Jonbar Archaeology

  • Date:
    23 May–6 July 2014

Open extra days until Thursday 10 July 2014

Daniel Bye, Jo Blake Cave, Aaron Head, Katherine Leyton, Ben Moor, Jonathan Prior, Jantine Wijnja, Ryan Van Winkle, Simon Woolham

Jonbar points are a science fiction term pinpointing the moment where histories diverge. With one foot in reality and one in the imagination, the town architecture is excavated for spoken word, text, sculpture, photography, poetry and performance influenced by Rudyard Kipling and Alan Moore.

The artist takes on the guise of archaeologist, uncovering hidden ‘histories’ for the duration of the exhibition. Starting with a map of Northampton, week by week, the artists and writers will contribute to the map with their findings.

Events accompanying the project include regular events such as the Crit Group, Show & Tell and creative workshops for families, as well as pop-up events by the artists and writers as they dig through Northampton.

You can listen to and download Who and Where You Really Are: a walking tour of Northampton by Ryan Van Winkle, Katherine Leyton and Jonathan Prior here.

Part of our Northampton Multiverse season.


Half Term Family Workshop
31 May 2014, 2pm–4pm
Venue: NN Education Space, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
Join artist Hannah Gaunt for an alternative way to explore the exhibition through making. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Artist talks: Aaron Head & Simon Woolham
6 June 2014, 2pm
Venue: Room MR57, The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton NN2 6JD
Listen to artists from the exhibition talk about their work followed by a Q&A session.

Show & Tell
12 June 2014, 7pm
Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
A night of networking for people in and around Northampton. If you are an artist or work in the creative industries, come along and meet other people who do too!
The evening takes a simple format of short show & tell and a social! If you would like to make a short presentation at our Show & Tell evening get in touch with Catherine Hemelryk for details, [email protected]org.

Crit Group
17 June 2014, 7pm
Venue: NN, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
NN hosts the Crit Group for artists at all stages of their career to
come together to discuss their work in progress, run by Kate Harrison.This June, theatre-makers Daniel Bye and Sarah Punshon will be arriving in Northampton to create Story Hunt. They will be dropping in to Crit Group to collect tales of lost and forgotten Northampton.

Jonbar Cabaret
20 June 2014, 8pm
Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
A night of poetry, performance, music, readings and stories by Jo Blake Cave, Ben Moor, Ryan van Winkle and others, followed by through-the-night interventions and performances in the lead up to Untune at St Crispin’s. Tickets £5 available from NN Café.

Untune at St Crispin’s
21 June 2014, 3:30am
Meet at NN, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
This year at summer solstice, you are invited to join us in commemorating the story of Doris Towers. We will use her story as an anchor for something more: a celebration of all that does not fit easily into our lives. A hike led by artist Jantine Wijnja will leave NN in time for us to watch the sun rise. Wear footwear ready for hiking and bring a bottle of water. Round trip will take approximately 3 hours.

Story Hunt
27, 28 and 29 June 2014
Venue: Departing from Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
Tickets are £6 and you can find out more and book tickets at

Write Club
3 July 2014, 7pm
Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
Write Club is for anyone wanting to brush up on their art writing. This edition of Write Club will look at artist statements and covering letters – bring samples of your writing (three printed copies of your texts) and any questions you may have about how to represent your practice through writing. Contact Catherine Hemelryk if you need further information, [email protected].

Film Night: A Field in England (2013)
3 July 2014, 8pm
Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
The 17th century English Civil War is the setting for this historical thriller by director Ben Wheatley.

Culture Clash Quiz
4 July 2014
Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
The quiz beams into your frontal hemisphere once more. Questions on arts, cinema, literature, and who knows what else. Alien taste tests, audio visual feeds of Orwellian stature. Go boldly… And bring a pen.

Throughout the project artists and writers featuring in Jonbar Archaeolgy will perform pop up events in NN and across Northampton. Keep an eye on NN’s website for details:

Looking for NN Café events? Visit their Facebook page.

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