Thursday, October 18, 2007
Throughout November, venues across Nottingham city centre will play host to an ambitious new showcase for the visual arts – the Tether Festival.
Galleries, shops, cinemas and some more unusual venues will present a wide selection of exhibitions, one-off performances, events and screenings. There will also be a publication of specially commissioned creative writing.
The Tether Festival aims to promote the talents of the young creative workforce within the East Midlands, while building upon what is an already a vibrant arts scene.
Artists involved in the festival have been encouraged to create experimental and innovative art works, with the emphasis placed on collaboration.
The organisers of the Tether Festival, Hugh Dichmont and Samuel Mercer, both graduates of Nottingham Trent University, are passionate about involving the local community in the festival and particularly showcasing the work of the local student population.
Hugh: "At a time when the cultural landscape of Nottingham is changing – and the city faces a transitional period as new art galleries and art buildings are developed – we feel the time is right to promote local talent and the wealth of exciting art activity underway in our region."
Samuel added: "We hope the Tether Festival will inspire the people of Nottingham to learn more about the city's role as a thriving, supportive environment in which to be creative, a place which truly raises the aspirations of local cultural practitioners."
One of the main purposes of the festival is to give students an insight into the organisation of public art events and first-hand experience of showing the visual arts in the public realm. The organisers hope it will create a platform from which Nottingham can retain more of its talented young graduates in the future.For more information, www.tether.org.uk.
Download full press release including listings of all events here (.pdf)
Friday, June 29, 2007
Degree show is over, but everything is continuing. For the first exhibition since graduating, we are turning our house into 'The House of God' and putting on Dependence Day.
From the press release:
God is great.Come see the show from the 4th till the 7th July (12-7pm) or the private view on the 3rd (7-10pm)
At The House Of God, only great things can happen.
In our own, special Gods we abide; and on this, Dependence Day, 3rd July we will shine like the eyes of a deity.
In work which tells a story of a multiple artists' residency, spanning one academic year at the House Of God, Premier Road said
"Let there be light?"
And there was light, and lightning, and the creatures ran and hid and things in the house... changed, inside and out.
The five young artists, Katherine Webborn, Matthew Cooper, Samuel Mercer, Daniel Kemp and Benjamin Hargrave, who have shown nationally and internationally, in exhibitions spanning faiths from Christianity to Judaism and beyond, show their responses to one academic year in The House of God. The theme that runs throughout is one of response to faith (or not) in a God, but in relation to the surroundings in which these five have found themselves.
There will be a selection of carefully created art pieces. Diversity rules with work from installation to spectacle to intervention, these artists present one of the most 'celestial', nay 'HEAVENLY' exhibitions this year. To miss it, is surely to be damned!