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Painted Surface: Call for Submissions

At Surface Gallery this summer, artists are invited to explore 'what is painting today?'

With its long and rich history, painting has always been a respected medium of artistic expression. Inspiration taken by artists from the surrounding world have allowed it to evolve and redefine its meaning in a constantly changing culture. It is vital to see how painting continues to develop in a world of prominent and diversified visual culture dominated by modern technology.

Painted Surface will examine the sheer diversity to be found in contemporary painting practice. All artwork that utilises paint will be considered, any theme and any genre, including portraiture, landscapes and abstraction is welcome. Alongside artworks on boards and canvas, painting that examines different methods of presentation is encouraged. We are looking for innovative and critically informed work, as well as technical skill. The show will be held in Surface Gallery's main exhibition space.

One exhibitor will be awarded a solo show in Surface Gallery’s main exhibition space. This will be an opportunity for the selected artist to showcase new work in a contemporary art gallery. The winner of the prize will be chosen by selection panel.

Deadline for submissions: 5pm Friday 17th July 2015.

Application packs can be downloaded from or paper copies can be picked up from the gallery during opening hours.

Each artist can submit one painting for £15, two for £25 and three for £30. Students can submit one painting for £12, two for £20 and three for £25.

Applicants will be notified by Monday 20th July 2015.

Exhibition dates: 31st July - 15th August 2015.

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Check out our new video showing Chiara Dellerba preparing for her exhibition opening night tomorrow!
Hoping to see you all there: 6-8pm Friday 20th March at Surface Gallery. 

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Opening this Friday! 

Chiara Dellerba: What Do We Know and What Do We Believe?
21st – 28th March 2015
Opening Night: 20th March 6-8pm

Surface Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Chiara Dellerba. The exhibition is concerned with habitual ways of seeing: with what we know (the experience of reality through our senses, specifically sight) and by what we believe (experience mediated through preconception). 

Opening Hours:
Opening Night:  6.00-8.00pm Friday 20th March
Closing Party: 5.00-7.00pm Saturday 28th March
Tuesday to Friday: 12.00pm to 6.00pm
Saturday: 11.00am to 5.00pm
16 Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL

Free Entry: all are welcome

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This March, Surface Gallery will welcome Dr Peter Day to Nottingham for the culmination of a 6-month project, a solo-exhibition responding to themes of loss, memory and reflection.
Initially started as a means for the exploration and understanding of Peter’s grief after the passing of his father, the project encompasses his personal experience of loss, but will also resonate with the viewer’s own emotions and experiences. ‘I aim to cause viewers to stop, reflect and consider for a short time’ Peter tells us, ‘I am not sure we ever come to terms with loss, but my project places this grief at the centre so that it can be communicated, measured and discussed.’
Employing photography, moving image and sound installation, Peter is interested in how different mediums can explore and understand both ourselves and others. Responding to Surface Gallery’s main gallery space, each piece will work individually while also combining to create a thought-provoking experience for viewers. A catalogue, showcasing work from the project as well as containing texts and critical essays will accompany the exhibition.
Visitors are invited to see the work that has emerged from Peter’s research when Pictures of My Father opens at 18:00 on Friday 20th March. This will be accompanied by a poetry reading at 19:00 by Bill Greenwell, which will draw on the same themes, as well as presenting the quirky material for which Bill is better known. Bill Greenwell has been published as a parodist and poet for almost forty years, and he has won two thousand competitions. He also runs the influential Poetry Clinic. In addition to his political and satirical material, he is known for his offbeat investigations of love and death. 
As part of the Pictures of my Father exhibition, in keeping with its themes, visitors are invited to take part in a ‘Death Cafe’, on the 21st of March. This will be a group-directed dialogue exploring death in an accessible and welcoming environment, starting at 11:00 and 14:00. The sessions will begin with an exhibition talk by Dr Peter Day and an introductory talk on death and remembrance by Dr Judith Wester, a Thanatologist and academic who is director and founder of CEDAR; Community Education in Death Awareness and Resources.
Supported using funding by Arts Council England
Pictures of My Father will launch in conjunction with a solo show by Chiara Dellerba in Surface Gallery’s Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar, with ales provided by local brewery, Springhead.

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#NTU #FESTIVAL: Stories in the Dark
20th–24th Feb & 6th–10th March 2015
Launch parties: Thurs 19th Feb & Thurs 5th March

Stories in the Dark is Surface Gallery’s fourth series of #exhibitions in #collaboration with #Nottingham Trent #University, and succeeds last year’s The Collective Individual. Made up of four week-long exhibitions, Stories in the Dark will see NTU Fine #Art #students using a critical or reflective approach to group exhibitions in response to the Festival’s theme, each uniquely interpreting and considering concepts such as storytelling and the power of the imagination in contemporary #art practice.

This open submission format offers NTU #FineArt students the opportunity to #curate an exhibition that establishes their practice outside of the university, and to do so alongside the practices of their peers. Surface Gallery aims to support students and emerging #artists with programmes such as the NTU Festival, offering professional experience in a supportive environment.

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Surface Gallery is delighted to host a show of work by 16 students from Nottingham Trent University, Division One Six. These second-year Photography undergraduates have put together their first exhibition, and will share our top-floor project space.

Division One Six is a diverse collection of work that explores different forms of photography such as Fashion, Social Documentary, Street and Still Life. The work of these up-and-coming artists has been created over a four month period, with the students engaging in developmental seminars and discussions.

Several challenging themes are explored including domestic violence, the objectification of women, and the male body-image. This mixture gives rise to an interesting set of images that will challenge and reward the viewer.

The show will open on Friday 6th, 6 - 9pm. There will be refreshments, generously contributed by the artists themselves and a bar of local ales provided by Surface Gallery’s brewery sponsor, Springhead.

Free Entry: All Are Welcome

Exhibition Opening Hours:
Opening night: 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Friday 6th February
Tuesday to Friday: 12.00pm to 6.00pm
Saturday: 11.00am to 5.00pm

16, Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL

Contact Details:
For more information, high resolution images, or interview opportunities, please contact: 

Mik Underwood: 07975 881071

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Have you been inspired by our #international   #postcard  show? Book your place on a #creative   #writing  workshop at the #gallery  in #Nottingham on Saturday the 7th of February. It runs between 10am - 12.30pm and costs £6.50.  Email
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