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Visiting us safely 14 September 2020

We are delighted to reopen on Saturday 3 October 2020 with a solo exhibition by Sophie Cundale, and we have put several measures in place to make your visit safe.

These are constantly under reviewsubject to change and may vary slightly depending on each exhibition. Please check back to this page prior to planning your visit. 
  
Planning your visit 

Groups no larger than six should visit the gallery at any one time, providing these groups are complying with government guidance on households and bubbles. Numbers inside the gallery will be limited to 11 at any single time. There is additional seating and waiting areas outside the gallery for anyone arriving when it is at capacity.

Do not visit if you’re feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, and follow the NHS coronavirus guidelines.

When you arrive 

Entrance to the gallery is still via the main entrance of the Bonington building and floor markers will assist with social distancing. If the gallery is at capacity, you will be required to wait outside where there are benches. The building will be quieter than usual as students’ access to the campus is more restricted than normal.

To assist in the government’s track and trace scheme, there will be a simple form at the entrance that will need to be completed prior to access. The gallery invigilator will be on hand to assist if necessary.

Face masks or coverings must be worn upon entrance to the gallery. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, then please notify the gallery assistant and you will be welcomed accordingly.

2m social distancing is required inside the gallery, as it is throughout the building and campus. Please follow signage and wayfinding measures to adhere to best routes throughout the building and gallery.

Contact areas in the gallery, such as seating, will be subject to cleaning throughout the day. An enhanced cleaning regime is in place across all University buildings.

Clear signage at the gallery entrance will outline the key measures we are adhering too. Please refer to these for guidance. A gallery assistant will also be on hand to help.

Our risk assessment that has been conducted under guidance from the government and Public Health England is available to be read here. The overarching risk assessment for the wider campuses can be read here.

We have been awarded with a certificate for Visit England’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme which can be read here.

LGBTQ+ Films 30 June 2020

Throughout the month of June, we have been sharing films and documentaries to raise awareness of injustices faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer communities. June is Pride Month, commemorating the Stonewall riots in New York city in 1969, a key event that triggered the modern LGBT liberation movement in the United States and beyond.

Please visit this page to learn about key dates towards LGBTQ+ equality.

1. Difficult Love (2010)
Difficult Love presents a lively personal take on the challenges facing Black lesbians in South Africa today. It features the life, photographs, work, friends and associates of visual activist and renowned photographer, Zanele Muholi (who also narrates the film).

2. LGBT Britain (various)
This colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.

3. Pose (2018-present)
A television series about New York City’s African American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980s and, in the second season, early 1990s.

4. Day Dream (2017)
Directed by Stephen Isaac-Wilson, Day Dream features artist and founder of club night Body Party Kareem Reid. Filmed on the first weekend of Spring, the short poetically explores issues of queer loneliness, male vulnerability, and platonic intimacy. Despite an improvement of the LGBT community’s rights and media representation over the years, queer people still disproportionately suffer from loneliness and social isolation.

5. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson’s family, friends and fellow activists.

6. The Attendant (1993)
In this short film, the eponymous ‘attendant’ is a middle-aged black man who finds his homoerotic fantasies taking over the museum he supervises when a painting depicting scenes of slavery becomes a tableau vivant of sadomasochistic desire. With this work, Julien explores spatial temporalities in a museum context, commenting on queer history and racial boundaries.

7. Barbara Hammer – 2000s
Barbara Hammer is a pivotal figure in American experimental film and a pioneer of queer cinema — constructing revelations on gender, sexuality, community, and later illness and mortality. Working primarily with eight-millimetre, super 8 and 16-millimetre film, she produced nearly 70 films, ranging from experimental shorts to essay and full-length documentaries. As part of Company Gallery’s ‘In Company With’ series, a selection of films by Barbara Hammer are available for viewing online.

8. Disclosure (2020)
Disclosure is an eye-opening documentary film looking at transgender representation within film and media, featuring leading trans creatives and thinkers sharing perspectives and analysis about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community. Reframing familiar scenes and iconic characters in a new light, director Sam Feder invites viewers to confront unexamined assumptions, and shows how what once captured the American imagination now elicit new feelings. Disclosure provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people.

9. Before You Know It (2013)
Before You Know It is a 2013 documentary directed by PJ Raval following the lives of three gay seniors as they navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years.

10. A Fantastic Woman (2017)
Marina’s life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy.

Matt Woodham: Sensing Systems - Preview in photos 27 February 2020

Earlier this month, we introduced the next instalment of our 2019/20 season for Bonington Gallery exhibitions, Matt Woodham: Sensing Systems.

A debut solo exhibition by the artist, designer and technologist, Woodham channelled his skills and interests into generating auditory and visual experiences – including music videos, live visuals for club nights, light installations, and experimental websites.

On preview night, the gallery was filled with a composition of connected installations, positioning visitors within a system of light, sound and motion. Visual and kinetic events are sequenced by a central processing unit which distributes signals around the room. Throughout the exhibition, audiences can interact with the system, which alongside random data sources and a sensitivity to initial conditions, will create a unique experience for each viewer.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us for this exciting preview night and exhibition opening!

Photography copyright courtesy of: John Smalley.

Motif: Preview in Photos 11 December 2019

In late November, we opened our doors to introduce the next exciting preview in our 2019/20 season of exhibitions – Motif. An experience bringing together 15 years of research conducted by our very own Tim Rundle, Principal Lecturer in BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion here at NTU.

After 30 years of aggressive shifts in design, our relationship to retail, consumption, personal and lifestyle narratives are unrecognisable. One of the key markers of these global changes is our adoption of motifs. The exhibition celebrates both badges of belonging and icons of individuality throughout society, charting shifts in consumer behaviour and popular culture over the decades.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on the preview evening, it was a fantastic atmosphere and a great way to celebrate incredible talent of our staff and researchers here at Nottingham Trent University.

Photography copyright courtesy of: John Smalley.

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.

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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 a 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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