I got all my sisters with me

NVA Editor Jennie Syson reviews Reactor Halls E08: The Family Show, curated by Kathy Noble.

I’m not sure it’s possible to leave an event held by Reactor as the same person as you were when you arrived. Alternate realities, fantasy worlds and strange characters are par for the course when placing oneself in the hands of the art group which openly likes their audiences to ‘co-participate’. The Family Show, curated by Kathy Noble, was no exception in its ability to transport its audien...

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The Attic has long been known as the social destination of choice of many studio based artists practicing in Nottingham as it plays hosts to the best arty parties in town from Hat Club to the recent Voguing event - and since the time of Sideshow in 2010 it's hosted some great exhibitions by One Thoresby Street inhabitants and invited guests.  NVA Editor, Jennie Syson asks it's new programmer, Rebecca Ounstead a few questions.

How has the ATTIC been programmed to date?...

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2 at Two Queens: Interview with Heather Forknell and Robert Harda...

Yasmine Rix interviews Heather Forknell and Robert Hardaker, Resident members at Two Queens Gallery and Studio, Leicester

Two Queens emerged onto the cultural quarter in Leicester in 2012 as a product of collaboration between CUSP and Vanilla Galleries. The gallery is artist led, leading the contemporary art scene in the local vicinity with a variety of art forms pushing conceptual boundaries. In the past year, I have seen spectacular shows funded by the Arts Council, enabling Two...

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The Aura of Boxing: The Black and White Series

Max Kandhola’s exhibition at New Art Exchange marks only the beginning of the end of a two decade-long project documenting the sporting life and environment of Midlands born and based boxers. The Hyson Green gallery debuts his black and white works, blown up to huge proportions on walls of soft, colourless grey. Coinciding with publication of his book, The Aura of Boxing, filled with colourful, close cut and manipulated photographs, it is clear that the Nottingham offering is a selec...

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Pop Art to Britart: Modern Masters from the David Ross Collection

Review of  the touring exhibition at the University of Nottingham’s Lakeside Centre, Djanogly Art Gallery.  Mo Scott attended a lunch time talk given by Curator Neil Walker.

Neil Walker the Curator of Djanogly Art Gallery said this was not a collection for a hedge fund, but a personal collection by someone who has a passion, knowledge and understanding for the art, who wants to leave a legacy from his own life time to his son.  30% of the total collection and 48 individual works were e...

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Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: The Green Room

New NVA writer  reviews a new performance by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd which took place on 7 February at Nottingham Contemporary.

Friday night at Nottingham Contemporary, or is it a bar on the planet Tatooine? Wookies of various colours and sizes and dancing priests and priestesses weave through the gallery goers/party guests. Audience participation has been encouraged, but most of us politely side-step as the action takes place around us. Drifting, somewhat cautiously at first,...

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All that is solid melts into air. Curated by Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller, who represented Britain in 2013 at the Venice Biennale, curates a new Hayward Touring exhibition. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air launched at Manchester Art Gallery and last week moved to Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Deller is amongst a series of prestigious international artists, including most recently Christina Mackie, to show at the Castle since the British Art Show 7 in 2010. His Turner Prize win in 2004 for his film about Texas, Memory Bucket,...

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Hannah Starkey: New Visual Intelligence and the Representation of...

New NVA writer visits the Articulation series of artist talks at the University of Northampton.

Hannah Starkey is a photographer, a mother of two and is curious about how to give the younger generation more than what is currently being offered. Her works are presented in a wide range of exhibitions and publications.  As an artist, she is concerned with “explorations of everyday experiences and observations of inner city life from a female perspective”. Starkey’s work can be characteris...

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The Illusion of Freedom: A write up of Blank Atlas' Feminism...

BlankAtlas was established in 2012 to provide an opportunity for international artists to come together in Nottingham to challenge, debate, and present their commitment to art without restriction. The artists come from diverse backgrounds, both in terms of artistic practice and place of origin, such as Africa, the Asian sub continent, the Caribbean, Egypt, France, Iraq, Kurdistan, Romania and the UK.


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Nottingham is awash with excellent exhibitions and art events over the next few months and NVA is seeking a team of talented writers to review the following:

  • Rachel MacLean: Quick Child, Run! At Trade until early Feb
  • Blank Atlas: Feminism & Enlightenment at Nottingham Society of Artists from 25th Jan - 2nd Feb
  • Jeremy Deller Curates: All that is Solid Melts Into Air. At Nottingham Castle from 30th January until 21st April
  • The Aura of Boxing: Photograp...
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NVA Recommends

  • BANK

    Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 12:00pm to Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 6:00pm

    This exhibition is the first to focus solely on BANK video works, bringing together three rarely seen videos: FuckShitWalk 1996, Viper / BANK TV 1996, and Conference 1998.

    Active between 1991 - 2003 BANK was an artists' group that included Simon Bedwell, John Russell, Milly Thompson and Andrew Williamson, with and David Burrows and Dinos Demosthenous featuring in the early years.

    The work of BANK was a comic and sometimes brutal relief from the convivial, jargon ridden and professionalised art world of the 1990s. An antagonistic, critical, sarcastic and jeering sensibility that ultimately cemented their part in the story of contemporary art in London with their works later finding their way into public collections such as the Tate, British Council and Printed Matter, NYC.

    For more information visit the TRADE website