Melissa Beardmore / Charlie Birtles / Lorenza Demata / Hannah Fletcher /
Thomas Franzoni / Colette Griffin / Chaz Howkins / Yewon Lee / HyeJoo Moon / Sabi Nicholson / Demi Overton / Amelia Seren Roberts / Gwenllian Spink / Danni Spooner / Zala Zagoršek
Surface Gallery is excited to welcome UK Young Artists who will deliver an innovative show of contemporary artwork from national and international artists as part of a city-wide event across Nottingham.
UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19 will bring together over 250 national and international artists from 25 countries. Organised by national charity UK Young Artists (UKYA) - who champion the next generation of creativity by supporting and developing the careers of artists aged 18-30 - the first UKYA City Takeover will immerse visitors in an array of extraordinary, innovative and contemporary work. Over seven days, 100 events will take place, including exhibitions, installations and performances, animating cultural spaces and unusual places across Nottingham.
At Surface Gallery, 15 artists from the UK Young Artist Takeover will occupy both spaces. In the Main Gallery, process and routine informs the work of many artists, with a central focus on manipulation and tactility of material. Expect to encounter large-scale sculptural works that defy form and playfully question reality. Gwenllian Spink’s salt dough, foam and acrylic nails-composed Shapeshifter II hangs majestically from the ceiling; whilst Colette Griffin’s Past Her combines powder coated steel and handmade pasta exploring the relationship between industry and the home. In the Project Space, work presented explores identity, gender and its relationship to both private and public spheres. Peer underneath the lids of toilet seats in Chaz Howkins’ Don’t Linger; immerse yourself in glitter and bananas in Danni Spooner’s Pinkjam; and see a snapshot of an LGBT party at a tiny bar in Northern Ireland in Sabi Nicholson’s Hell Hole.