Live Season 2015

  • And stand a ruin amidst ruins: Tristram Aver Image

    And stand a ruin amidst ruins: Tristram Aver

    When: 07.03.2015 to 05.07.2015

    A special temporary exhibition of contemporary paintings in the Great Drawing Room at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire.

    And stand a ruin amidst ruins, an exhibition by Nottingham-based artist Tristram Aver, has been created specially for, and in direct response to, Newstead Abbey and aspects of its collections.

    Watch Tristram Aver talking about making his commission:

    Using late 18th to early 19th century sporting art and landscape paintings of pastoral England and Nottinghamshire, alongside the abundance of wallpaper designs as a starting point, Aver has created an altered, condensed view of Newstead's history, culminating in complex paintings that hint at how the building was used, and how it is used today.

    Tristram Aver is a beneficiary of a New Expressions New Opportunities Award.

    Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire,
    NG7 2BD
    T: 01623 455900

    Open every weekend or by special appointment.

    Normal entry fees apply.
    Visit for information.

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  • Ebb and Flow: Chris Watson Image

    Ebb and Flow: Chris Watson

    When: 28.03.2015 to 31.12.2015

    Seasonal sounds through the Devon Year: A sound commission for RAMM's staircase.

    Chris Watson, one of the world's leading wildlife recorders, is bringing sounds from rural Devon into the heart of RAMM. Four seasonal recordings from a variety of locations will create a changing soundscape evocative of Devon's diverse ecosystems.

    Chris Watson is a BAFTA award-winning audio recordist who has worked with the BBC on many of their best known natural history productions including Tweet of the Day, Frozen Planet and The Life of Birds.

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RX.
    T: 01392 265858

    RAMM is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
    Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays.

    Admission Free.
    Donations welcome.

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  • Magister Dixit: Emma Smith Image

    Magister Dixit: Emma Smith

    When: 09.05.2015 to 30.09.2015

    Over the last year, Emma Smith has been developing a new work for Tyntesfield in collaboration with National Trust volunteers, as part of New Expressions 3. New Expressions 3 establishes a national approach to collaboration between contemporary artists and museums. It explores how partnership working can be structured in the future by providing fresh approaches to collections and engaging visitor experiences across England.

    ​On the 9th May 2015 Magister Dixit will open at Tyntesfield.

    Discover how the artist has woven the fascinating and curious history of performance, ritual and service at Tyntesfield into an interactive sculptural form, which explores the power of the spoken word through the ages.

    The project takes its title from the Pythagorean phrase ‘the master has said’ which stems from an inscription on the door of the Tyntesfield library, which reads: Scripta Manent Verba Volant ‘the written word stays and the spoken word flies’.

    Visitors are invited to use the piece to explore the sounds and performances of Tyntesfield; what games were played and plays performed, what rituals and services took place, how was knowledge shared?

    Today volunteers share their knowledge of the history of Tyntesfield with visitors through the spoken word. This often leads to conversation, an exchange of information, which is often lost or not publically shared. Magister Dixit can become a platform for this exchange, providing a space where audiences and the Tyntesfield teams can become part of and contribute to the history of the house.

    Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NX
    T: 01275 461900

    Normal entry fees apply.

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  • The Working End: Nancy J Clemance Image

    The Working End: Nancy J Clemance

    When: 10.05.2015 to 26.09.2015

    Nancy J Clemance has spent months researching Bridport Museum’s rope and net-focused Sanctuary Collection and engaging with the local community as part of her commission.

    ‘The Working End’ comprises three works: a projection of words, plus archival and new images; the ‘Knot Booth’ that she has used to invite knot contributions from members of the public, and the resulting sculptural piece.

    Bridport Museum, 25 South Street,
    Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR
    T: 01308 458703

    Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
    Closed Sundays.

    Admission Free.
    Donations welcome.

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  • They Told Me a Tale: Matthew Benington and Richard Baines Image

    They Told Me a Tale: Matthew Benington and Richard Baines

    When: 22.05.2015 to 24.07.2015

    Artists Matthew Benington and Richard Baines will present new work inspired by the eclectic collections of Penryn Museum, Penryn, Cornwall.

    Commissioned by new art organisation Field Notes, the two artists are graduates of Falmouth University's BA Fine Art course and went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London.

    A programme of talks and events will also take place inspired by their commission, including a student exhibition called ‘The History Laboratory’ which will be held during the Penryn Arts Festival 22 to 25 May.

    Penryn Museum, Penryn Town Hall, Higher Market Street, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 8LT
    T: 01326 372158

    Admission Free.

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  • Chris Poolman and Elizabeth Rowe: Good Money Image

    Chris Poolman and Elizabeth Rowe: Good Money

    When: 23.05.2015 to 01.11.2015

    Inspired by the innovations and technical breakthroughs in coinage at Boulton’s Soho Mint in the 18th century, Birmingham-based artists Chris Poolman and Elizabeth Rowe launched ‘Good Money: A Currency Competition for Handsworth’.

