Monday, 1 November 2010

New to Surface: 'Talk Tea and a Tour' Programme

Surface introduces the new Talk, Tea and a Tour programme, providing an opportunity to learn more about current exhibitions, artists’ work and individual influences. Talk, Tea and a Tour offers you the chance to meet and probe the artists and curators, followed by a rare and personal tour of the Gallery, Artist Studios and the newly renovated Project Space … and of course a refreshing cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake!

Each event will be distinctive, as the curators and artists make it their own; new flavours of tea are served in odd tea-cups; and the tour of Surface’s ever evolving space which continues to develop and change is not to be missed!

Talk, Tea and a Tour events at Surface this November:
Tuesday 2nd November 4.30-6.00pm: Terra-Incognita
Artists Emma Dexter and Kashif Nadim Chaudry will be discussing the influences and inspirations behind Terra Incognita, the first exhibition in Surface Project Space. The talk will be a conversation between the to artists with questions led by Surface Gallery and from members of the audience.

Saturday 6th November 2.00pm – 4.00pm: e.m.10 Graduate Exhibition
Curators of e.m.10: Continua discuss the selection process and curation of Surface Gallery’s annual graduate exhibition, and two artists discuss their new work and their experience of creating work outside of education.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

NEW EXHIBITION 'e.m.10:Continua'

e.m.10: continua

22nd October - 12th November 2010

Preview: Saturday 23rd October 6-9pm

Surface Gallery presents its second annual East Midlands graduate show, e.m.10: Continua. The exhibition will showcase ambitious new artworks commissioned specifically for the exhibition comprising of sculpture, installation, moving image and painting, from six recent Fine Art graduates: Kyle Hands, Scott Illingworth, Jonathan Ryall, Calvin Sangster, Victoria Smith and Emily Warren. These new, fresh and talented artists have been selected by Surface Gallery from regional universities of arts students who graduated in 2010. Curated by Surface Gallery, Continua offers these recent arts graduates with an opportunity to work with an established and contemporary arts organisation with the aim of providing them with a platform from which to launch their professional practices and artistic career.

The Surface Gallery Curatorial Team have supported, advised and challenged these young artists every step of the way in order to achieve a dynamic and innovative project whilst supporting regional graduate talent. The six artists have been selected on their strengths and abilities to convey, reflect, and explore the contemporary arts movement. Surface urges the artists to move above and beyond the works presented at their degree shows; we see their development and potential as they move from graduates to young professionals in Continua.

The independent creation of the pieces exhibited find unconscious thematic and aesthetic links as broad commonality between the artists present themselves: materiality and consumption; the transformation of realities into the sublime and sinister; explorations of time, space and movement; and the processes of artistic practice.

Surface Gallery has been significantly transformed with the removal of the partitioned walls which expands the gallery into one large, dynamic, and flexible exhibition space. e.m.10: Continua is the first exhibition to be held in the newly regenerated Surface Gallery.

The preview of the exhibition will be held on Saturday 23rd October 6-9pm, where you will be able to view the work and meet participating artists.

For this exhibition, Surface is launching a new education programme beginning with the Talk, Tea and a Tour event, in which Curators and Artists present a review of the exhibition, the work and individual influences. This will be followed by a refreshing cuppa and a tour of Surface, including Artist Studios and the newly renovated Project Space housing resident artists.

Preview: Saturday 23rd October 6-9pm

Talk, Tea and a Tour: Saturday 6th November 2 – 4pm

NEW EXHIBITION 'Terra Incognita'

Terra Incognita

Emma Dexter and Kashif Nadim Chaudry

Surface Project Space

22nd October – 12th November

Private view 23rd October 6 – 9pm

Surface Gallery invites international artist Emma Dexter and 2008 and New Art Exchange, Nottingham Castle Open winner Kashif Nadim Chaudry to install work responding directly to its newly renovated Project Space. ‘Terra Incognita’ which translates as ‘Unknown Ground’ explores transcending cultural barriers and subterranean themes as well as uncanny humour, desire, sensuality and identity. Elements of constructed realities and their potential to unravel are latent in the contributions of both artists.

