Centrespace Gallery
Friday, April 10, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6 Leonard Lane Bristol BS1 1EA
South West England
Mark Devereux Projects

Not so firm as faded ink is a touring exhibition by artist Nicola Dale, questioning the potential of knowledge versus the constraint of information. Commissioned and curated by Mark Devereux Projects, the exhibition launches at Centrespace Gallery (Bristol) in April before moving on to Arcadecardiff a month later.

Nicola Dale’s work responds to a recent Metal residency in Shanghai, focusing on its library (2013) and a series of residencies at the National Arts Education Archive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2014). Her work visualizes the essence of what knowledge is and its transformation into information in a digital age. Through highlighting the ways in which we expect knowledge to be at our fingertips in our fast-paced society, Dale reduces the pace to consider the parallels between the ways we digest knowledge now and how we did so in the past.

Drawing on a wide range of sources including philosophy, science, literature and education; Dale’s responses are brought together through sculpture, installation and performance. Through investigating and testing each choice of material within her work, Dale has established a visual language allowing audiences to question the ways in which we interact with knowledge.

Pieces within the exhibitions work through ideas concerning how our minds are forever trapped by one set of ideologies or another and have no way to escape. How do we break free from these cages, or can we? Dale also considers the impact of new technologies upon the book as the carrier of knowledge. Is the way in which we digest knowledge reliant on the swipe of a touchscreen? Is this a form of Braille?

With work made over the last eighteen-months, Not so firm as faded ink is the largest exhibition of Dale’s practice to date. Complementing the exhibition, Mark Devereux Projects have commissioned a new publication featuring notes from the residencies, studio works and final works from the project.

Not so firm as faded ink is funded by Arts Council England and has been developed, supported and commissioned by Mark Devereux Projects, with thanks for support from National Arts Education Archive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Metal Liverpool, Centrespace and Arcadecardiff. Nicola Dale is Supported by Mark Devereux Projects.

Not so firm as faded ink launches at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol on Friday 10 April, 6-8pm and continues until Wednesday 22 April. For further details about the exhibition, accompanying events and gallery opening times please visit