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Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites - Preview in Photos 8 October 2019

Thanks again to everyone who attended our preview night of Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites, it was an incredible evening and a great way to open our 2019-2020 season!

Here are a few highlights from the night, including a fantastic opening performance from Ben Jeans Houghton, who expressed aspects of his own magical practice through a harmonic voice and the spoken word, using repurposed effects pedals, loopers, ritual tools, and costume.

Don’t forget to check out the exhibition for yourself, open until Saturday 16 November.

All images courtesy of Luke Brennan, find out more from Luke on Instagram » @lukebrennanphotography_

Celebrating 50 Years of Curating and Creating Contemporary Art 12 August 2019

Bonington Gallery has been a significant part of the cultural landscape of Nottingham for half a century. Its diverse and ambitious artistic programme has consistently presented the forefront of creative practice and through this has gained an national reputation.

The gallery is situated within the Bonington building, first opened on 14 October 1969 by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent. This labyrinth of a modernist building is nestled in the heart of our City Campus and is home to a wide range of creative courses, providing a suitable context for an artistic programme that profiles a wide range of creative practice.

Over the past five decades, we’ve showcased visual and performing arts from across the world, reflected in the ongoing work to establish our archive. We’re committed to making the next 50 years as memorable as the first, starting now.

Image credit: Opening night of John Newling, Lost, 1991. Courtesy John Newling and Bonington Gallery

Image credit: Bonington building painting studio, 1971. Image courtesy The Architects’ Journal

Image credit: Installation view of Margaret Bryan Award, 1992, Philip Sagars, Karl Bretherton, Leslie Logue. Courtesy the artists and Bonington Gallery

Image credit: Installation view of Frank Stella: Recent Paintings, 1999. Courtesy Frank Stella and Bonington Gallery

Image credit: Opening night of John Newling, Lost, 1991. Courtesy John Newling and Bonington Gallery

 

Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day 29 July 2019

Joshua, our Assistant Curator went along to the Curators’ Day organised by the Arts Council Collection, in Leeds and Wakefield to see what Yorkshire Sculpture International had to offer.

The festival was produced by the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and features work by international artists across the venues, as well as major new outdoor sculpture commissions across public spaces in Leeds and Wakefield. The festival reflected on the curatorial theme propositioned by Phyllida Barlow that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’.

As well as seeing the YSI festival, we had chance to see other exhibitions in the area, visiting The Art House, Longside Gallery, The Tetley and Index Festival.

Here are some photos of his highlights:

Tau Lewis at The Hepworth Wakefield

Nika Neelova at The Tetley

Sean Lynch at Henry Moore Institute

Ruth Ewan at Longside Gallery.

Ayşe Erkmen at Leeds Art Gallery

 

C/J: In Conversation 10 May 2019

Yesterday we welcomed a fantastic panel of experts to lead a discussion on fashion, art, archives, and everything in between; from the ethics and sustainability of fashion, through to the importance and challenges of maintaining archives and thoughts on interdisciplinary working.

Chaired by Tom Godfrey (Bonington Gallery Curator and curator of CJ), the panel included Naomi Braithwaite (Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at NTU and custodian of the FashionMap Archive), Ruby Hoette (Designer and researcher and Programme Leader of MA Design: Expanded Practice at Goldsmiths University) and Caroline Stevenson (Curator, writer and lecturer and Head of Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion)

Thanks to all who attended and got involved in the conversation!

C/J is open until Saturday 18 May. If you haven’t already, be sure to drop by!

The Community: Live in Nottingham - WEEK FOUR IN PHOTOS 29 March 2019

The final week of The Community: Live in Nottingham has been a big one.

The week started with a writing workshop led by Ethan Assouline and Philippe Hallais, and end with a huge celebration in the gallery last night, with DJ sets from Cyrus Goberville, Philippe Hallais and Nkisi.

Scroll down for a recap of what went down…

Writing Club – workshop with Ethan Assouline and Philippe Hallais


Ethan and Philippe, recording audio in the workshops, to be used later…


Students who took part in the workshop also record audio with Phillipe…

 

PERMANENT CUTS – NOTTINGHAM EDITION

 

First up: Cyrus Goberville (of Collapsing Market):

 

Philippe Hallais (aka Low Jack) was up next, presenting audio generated earlier in the week alongside a set of electronic music.

Closing out the event at the gallery was Nkisi, with a set full of intense drum breaks and complex grooves…

 

PERMANENT CUTS – AFTER PARTY

Cyrus and Philippe hopped back on the decks to close out the evening; bringing their unique musical style to the legendary King Billy pub…

All that remains is to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this exhibition possible: all of the staff, students, public, everyone involved with the workshops, last night’s musical guests, and of course, everyone at The Community.

Relax. Renew. Revive.

The Community: Live in Nottingham will remain open until 3 pm on Saturday 30 March.

