Video Days Preview

Feb - Mar 2021
Reactor: Here, the Gold Ones meet
Oct - Dec 2020
Sophie Cundale: The Near Room – watch online
Mar - May 2021
The Annotated Reader
Feb - Mar 2020
Matt Woodham: Sensing Systems (streaming online)
Jan - Jan 2020
Nick Chaffe: Motif Residency exhibition
Nov - Feb 2020
Sep - Nov 2019
Waking the witch: Old ways, new rites
Apr - May 2019
The Big Head Man
Sep - Nov 2019
Bonington Vitrines #13: Wayne Burrows – Works from the Hallucinated Archive
Apr - May 2020
Bonington Vitrines #16: The Captive Conscious (POSTPONED)
Feb - Mar 2020
Bonington Vitrines #15: Nomadic Vitrine with Mick Peter (CLOSED)
Nov - Feb 2020
Bonington Vitrines #14: Journeys to Nottingham from the Windrush Generation
Apr - May 2019
Bonington Vitrines #12: Complaint
Jan - Feb 2019
Bonington Vitrines #10: Jewell
Feb - Feb 2019
UKYA City Takeover
Apr - May 2019
Chloé Maratta and Joanne Robertson
Mar - Mar 2019
The Community Live in Nottingham
Nov - Dec 2018
Nov - Dec 2018
Bonington Vitrines #9: Towards The Serving Library Annual
Nov - Dec 2018
Emily Andersen Portraits: Black & White Book launch and exhibition
Sep - Oct 2018
Jan - Feb 2019
Sep - Oct 2018
Apr - Apr 2018
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Apr - May 2018
Video Days
Apr - Apr 2018
Video Days: Week One Screenings
Apr - Apr 2018
Video Days: Week Two Screenings
Apr - May 2018
Video Days: Week Three Screenings
May - May 2018
Video Days: Week Four Screenings
May - May 2018
Video Days: Week Five Screenings
Apr - May 2018
Bonington Vitrines #7: The Bonington building, est. 1969
Feb - Mar 2018
Bonington Vitrines #6: One Eye on the Road – festival and traveller culture since the 1980s
Feb - Mar 2018
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
Nov - Dec 2017
Sara MacKillop: One Room Living
Sep - Oct 2017
It’s Our Playground: Artificial Sensibility
Apr - May 2017
Sep - Oct 2016
Oct - Dec 2016
Jan - Feb 2017
Jan - Feb 2017
Bonington Vitrines #2: Marbled Reams
Oct - Dec 2016
Bonington Vitrines #1: Selections from the Raw Print Archive
Feb - Mar 2017
Feb - Mar 2016
Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India
Apr - May 2016
Nov - Dec 2015
In Place of Architecture
Jan - Feb 2016
Performing Drawology

19 Apr - 19 Apr 2018


Video Days Preview

We launch our next exhibition Video Days with a programme of talks, screenings and photography dedicated to the local and international skateboarding community.

In conjunction with local not-for-profit community group Skate Nottingham, we’ll be exploring skateboarding’s potential to drive cultural and social change, particularly through the re-engagement of young skateboarders with education and employment by supporting individual creative and cultural interests.

This event reflects Nottingham’s lively intergenerational skate community, and identify a set of themes that link the local and international significance of skateboarding to the objectives of the open cinema we are creating in the gallery. It also shows the rich texture of disciplines and interests reflected across the entire Video Days programme.

Skateboarding is an activity that reflects a consistent theme within the programme of human-kind’s disruptive and subjective relationship with the built environment.


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Preview programme


» 4 pm onward:
An exhibition of photography from local skate photographers

Curated by Tom Quigley, who self-publishes Varial Magazine, featuring East Midlands skateboard photography. Alongside Tom’s own work, the exhibition will include contributions from active local skate photographers such as Neil Turner, Vic Camilleri, Dave Bevan, and Andrew Horsley (one of the founders of Sidewalk magazine, the UK and Europe’s longest running skate magazine, and internationally respected skate photographer) and images from Nottingham between the 1970s and 1990s from photographers including Andrew McDermott and Steve Tristram.  Tom was recently the subject of the second part of the film series ‘We Can Fly’, and had work featured in the Sneinton Pride of Place collection of photography and visual art published by the Caravan Gallery, 2018.

» 5 pm – 5.30 pm:

From transgression to progression
A talk on skateboarding and Nottingham’s social, cultural and economic development, Chris Lawton Skate Nottingham.

Chris is one of the co-founders of Skate Nottingham. He is a Senior Research Fellow in economics at Nottingham Business School, here at Nottingham Trent University. He is also a feature writer for Caught in the Crossfire magazine, a long-running web-magazine on skateboarding, punk and radical politics. In this short discussion, Chris will talk about examples of skateboarders proactively driving inclusive development in cities around the world, particularly Malmö, Copenhagen and Tampere, and how both the activity and its wider culture and community provide opportunities for Nottingham (like Malmö, a medium-sized post-industrial city with a young population but significant regeneration challenges).


» 5.30 pm – 5.40 pm:
War & Rees, 2017, (7:17 mins), Daniel O’Neill

Dan is a skateboarder and academic historian, and is one of the Nottingham skate scene’s most prolific filmers.  This short film charts the final year of Nottingham’s large DIY skatepark project, which occupied waste ground next to the BBC Island – earmarked for development as part of Nottingham’s stalled ‘East Side City’ project; amid wider local political interest in the loss of genuine ‘common’ land in the city centre (and thus the radical potential of skateboarders repurposing blighted brownfield space land-banked by property developers and kept out of public use for more than two decades). The original DIY and a later, short-lived guerrilla skatepark in waste ground by BioCity were both demolished by the landowners towards the end of 2017, land which has, for the time being, been returned to its previously unused state.


» 5.40 pm – 6 pm:
A montage of Nottingham skateboarding past and present, (20 mins), Neil Turner

Neil has been filming skateboarding in Nottingham for almost 20 years, alongside documentary video work and photography, and is currently working on the first full-length video from Forty Two Shop, Nottingham’s only independent skate store.  Neil has filmed edits for Sidewalk magazine and has amassed a huge archive of footage of Nottingham skateboarders from the late 90s days of Old Market Square and Broadmarsh Banks through to now, which he will draw from and re-edit specially for this event.

6.10 pm – 6.30 pm:
Pieces of Palestine, featuring Isle Skateboards and SkatePal, 2017, (20 mins), Jacob Harris

A short film featuring the Isle skateboard team’s 2016 visit to the West Bank with award-winning charity SkatePal, to be shown with the permission of Jacob Harris (winner of the Bright Trade Show European Skateboard Awards for both his 2013 independent film Eleventh Hour and Isle’s debut video in 2015, Vase). Pieces of Palestine will help raise awareness and support for two of Skate Nottingham’s young female coaches who will be volunteering with SkatePal in the West Bank this October.

» 6.30 pm – 7 pm:
Video Days, 1991, (24 mins), Spike Jonze and Blind Skateboards

Video Days is a skateboard video released in 1991 by Blind Skateboards, it was produced by American skateboarder and filmmaker, Spike Jonze. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential skate videos of all time, providing early platforms for now legendary skaters including Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee and Guy Mariano.