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Links Round-Up – the ethics of art

Copyright Shelley Goldsmith

Courtesy of Nottingham Castle Museum & Gallery site

Copyright Shelly Goldsmith, courtesy of NCM&G

In the run up to the Easter break there is the usual abundance of creative activity in Notts – to participate in or just relax and enjoy.  With a distinctly ethical theme – here’s a round-up of just a few of the exciting events taking place over the next week.

Art at Nottingham Castle

Exhibitions: Lost and Found, Remainders and Critical Cloth
Venue: Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Date: from 16 April until 19 June 2011.

Three exciting new textile exhibitions feature works of both contemporary and historic context, developed to bring textiles back-to-life through creative perspectives on recycling, reinvention and repair. These critical reflections explore the scope of sustainability and rediscover the versatility of textiles both past and present.

Exhibition: Blockwerk Orchestra
Venue: Long Gallery, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Date: Until October 2011

Blockwerk Orchestra invites you to explore art through sound and music and to become part of a multi-sensory orchestra.

Creative individuals from Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind have developed a contemporary display using the concept of making art accessible for all. Inspired by the British Art Show exhibition last year, a creative programme of events explore how gallery spaces work – and how its possible to permanently change the space to achieve this objective. 

Visit Nottingham City Council website for details.

Exhibition: Huang Yong Ping
and Wael Shawky
Venue: Nottingham Contemporary
Date: from 15 April to 26 July 2011

Nottingham Contemporary’s next exhibition opens this Friday and one of the many works included is the fuselage of a US spy plane – a spectacular installation by artist Huang Yong Ping.

Huang, one of China’s leading artists, is showcasing his Bat Project (2004-05).  The extraordinary piece is in reference to the international incident in 2001 in which a Chinese fighter jet collided with a US surveillance plane.

See Nottingham Contemporary website for further details.


Exhibition: Flash Bang
The venue: Trade Gallery
Date: 15th April – 29th April

Flash Bang comprises two works – Elisa Pone’s ‘I’m looking for something to believe in’, 2007 and Katie Davies’ ‘38th Parallel’, 2008.’

The exhibition explores the dynamics between the two pieces of work – their similarities and differences. It encourages the visitor to look for patterns which appear both incidentally and intentionally.

Private View – 14th April 8pm – 10pm (Following on from Nottingham Contemporary’s opening).
Trade Gallery is situated on Thoresby Street, (off Pennyfoot Street), NottinghamNG1 1AJ.
For more information visit the website.


Inspiring and inventive Fashion Design students from Nottingham Trent University have teamed up with Nottingham’s Goose Gate Oxfam shop in an exciting eco-conscious ‘Up-Cycling’ project.

The students have been given a selection of clothes that Oxfam can’t sell (due to their imperfections). Their mission, to transform these unwanted items into desirable, original garments, which will eventually be sold back into the store under the new brand name ‘Trashion’.

To showcase their designs, a fashion show and ‘up-cycling’ workshop event will be held at Escucha at 8pm on the 19th April.

This collaboration between Nottingham Trent University and Oxfam will give students the chance to have their unique designs sold in a commercial environment.

Support this very worthy cause, and bag yourself some individually crafted items to look good this spring and summer season.

The Oxfam D.I.Y shop is located in Nottingham’s Lace Market.

Book for the weeks ahead…


Protect your IP

Do you need to understand how to protect your Intellectual Property? Two free events are being held in the East Midlands to offer insight into the world of IP, and help you to understand the benefits of taking IP and IP management seriously. Hear the experiences of IP and innovation experts.

The events, which are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) also include IP surgeries, tailored to give personalised, practical advice for your business.

9.00am – 1.15pm on 12th May 2011 at the Hilton Hotel, Castle Donington
9.00am – 1.15pm on 17th May 2011 at the University of Northampton

To register log on to the ProspectIP website.