    Over the last few months local residents have been designing their own currency and nominating local Handsworth ‘visionaries’ who will have their profiles cast on the coins. The coins will be minted in Birmingham and presented to local people both as a limited edition artwork and as a celebration of local heroes.

    The finished coins and some of the shortlisted designs will be on display in a free exhibition at Soho House.

    23 May - Exhibition launch and presentations to winning designers and visionaries
    23 May to 31 May - Launch week with exhibition display during half-term
    23 May to 1 November - Exhibition runs*.

    Soho House, Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB

    *From time to time access to the exhibition may be limited due to special events. Please check opening times on website to avoid disappointment.

    Free admission to exhibition

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  • The Collector's Case: Yelena Popova Image

    The Collector's Case: Yelena Popova

    When: 05.06.2015 to 31.12.2015

    Lord Bearsted, the son of Marcus Samuel - the founder of Shell Transport and Trading, acquired the Upton House estate in 1927. He was a prominent art collector and philanthropist. His son donated the house, gardens and art collection to the National Trust in 1948.

    Yelena Popova has been working with this amazing painting collection to uncover its history, secrets and stories.

    ‘The Collector’s Case’ is a video work and series of ‘invisible portraits’ that reflect on the temporality of a painting collection how it exists or has a relationship with time. Her commission also reflects on the act of looking at and looking after paintings.

    Upton House, near Banbury, Warwickshire,
    OX15 6HT
T: 01295 670266


    Normal entry fees apply.

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    When: 13.06.2015 to 31.10.2015

    ‘Distant Drumbeat’ is a work by Sean Griffiths, Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster and visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University, which is bringing a new sound and light experience to an historic landscape.

    Located in Lyme’s magnificent woodland, a three storey Lantern with its distinctive octagonal spire is clearly visible from Lyme’s beautiful top lawn. The Lantern is thought to have originally been located on the north gatehouse of Lyme Park Hall, but is now separated from the main house.

    Distant Drumbeat is an interactive public artwork that aims to bring the two closer together. Visitors will be invited to gaze straight at the original Lantern half a mile away and strike a series of drum ‘pads’. Once struck, it will light up according to the rhythm of the striker. The visitor will be literally ‘playing the landscape’ which will light up before their eyes.

    Lyme Park and Gardens, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NR
    T: 01663 762023

    Lyme Park (Hall) is open Friday to Tuesday, 11am to 5pm
    The Garden is open daily, 11am to 5pm
    The Park is open daily, 8.30am to 8pm

    Please visit the website for admission prices

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  • Heavy Rock: Keith Harrison Image

    Heavy Rock: Keith Harrison

    When: 22.07.2015 to 22.08.2015

    ‘Heavy Rock’ is an exciting public art commission that aims to shed new light on Plymouth’s historic breakwater.

    This unique project will make a hidden process public as well as producing a contemporary response to the historic collections held at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

    Each year up to twelve 100-tonne concrete wave breakers are cast at Oreston Quay and then placed in strategic positions on the breakwater. The wave breakers help reinforce this fascinating structure which lies at the entrance to Plymouth Sound protecting the harbour and anchorages. The work is overseen by the Ministry of Defence and Babcock.

    British artist Keith Harrison has intervened in the casting process of one of these blocks and has installed hydrophone sound technology inside it.

    The block will be dropped into position on the breakwater on the evening of Saturday 18 July 2015 as part of a live event. This event will also feature the first public airing of a brand new piece of music composed by British musician Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and performed by a 24-piece military band.

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    The sounds that are captured by the hydrophones inside the wave breaker will then be relayed back to land. From Wednesday 22 July to Saturday 22 August 2015 they can be heard as part of an exhibition at KARST.

    KARST, 22 George Place, Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3NY
    T: 01752 222676.

    22 July to 22 August:
    Wednesday to Saturday only, 11am to 5pm

    Admission free

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  • Blind Spot: Tim Shore Image

    Blind Spot: Tim Shore

    When: 24.07.2015 to 01.11.2015

    An artists’ film installation for The Workhouse, Southwell.

    Blind Spot is a short film that will be projected onto a screen in one of the small empty rooms of the Workhouse.

    The film captures the passing of time, recording mundane events that happen every day: the movement of the shadow cast by the sun as it works its way across the face of the small sundial scratched into the red brick wall of the ‘Able-bodied Men’s’ exercise yard, and tracing the patterns of sunlight and shadow cast by the iron window frames of the building across the floors of the empty dormitories.