Emma Dexter’s influences are a mixture of surrealism and issues surrounding today’s social culture. Her work is also autobiographical and informed by her obsession to translate the world around her. She recently returned from a residency located in the jungle, Las Pozas, Mexico. Emma’s unique relationship with Las Pozas has had a profound influence on how she sets about and articulates her more recent work and this is evident in ‘Terra Incognita’. For this exhibition Emma will be installing conceptually challenging sculptures with the subtext of cross - referencing between them. Questioning ideas on mortality, global disarray, decadence, perspective and identity. The pieces in this exhibition are colour associated, personified and will impose on the senses.

For ‘Terra Incognita’, Kashi Nadim Chaudry will make a new sculptural installation entitled ‘Harem’. On a conceptual level he deals with the death of desire and an exploration of his own transgressive sexuality as a gay man. From a pile of fabric, meticulously arranged in a kaleidoscope of colours, an arrangement of six ghostly figures slowly emerge, revealing their cloth covered corpses in all their anatomical detail. Desire has never been so tangible.

‘Terra Incognita’ opens 22nd October 2010. Surface Gallery welcomes all to come and explore these investigative and exciting art works. Opening hours are Tuesday – Friday 12pm- 6pm and Saturday 11am- 5pm.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Project 29 "Surface"

Project 29 is an exhibition featuring three artists (Carl Slater, Sally Angela Davies and David Ashton Hill)

The exhibition examines site specificity not exclusively as a genre but as a problem idea, as a peculiar inquiry of art and spacial politics that theorises the re-configorations of location. Combining art and site with the possibilities of intimacy through absence, distance and raptures of time and place - here the focus is a site that travels between two points of reference. It is a part of the River Trent that wends its way between Gunthorpe and Trent Bridge and the journey from there to a gallery space. The work intends to engage with site orientated study and the process at which ideas, objects and materials are gathered from one into the other, theorising the transformation point between the subject/object and the location through post modern conditions.

There will be an Artists Talk on Wednesday 6th October 2010, at 7pm

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Project29 Artist & Organisation Talk

Surface Gallery are hosting an artist & organisation talk in correspondence with their latest exhibition Project29 on Wednesday 6th October 2010 at 7pm.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

I am Solitary, I am an Army

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Beers.Lambert Contemporary Art and Surface Gallery present the exhibition I Am Solitary I Am An Army, featuring 20 emerging, international young artists from over 13 countries worldwide, including; Turkey, Israel, Malaysia, Greece, Australia, South Africa, Canada, the US, and the UK.

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Each selected artist explores concepts of the individual in a world typified by conflict, disillusionment, and change. Each considers the exploration and formation of identity as a process and a dialogue between subject and self. Through related but distinct methods, the solitary individual is considered a facinating, prevailing and infinate source of inspiration.

This is the Solitary Voice, This is the army of the individual

The exhibition is on from 31st August - 11th September 2010

for more information

Friday, 23 July 2010

Open Show 2010 Private Viewing

On the 19th of July 2010, We had the Private Viewing of the Surface Gallery Open Show 2010. Many people came to the private viewing, approximately 115 people. The winner of the Open show was announced.

The winner of this years show is Janet Morrow with her sculptural installation 'Monstruous Birth' who shall be having a solo show in 2011.

Well Done Janet and congratulations to you, and well done for all the applicants who participated in the show.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Artists Selected for Open Show 2010

We have selected the entries for the Open show 2010, at the Surface Gallery

There were some very interesting and diverse pieces submitted for the Open Show, and we'd like to thank everyone who submitted, and congratulations to those who were selected.

Open Show 2010

20th July-7th August
Private View: Monday 19th July 6-9pm

Surface Gallery presents Open Show 2010 which this year will be held between 20th July
and 7th August 2010.

This exciting annual exhibition once again explores new creative avenues and encourages unique and experimental work. Open Show provides up and coming artists with the opportunity to enter and compete in an international open call out exhibition, and acts as a platform for showcasing individual art pieces non basis of artists background and previous achievements.

