Returns Discussion Workshops

Jan - Mar 2022
Karol Radziszewski: QAI/GB-NGM
Mar - May 2022
Reactor: Here, the Gold Ones flatter
Sep - Dec 2021
Bonington Vitrines #17: Andrew Logan, Alternative Miss World
Sep - Dec 2021
Andrew Logan: The Joy of Sculpture
Apr - May 2021
Reactor: Here, the Gold Ones meet
Oct - Dec 2020
Sophie Cundale: The Near Room
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
Video Days Preview
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

11 Feb - 25 Feb 2015


Returns Discussion Workshops

Throughout the Returns exhibition, researchers from the project will lead a series of discussion workshops. Each session is intended for a small group of invited speakers and participants who will consider a specific area emerging from the concerns uncovered in Returns’ research through practice. The discussions will take the form of presentations, group conversations and practical activities.  Their aim is to bring together professionals and practitioners to reflect upon three particular points of focus outlined below.


If you would like to join any of the weekly discussions then please email to confirm your attendance. Places are limited to 20 in total, including speakers and audience to allow for an in depth group discussion to occur naturally out of points raised by the discussion group.


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

In addition to what they reveal of social history, the layers exposed and sifted by archaeologists offer a clear representation of the passage of time.  Artists, curious and eager to turn methodologies from other disciplines to their own works, are drawn to sites in which they can perform their peculiar form of artist endeavor, engaging in a form of time travel whilst celebrating the otherwise overlooked.

Referencing recent activities at Nottingham’s Lenton Abbey, Island site and Stoke-on-Trent, Spode Works, this discussion will consider archaeology as a form of art practice, the archaeological dig experienced from an artist’s perspective, as well as the ruin as site for artistic enquiry.

» Lead by Andrew Brown, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, NTU
Discussion group: 
» Anne Helen Mydland, Curator and Professor, Bergen Academy of Art and Design
» George Miles, Photographer and academic, NTU
» Rebecca Beinart, Artist, educator and activist, and Wasteland Twinning Project explorer


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

Artists have long sought premises and spaces discarded by industry. During times of recession when such sites lay unwanted and forgotten by commercial interests, they could be squatted or rented cheaply as studios, rehearsal rooms, film sets and workshops.  Also providing materials to be scavenged for art practice, and play host to a range of creative and social events.

For the most part these activities take place away from the scrutiny of residential neighbors or urban planners who turned a blind eye to such activity. Today the presence of artists is more consciously sought by landlords or civic authorities as a way of keeping properties maintained and in use.  Through this artists may be mobilized as agents of regeneration, through the support for studios or creative businesses; what happens next may be sustainable for all, but very often artists can be priced out by subsequent gentrification.

This session invites representatives from each of the three cities involved in the Returns research project, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham and Sheffield.   It will bring together artists, gallery directors, artist studio managers and council developers, to explore the mainstream and marginal bottom lines at work as artists repurpose ruins.  And ask how creative practices breathe life into a city and its cultural economy beyond purely monetary gain.

» Lead by Joanne Lee, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, NTU and Ciaran Harrington, Fine Art Graduate, NTU
Discussion group:
» Glen Stoker, Anna Francis, Co Director, Airspace, Stoke on Trent
» Michelle Bowen, Development Director, Primary, Nottingham
» Matthew Chesney, Director, Backlit, Nottingham
» Richard Bartle, Founder member and manager, Bloc, Sheffield
» Peter Thompson, Development Programme Manager for Spode site, Stoke-on-Trent City Council


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

Global capitalism and the on-going revolutionary impact of new technologies have transformed the art of making things across factory production, craft practice and contemporary art alike. Communities of indigenous skilled labour have become obsolete and their trans-generational knowledge discarded. Traditional artisanal craft processes and the technical skills acquired over long apprenticeship and training are no longer transmitted within post-curricular art schools, nor are they held within fragmented industries where life-time employment is a fading memory.

Taking as a context the three cities involved in the Returns project, and the loss of their craft-based industrial heritage Nottingham’s lace and textile industry; Stoke on Trent’s ceramics factories and Sheffield’s metalwork’s, this session considers the disappearance of craft skills and its implications for contemporary decorative and fine arts.

» Lead by Christine Stevens, Fine Art Graduate, NTU
Discussion Group:
» Dr. Becky Shaw, Post Graduate Research Tutor in Art and Design, SHU
» Jude Wensley, Senior Lecturer in Decorative Arts, NTU
» Andy Harris, Ceramics and Glass Technician, NTU