themes surrounding the psychology of space, deception and perception.

Prepare to re-question your expectations and explore the relationship between imaginary realities, real fictions, presence, absence and process. The exhibition also aims to challenge, re-examine and develop your current creative practices.

Immerse yourself in the unexpected creative dialogues and exchanges which unfolded between the artists over the course of their two month residency, and enjoy the selection of new works produced by these young Artists in the Surface Project Space.

Special invitation: ‘So what did you expect? EM11 Artists talking’.  On Saturday 12th November, you will have the chance to hear a special performance from the Artists themselves, as they present a short series of talks sharing the ideas and influences behind their current practice, alongside their experiences of graduating to taking part in the EM project. You can also enjoy a nice hot brew whilst you’re there!

The Artists:

John Hainsworth’s multi-media paintings take a narrative look at the relationship between human presence and the geological transition of the planet. Interested too in the individual’s impact on the modern world

Callum Whitely’s process driven installations explore the construction and breakdown of everyday society. A sense of the personal and the collective space unravels in Thomas Chase’s video narrative focusing on inhabitable spaces.

Ian Pink’s installations examine the gallery as a transformative space, looking closely at the function of the exhibition space and the role of the object; his interventions play with viewer’s perceptions.

Jai Clarke’s own curatorial project challenges the viewer’s expectations and perceptions of the contemporary art gallery.

If you’re sold and want to go along to the exhibition, you will find the Surface Gallery on Southwell Road, opposite the Ice Stadium. You can also visit their website if you want to know more information about the project or what events are coming up,