This year the Surface Gallery curatorial team have selected over 30 art pieces from 27 different artists and collectives out of hundreds of entries. This ambitiously curated selection aims to be a diverse and exciting overview of current contemporary art exploring a multitude of practises, styles and mediums. The exhibition finalists include local artists,recent graduates and emerging artists from across Britain and as far and wide as the USA.

Saturday, 8 May 2010


Deadline for applications: 1st July 6pm

For more information and to download an application form visit Surface Gallery website Opportunities page:

Surface Craft Fair!

Surface Gallery is hosting its second Arts and Crafts Fair on the 15th and 16th of May, featuring NEW TRADERS and SPECIAL EVENTS WORKSHOPS! Come and learn the art of Jewellery Making, Pottery Throwing, Handmade Paper Forming, Sushi Rolling and Salsa Dancing!

Browse the stalls to to find one-off art works, hand-made craft wares (jewellery pieces, digital art works, ceramics, etc) and home-made cakes. There will be works from a variety of independent artists and designers. This is a perfect day out for all the family, with something to suit every age, taste and interest. It's also a great opportunity to find unique gifts!

The fair will be open all day on Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments will be provided for visitors and parking is available on surrounding streets. Surface Gallery is located behind the Ice Arena, just off Huntingdon Street, next to the Old Drum Centre and opposite Pretty Windows Day Nursery

Here are some examples of STALLS-

Origami jewellery: Household accessories made from recycled materials: Handmade mugs and ceramics: Beaded jewellery: Crafty gifts, kits and jewellery: A variety of eclectic jewellery; something for everyone: Silver jewellery: Fun jewellery, hair accessories, purses, art canvas & prints.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Hooray! Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend!

Surface Gallery are very excited about the Arts and Crafts Fair which is taking place at the gallery this weekend! You can expect a whole range of lovely crafty wares including; delicious home made cupcakes, a variety of jewellery, digital artwork, hand made mugs, pretty objects and accessories, to name but a few. We hope you can pop in on Saturday or Sunday between 10 - 5pm, perfect for sourcing an original gift or for a spot of shopping on a lovely May bank holiday weekend!

Visit our Facebook event page here.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Arts and Crafts Fair 1st&2nd May

We still have spaces available for traders who want to exhibit there wares at our arts and crafts fair on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May. If you're interested simply fill out an application form (available on our website). Stalls cost £20 for the whole weekend - bargain! And to the rest, we hope to see you there!!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Laura Taylor's Speedboat and Matchsticks

We are delighted here at Surface Gallery to say that Laura Taylor has extended her current exhibition ' Speedboat and Matchsticks' until the 15th of April. We are also very excited as this extension will include an artist talk on the 15th of April at 8pm. This is an excellent last opportunity to view the artists work and also to hear more about the exhibition, and the artists ideas, influences and background.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Laura Taylor: Speedboat Matchsticks

This exhibituion comes from the playful mind of Laura Taylor following her win at the Open Show last year. Find a review on culture24 here

If you missed our opening last night (images below) or if you're just curious of all the arty goings on in Sneinton then be sure to come to the Artnot: Lates Event on the 15th April to view the work on a special viewing and visit other Art Organisations in the area

Post and Photos by Iain Chatburn

Surface Flyer

Spring Arts and Crafts Fair

Spring Arts and Crafts Fair 2010
1st - 2nd May & 15th - 16th May, 10am – 5pm
Deadline for applications: one week before each event

Surface Gallery is holding two Arts & Crafts Fairs on Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd May and Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th May. They will be held in our gallery situated opposite Sneinton Market in the centre of Nottingham. A brilliant place to sell anything handmade, from original artworks and crafts to homemade cakes and ethically sourced products. The more eclectic the better!

Each 2m x 1m pitch will cost £20 per pitch, per weekend. Tables are available for hire at £10 per weekend.

For more information and to download an application form visit our website: , or contact as:

Phone: 0115 947 0793

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Mine The Mountain

Our latest exhibition from Nicholas Hedges has been voted a must-see for this month

Find the full review here

Ends this Friday 19th, don't miss out.