From 15–19 October 2014 our top floor Project Space will be home to artist Olivia Punnett and her project Thread of a Plot: a study of Garden.
Olivia adapts slide projectors with different coloured wires corresponding to images projected throughout the space. Projecting onto wood chip wallpaper, gloss painted panels, concrete tablets, paper or bare wall, the projections and their stands are set up site-specifically in the Project Space.
The projected images are from Olivia’s personal collection, mostly inherited from her grandfather, a journalist from Raunds who was a former colleague of H. E. Bates. Olivia draws upon the work of Bates in her approach to the portrayal of Northamptonshire rural life and, by contrast, colonial Caribbean imagery.
If you are an artist and want to try something experiemental, apply to use our Project Space. Details and application forms here.
Are you looking to turn your creative practice into a business? Have an idea but not sure where to start? Want to develop a business idea that meets your values and aspirations?
From Art To Commerce is a new group meeting monthly at NN on Saturday mornings from 11am until 1pm. Each session has a particular business focus from business modelling to marketing and finance with an opportunity to share ideas and network with others.
Saturday 11 October 2014, 11am–1pm / Values And Ambition
Saturday 15 November 2014, 11am–1pm / Business Modelling
Saturday 6 December 2014, 11am–1pm / Argh…I Need A Cash Flow
Tracey Clarke, Development Director at NN, will be leading these practical and informative workshops for artists and makers. Tracey currently
For further information contact Tracey Clarke on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01604 638944.
Free, all welcome.
Make sure the Northampton Open Studios Weekender is in your diary! On 18–19 October artists are opening the doors to their studios across Northampton. You can meet some of the talent in the town, see where they work and talk to them about their art practice.
Our studio artists at NN will be taking part in event, as well as artists at Burns Street Studios, The Artist Sanctuary and more across Northampton.
For the full list of participating studios and opening times visit the Weekender page and spread the word!
NN is home to four artist studios. Echoing the buildings history as a hotel they come in double or single sizes and are priced in line with National Federation of Artist Studio Providers guidelines.
One of our studios will be available from 22 October 2014. For more information on rates and how to apply please email Laura@NNContemporaryArt.org. You can also email Laura Hogan to join the studio waiting list to receive notifications when the next studio becomes available.
Find out more about our current Studio artists here.
NN will be taking part in the Northampton Open Studio Weekender on 18–19 October 2014. Find out more here.
Throughout the exhibition the group were based in the gallery space, developing a Role Playing Game inspired by the myths and legends of Northamptonshire called Something Diabolical.
On Friday 3 October 2014 the group, run by and for young people aged 16–25, will be launching their game and limited edition manual and running a gaming weekend for anyone wanting to come and play in NN’s top floor Project Space. You can join SeeNN on Saturday 4 October from 11am–6pm and Sunday 5 October from 2pm–5pm.
The Launch coincides with the Opening Night of Mladen Miljanović The Garden of Delights on 3 October 2014, 6pm–8pm. All welcome!
For further information about SeeNN and to get involved visit www.seenn.org.
One Metre Measured will be in our top floor Project Space on Sunday 28 September 2014. Curated by Graham Keddie and Spencer Graham, the project features work by members of APT: A Place in Time? Research Group. This collaborative weekend examines the potential of one metre taken from any place at any time in any dimension as the starting point for the project.
On the Saturday before the public opening the group of artists and curators will discuss the work created for the event. On the Sunday all are warmly welcome to visit the Project Space to see the work created and to witness further discussions, graphic displays and explore the ideas featured in the work by the artists.
If you are an artist and want to try something experimental, apply to use our Project Space.
We worked with QUAD in Derby to co-commission a new body of work by Susan MacWilliam. The show debuted here at NN last year (visit our archive and Flickr) and now the second part of the project has opened at QUAD. You can visit AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED at QUAD until 23 November 2014.
AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED is a body of sculpture and video work that considers the historic and groundbreaking experimental ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) and telepathy work of parapsychologist Dr JB Rhine. With a fascination in the researcher’s quest for answers and proof Susan MacWilliam reflects on the work, experimental apparatus, lives and personalities of those involved in parapsychology – a subject falling beyond the ‘normal’ fields of science and psychology.
Regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Parapsychology’ Dr Rhine (1895–1980) was a leading researcher and published author. Rhine was interested in testing ESP, telepathy, psychokinesis and precognition through laboratory methods acceptable to science. Rhine began his renowned experimental research in the 1930s and developed tests employing the identification of unseen cards and the prediction of dice rolls. In 2011 Susan MacWilliam worked with the Rhine Research Center and Parapsychology Laboratory Records, Duke University, Durham, NC.
The video work AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED features the voices of historic and now dead figures from the fields of psychology and parapsychology, discussing the importance of exactness, precision and scientific rigour, and the role of parapsychology, and ESP and telepathy research in relation to developments in statistics and mathematics. Dr Seymour Mauskopf (Professor Emeritus of History, Duke University) refers to ESP experiments conducted by Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, and speculates on the transformative experience of looking back at Earth while standing on the Moon. While reflecting on the laboratory research of Dr JB Rhine, AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED explores our attempts to understand the world through asking questions. The video considers the ways in which we think about the world and our place within it; our desire to read something deeper into coincidence, and the belief that perhaps there is more to the world than simply ‘matter in motion’.
The imagery of book covers features in both the sculpture and video work. Through their communication of ideas from writer (sender) to reader (receiver) books are considered as telepathic devices; functioning as portals to knowledge and a means of navigating and making sense of the world. The installation Book Spheres presents an expansive vista which indulges in the graphic qualities and designs of parapsychology book covers. Drawing on the aesthetics of handmade experimental research apparatus the sculptural work Apparatusphere makes reference to mechanical orrery models.
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS
Image: AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED, video, 2013, 65 mins
We are currently changing exhibitions in the ground floor gallery. Our next show is The Garden of Delights by Mladen Miljanovic.
You are all warmly invited to the launch on Friday 3 October 2014 from 6–8pm.
Meanwhile, NN Cafe is open as usual and we will be bringing more artist events to you in the Project Space. Watch this space for details.
Calling all roller derby leagues! Become part of the official history of roller derby by donating items to the National Museum of Roller Derby.
Bring your team shirts, old flyers, zines and other paraphernalia that illustrates the rapid development of the sport in the UK over the past 7 years.
Ellie Harrison (aka Ch£apSkate), an artist and skater with Glasgow Roller Derby, established the National Museum of Roller Derby (NMRD) during her residency at Glasgow Women’s Library in 2012. The two Northamptonshire roller derby leagues, the Shoetown Slayers and Vendetta Vixens, have helped select the exhibits from the NMRD as well as contributing their own items. Many of the exhibits illustrate the grass roots and creative nature of the sport and the impact it has had on the lives of the skaters.
National Museum of Roller Derby: Make History
20 September 2014, 11am–6pm