Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Surface Shorts – Call for Submissions

Surface Gallery are now seeking artists, filmmakers and creativities to submit short videos for an exhibition of moving image taking place in late April. Surface’s large gallery floor will be transformed into a screening space for a two-week exhibition exploring emerging talents in contemporary film, video art and animation.

The theme of the exhibition is open as we prepare to curate a diverse screening programme that explores the spectrum of the moving image medium. The only specification for submission is that films are no longer than 30minutes in length and are suitable to be shown on a large screen projection.

There is no fee to submit entries, however if your artwork is selected Surface Gallery will charge a £20 fee (10% discount for students) to take part in the exhibition. Selected pieces will be given dedicated slots within the daily screening programme.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 4th April 6pm

For further information and to download an application form please visit our website:

Or contact us here:

0115 947 0793

Surface Summer Artist Residency 2011: “Site & Situ”

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the first Solo Summer Artist Residency in the Surface Project Space.

This summer residency is an opportunity for an early–mid career Artist to make new work in situ and in response to the Surface Project Space over a period of 3 months. The selected artist will be working in Surface’s 4-storey building, based in Nottingham and which comprises of a volunteer office, the contemporary art gallery: Surface Gallery, the artist studio group: Surface Dwellers and the Project Space dedicated entirely to the artist-in-residence.

This residency is open to any practicing artist who is actively interested in developing new work in a new site. Applications are welcome from national and international artists. We would like the artist to be working in the residency space as often as possible, however we are unfortunately not able to offer or fund accommodation or travel for the artist.

For all enquiries please contact and include ‘Residency Enquiry’ in the subject title.

Residency Dates:

21st May – 21st August 2011

Further Details:

Application Deadline: 4.00pm Sunday 17th April
Shortlisted Applicants notified: Saturday 23rd April
Shortlisted Applicants Interviewed: Friday 6th May
Successful Applicant Informed: Saturday 7th May
Residency Begins: Saturday 21st May

Friday, 4 March 2011

1%ers - Banality & Big Questions

February 18th to March 3rd 2011

Alan Binns made good use of the Surface space in curating the most recent show Banality & Big Questions. This show brought together diverse styles of artworks that placed together began to create a bizarre domestic setting. A horned chair, a lightswitch in a cigarrette tin and half a man watching some unusual youtube footage were some of the highlights of this exhibition.

4 CAN + 2 =

February 8th to February 12th 2011

A show of collaborating forces, 4 CAN + 2 brings together the individual practises of four artists of the ‘CAN’ Studio Group – founder Marek Tobolewski and artists Billie Ireland, Pauline Woolley and IngeTong - as well as those of two independent artists, Louis Closs and Martin Lewis.

The International Postcard Show 2011

January 18th to January 29th 2011

The annual postcard show featured hundreds of original artworks by a diverse selection of artists. Unrestricted by medium each piece is unique to the artistic sensibility of its creator, but at the same time connected to the group by its 6 x 4” postcard size limitation. Surface gallery was also featured on the BBC website, take a look!