Long Term Guests
As well as hosting changing exhibitions, NN is home to a growing number of semi-permanent artworks. As NN at Number Nine Guildhall Road was formerly an hotel, we consider these artworks as our long-term guests.
Wallpaper paste, glitter.
All glitter paintings are collaborations with Stefan Saffer as decided in 1997
Each mark was made with a breath of glitter onto NN’s stairwell walls and continues a series of glitter paintings by Kathrin Böhm in various locations. Untitled is a site-specific work resembling a nebulous, breathy, iridescent cloud that changes colour as viewers pass.
Jonathan Prior, Katherine Leyton & Ryan Van Winkle
Who and Where You Really Are: A poetic walking tour of Northampton, 2014
What if you were never born? What if your grandmother was thrown from a horse or your grandfather burned in a factory fire? Would you be a ghost, or just a dream of a ghost? With sounds recorded and collaged from various locales by Jonathan Prior and poems by Katherine Leyton & Ryan Van Winkle this sometimes surreal, sometimes contradictory, sometimes emotional tour explores the divergent and fabricated histories of a Northampton character who might not even exist. Commissioned as part of Jonbar Archaeology.
Ways to listen:
Visit NN Contemporary Art to borrow an mp3 player and walking directions. Ask at the front desk.
Stream the audio tour directly on your mobile device here
Download the entire tour and walking directions here
Glass, pigment, steel frame
Claude by Hayley Lock was originally comissioned for NN’s inagural exhibition, Guests & Hosts. The work is a 4ft diameter convex glass, an expanded drawing tool that garnered occult connotations in Victorian times leading to its decline. Claude lives in NN Café, reflecting the space.
Claude occasionally leaves NN to feature in exhibitions. Claude was previously on loan to the Minories, Colchester to feature in Hayley Lock’s exhibition Lone Pine Club 12 March–7 May 2016. For more information click here.
Previous Long Term Guests:
Early Warning Signs, 2011
NN was a host venue for Early Warning Signs by Ellie Harrison thoughout 2015. During NN’s opening hours a spinning sign declaring CLIMATE CHANGE (or perhaps CHANGE CLIMATE) could be seen outside our front windows on Guildhall Road. This ongoing project was initiated at the Two Degrees Festival in 2011 to ‘promote’ climate change, mimicking signs you might find outside a garage or Bureau de Change. Bright and bold, they are trying to grab the attention of passers-by.
NN was one of four venues are presenting the signs in 2015, our fellow hosts that year were Spike Island (Bristol), The Tetley (Leeds), GoMA (Glasgow).