The Community: Live in Nottingham: WEEK THREE IN PHOTOS 25 March 2019

Last week saw the next phase of the exhibition take shape, thanks to a 5-day workshop, “Anna’s Weekend”, led by Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann.

Participants utilised found materials and objects from in and around the gallery to create new pieces of furniture, which now occupy the space…

On Thursday, the Gallery also played host to a film screening as part of Bonington Vitrines  #11: Not a Live Show, curated by Emily Gray

Week Four continues with Writing Club by Ethan Assouline and Philippe Hallais.

Don’t miss the special FINISSAGE on Thursday 28 March, from 5 pm – late, involving a special performance, “Permanent Cuts”, with Philippe Hallais, Ethan Assouline and Cyrus Goberville.

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First two weeks of The Community: Live in Nottingham 15 March 2019

Over the last two weeks, the Gallery has gone from a quiet space for visitors to interact with David Bernsein’s Ego Altar, to a hive of activity with visitors taking part in workshops run by Tenant of Culture and Ruby Hoette’s patternmapping residency.

Below are a selection of photos from each stage of the exhibition so far:


Ruby Hoette (left) and Dr Juliette Kristensen (right) discuss a garment with a visitor.


Meanwhile, professional pattern maker and cutter Karen Harrigan retraces garments to create their patterns.


Tenant of Culture workshop participants on day two of the workshops.


More activity from the Tenant of Culture workshops.


Close up detail of an existing Patternmap. Ruby Hoette will use the patterns created from the garments, combined with anecdotes and details shared by their owners to create an alternative map of Nottingham.


Throughout the exhibition, David Bernstein’s Ego Altar will remain in the gallery, for visitors to interact with, as other activities take place around them…


Trying on garments created by deconstructing unwanted clothes and reassembling into something new, as part of Tenant of Culture workshop.


More garments created as part of the workshops.


A camera mounted on the ceiling captures activity from within the gallery to be displayed on the screen outside.

The Community: Live in Nottingham will continue until Saturday 30 March.

Week Three will take the form of a 5-day workshop led by Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann.

Entitled Anna’s Weekend, the workshop aims to explore the role of the art institution as a multi-faceted tool for collaborative dialogue, through the creation of furniture that by its nature questions and conflates ideas around functionality. Confronted with a wide array of materials and redundant furniture, participants are invited to consider, discuss and react to the context that is specific to Bonington Gallery, and subsequently develop and build new furniture for subsequent use within the institution.

» Sign up to take part

All of the workshops taking place during the exhibition are free to attend and open to the public, as well as staff and students from NTU.

» Visit the exhibition microsite to find out more about what’s next and to get involved. 

Instagram Competition: Win a signed copy of Dick Jewell's 'Four Thousand Threads' 23 January 2019

Along with various video and photo works, Dick Jewell’s solo exhibition Now & Then also includes a chance to get involved with one of the art works.

Take a selfie in front of Dick’s large-scale photo collage War & Peace and upload it to instagram using the hashtag #djwarandpeace for the chance to win a signed copy of Four Thousand Threads.

The winning entry will be selected by Dick Jewell.

The competition will run for the duration of the exhibition – so you have until Saturday 23 February to visit the exhibition and get your selfies uploaded!

UPDATE: The winning entry came from Alice Rodgers (@bed.space on instagram):

 

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#djwarandpeace making selfies for my degree, the grind is hard 😩😩

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Dick particularly liked the angle of this selfie, which you’d expect from a BA (Hons) Photography student at NTU’s School of Art & Design…

Thanks again to everyone who entered! Check out all of the #DJWarandPeace selfies here.

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50 Years of Curating and Creating Contemporary Art 12 August 2019

Bonington Gallery has been a significant part of the cultural landscape of Nottingham for half a century. Its diverse and ambitious artistic programme has consistently presented the forefront of creative practice and through this has gained an national reputation.

The gallery has showcased the very best in visual and performing arts from across the world – so join us, as we plan to make the next 50 years just as memorable.

Read more in our latest blog post.

The Community: Live in Nottingham featured on Notts TV 25 March 2019

Last week, Notts TV’s Charlotte Swindells popped down to the gallery to check out our latest exhibition, catching up with curator Tom Godfrey to find out more about the project.

Watch the video at the link below (segment starts at 27:40):

https://nottstv.com/programme/ey-up-notts-tuesday-19th-march/

Chloé Maratta - ARTnews feature 14 January 2019

This April we’re excited to be presenting a two person exhibition between artist, musician and designer Chloé Maratta and artist & musician Joanne Robertson. The exhibition will also involve artefacts from NTU’s School of Art & Design’s high-street fashion archive, FashionMap. Chloé features in a recent ARTnews article that profiles several of the ‘leading lights’ within LA’s art/fashion/music crossover scene:

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