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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. 

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