    The film plays slowly. Timelapse images of the sundial and sunlight in the building will play simultaneously, side by side, abutting one another. The soundtrack will chime with the images and feature the hymn tune ‘Southwell’ played on the Workhouse Harmonium, accompanied by snatches and traces of voices from the National Trust’s Oral History Archive at the Workhouse.

    Rev. J.T. Becher, the founder of the Workhouse said that ‘An empty workhouse is a successful one’ and the film plays with nothingness and emptiness - the absence of the people the building was designed to hold - and the slow passing of light and time which recalls the lives of the inmates and people who have lived and worked at the Workhouse.

    The installation will be accompanied by a small publication that offers interpretive and contextual material about the work.

    The Workhouse, Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PT
    T: 01636 817260

    For opening dates and times please see

    Normal admission fees apply.

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  • Uta Kogelsberger: New Work Image

    Uta Kogelsberger: New Work

    When: 24.07.2015 to 03.01.2016

    Cumbria Museum Consortium venues Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust and Wordsworth Trust, jointly present new works by artist Uta Kögelsberger who has developed four interrelated pieces of work that establishes visual and conceptual links between the three venues and their collections as well as responding to the landscape and climate of Cumbria.

    Inspired by the eclectic mix of collections at the three venues, Kögelsberger was fascinated by the story of the last golden eagle living in England, whose unhatched eggs are part of the Tullie House collection and in response she has created a series of large-scale photographs that are on display at Abbot Hall. Also as part of the commission Kögelsberger produced two video projects, the first one, showing at Abbot Hall, takes its cue from the narrative of the lone eagle and the second showing at Abbot Hall and Tullie House, follows a birdwatcher who grapples with the impossibility of becoming invisible in order to achieve true observation.

    The final work is a large-scale exterior backdrop presenting the visitor with a permanent break in the clouds; an alternative reality to the picturesque setting of Dove Cottage. The clouds take reference from one of the earliest romantic depictions of the Lake District, Philippe Jacques De Loutherbourg’s painting Belle Isle, Windermere in a Storm painted in 1785 and on show at Abbot Hall.

    Uta Kögelsberger lives in London. Her work has been exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally including at Spacex, Exeter, Bluecoat, Liverpool, the European Sovereign Art Prize at the Barbican, London, Photofusion, London, and The Glassell Project Space, MFAH, Houston, Texas and Laurence Miller Gallery, New York.

    Work on display at:
    Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
    Display: 24 July - 3 January 2016. Video: 21 October - 3 January 2016

    Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
    Video: 24 October - 29 November 2015

    Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
    Outdoor display: 1 August - 12 September 2015

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  • Memoria: David Bridges Image

    Memoria: David Bridges

    When: 01.08.2015 to 04.10.2015

    ‘Memoria’ is an exhibition featuring a series of lit porcelain sculptures.

    Artist David Bridges has taken his inspiration from the stories of people who worked in Armley Mills when it was a working mill.

    The sculptures will be exhibited in unlit, unusual areas of the mill, including places that have previously never been seen by the visiting public.

    The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events including artist-led exhibition tours and a sculpture workshop.

    Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills,
    Canal Road, Armley,
    Leeds, LS12 2QF
    T: 0113 378 3173

    Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm (last admission 4pm)

    Normal entry fees apply.

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  • New work: Philip Eglin Image

    New work: Philip Eglin

    When: 01.08.2015

    Philip Eglin has been studying York Museum Trust's collections of Old Master paintings, portraits and religious works as well as its important collection of alabasters and a small collection of Roman ceramic figures, examples of English medieval pottery, tin-glazed delftware and printed ceramics produced by Yorkshire potteries. Accessing such a range of material offers an extraordinary variety of narratives and will result in a body of work uniquely tied to York Museums Trust.

    Drawing is important to Eglin's practice. He has been working with local primary and secondary school children to produce drawings used as source material for his commission.

    Image: work in progress

    York Art Gallery
    Exhibition Square
    YO1 7EW

    T: 01904 687687

    (Currently Closed until 1 August 2015)

    Mon to Fri: 10am 5pm
    Sat: 10am 8pm
    Sun: 12 noon 4pm

    Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January

  • Erdkunde: John Wood and Paul Harrison Image

    Erdkunde: John Wood and Paul Harrison

    When: 19.09.2015 to 31.01.2016

    Artists John Wood and Paul Harrison present 'Erdkunde'; a new video work responding to Bristol City Museum's collections.

    A lecture, a presentation, a demonstration
    A collection, a catalogue, a display
    Of information, notes, sketches, photographs, thoughts, ideas
    Letters, numbers and symbols
    Boxes, slides and diagrams
    Looking at things, finding things, talking about things, making up things

    This New Expressions commission is part of Bristol's Green Capital programme.

    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL
    T: 0117 922 3571

    Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
    Sat, Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am-6pm

    Admission Free

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