For the latest in our ongoing Scene Report series focusing on the visual arts ecology of towns, cities and regions across the UK, artist and writer Wayne Burrows reports from the East Midlands.
Keith Piper’s exhibition at New Art Exchange, ‘Unearthing the Banker’s Bones’, explores the idea of what our society’s relics might look like from a future perspective. The founder member of the BLK Art Group talks to Wayne Burrows about the themes contained within the work and the continued importance of political and social questions to his practice.
Saziso Phiri is celebrating one year of her pop-up gallery with a birthday party at Nottingham’s Rough Trade shop, followed by a series of free workshops in tandem with Nottingham Contemporary’s ‘The Place is Here’ show. Wayne Burrows talks to her about her mission to work with artists who operate beyond the usual art world structures.
Working in a wide-range of media from film to sculpture to performance, London-based artist Larry Achiampong draws on colonial history, his own Ghanian heritage, and the experience of growing up in Britain to create works that explore ideas around class, race and cultural identity. Wayne Burrows talks to him.
The Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress attracted huge media interest with The Hive, his bee-inspired sculptural installation for the 2015 Milan Expo UK pavilion. Wayne Burrows speaks to him about the work, currently on display at Kew Gardens, and BEAM, a companion piece on show at this year’s Wirksworth Festival.
Ranging from painterly abstraction to figurative interiors and landscapes, Hurvin Anderson’s solo exhibition at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, expands on two long-standing motifs of the barbershop interior and the municipal park landscape and includes his Arts Council Collection commission, Is It OK To Be Black? Wayne Burrows talks to the artist.
This year’s New Contemporaries exhibition in Nottingham reveals that UK art school graduates are conscientious, striving for professionalism and seemingly unwilling to make a decisive break with current established practice. Wayne Burrows reports.
As part of The Grand Tour, a Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire initiative connecting historic collections with contemporary art, the artist Pablo Bronstein has brought some Chatsworth House bling to the white cube gallery spaces of Nottingham Contemporary. Wayne Burrows finds out why.
The Contemporary Art Society’s National Network conference in Nottingham took as its theme ‘commissioning for public collections’ and featured presentations from directors and curators from some of the UK’s leading visual arts organisations. We report from the day.
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Christina Mackie won the Contemporary Art Society’s annual Commission to Collect award in 2011, and an exhibition of the work has just opened. We talk to the artist about the process of making a piece for the museum’s permanent collection.