Returns

Feb - Mar 2018
LACE UNARCHIVED
Jan - Feb 2018
Bonington Vitrines #5: Communicating the Contemporary – The ICA Bulletin 1950s to 1990s
Nov - Dec 2017
Bonington Vitrines #4: Sara MacKillop publications, 2008–2017
Sep - Oct 2017
Bonington Vitrines #3: London’s Calling
Jan - Feb 2018
Ruth Angel Edwards: Wheel of the Year
! EFFLUENT PROFUNDAL ZONE !
Nov - Dec 2017
Sara MacKillop: One Room Living
Sep - Oct 2017
It’s Our Playground: Artificial Sensibility
Jul - Jul 2017
Mastered
Apr - May 2017
YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT
Jun - Jun 2017
ART AND DESIGN DEGREE SHOW 2017
Jul - Jul 2016
Mastered: Art and Design Masters Exhibition 2015/16
Sep - Oct 2016
MOULD MAP 6 — TERRAFORMERS
Oct - Dec 2016
KRÍSIS
Jan - Feb 2017
ALL MEN BY NATURE DESIRE TO KNOW
Jan - Feb 2017
Bonington Vitrines #2: Marbled Reams
Oct - Dec 2016
Bonington Vitrines #1: Selections from the Raw Print Archive
Feb - Mar 2017
SHAPELESS IMPACT NOT TIME SLOW IS (FLITS BY)
Feb - Mar 2016
Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India
Apr - May 2016
PUBLISHING ROOMS
Nov - Dec 2015
In Place of Architecture
Jan - Feb 2016
Performing Drawology
Jun - Jun 2016
Art and Design Degree Show
Nov - Dec 2015
Photography Dialogues
Sep - Oct 2015
Inscription: The Almshouse Tempera Project
Sep - Oct 2015
Alan Kitching and Monotype
Jul - Jul 2015
Open Studio
Jun - Jul 2015
ICONS OF RHETORIC | 북한의 수사학 아이콘
May - Jun 2015
Art and Design Degree Show 2015
Apr - May 2015
SIMON CALLERY: SOFT PAINTING
Mar - Mar 2015
Made In Wood
Feb - Mar 2015
Returns
Jan - Jan 2015
MAKE/BELIEVE
Feb - Feb 2015
Lighting the Future: No Boundaries
Jan - Feb 2015
Crafting Anatomies
Nov - Nov 2014
Knitting Nottingham
Oct - Oct 2014
George Miles: Views of Matlock Bath
Oct - Oct 2014
Debra Swann: Dwelling
Sep - Oct 2014
Making the Future ’14
Sep - Oct 2014
MA Fashion Futures final show: Bloomb
Jul - Jul 2014
Summer Lodge 2014
May - Jun 2014
Art and Design Degree Show Festival 2014
May - May 2014
Hopkins in Nottingham: Nottingham on Camera 1994 – 2014
Apr - May 2014
Marian Clayden: A Dyer’s Journey Through Art & Fashion
Apr - Apr 2014
Beyond the Line
Mar - Mar 2014
Sean Cummins: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion
Feb - Mar 2014
Magic Light
Feb - Mar 2014
Mind is the World Knowing Itself
Jul - Jul 2013
Managing Heritage: Designing Sustainable Futures
Jan - Feb 2014
Since 1843: In The Making
Nov - Dec 2013
Drawology

12 Feb - 4 Mar 2015

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Returns

Returns formed part of an on-going collaboration between Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Established in 2012, it developed out of an International Research Project titled Topographies of the Obsolete, set up by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway; and focused on the disused ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent, Spode Works.

The aim of the research was to deepen and develop our understanding of the post-industrial landscape with specific reference to the industrial ruin. Through a series of residencies and workshops, a cross-disciplinary group of artists and researchers from a range of international art institutions set out to explore the socio-economic histories, industrial architecture and production remains of the former Spode Works The results of the research were exhibited and published during the British Ceramics Biennial in September 2013 and Seconds, in the Lace Market Gallery in March 2014.

The exhibition at Bonington Gallery was the first showing of the newly generated outcomes, with a subsequent exhibition taking place at Sheffield Hallam SIA Gallery in Winter 2016. Each exhibition showed a new development from the work previously exhibited, demonstrating the progression of the research.

The exhibition brought together artistic research from NTU:
» Andrew Brown » Joanne Lee » Danica Maier » Debra Swann; and from SHU » Chloë Brown.

Recent fine art graduates who participated in the original Spode project were in residence during the exhibition, from NTU:
» Ciaran Harrington » Christine Stevens.

Read more about the research project.

 

Discussion workshops


 

Throughout the Returns exhibition, researchers from the project led a series of discussion workshops. Each session was intended for a small group of invited speakers and participants who considered a specific area emerging from the concerns uncovered in Returns’ research through practice.

The discussions took the form of presentations, group conversations and practical activities. Their aim was to bring together professionals and practitioners to reflect upon three particular points of focus:

» Digging through Dirt: Archaeology past, present, precious and unwanted
Wednesday 11 February,  1 pm – 2.15 pm

» Artists will have your Ruin: Regeneration through the arts 
Wednesday 18 February,  1 pm – 2.15 pm

» Ruins of Craft: Lost art of making
Wednesday 25 February,  1 pm – 2.15 pm

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