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Emma Cocker has been invited to be part of the forthcoming Research Pavilion in the context of the Venice Biennale 2019

This will be part of a research ‘cell’ developed by Alex Arteaga entitled Through Phenomena Themselves: Exploring new possibilities of mutual enhancement between artistic and phenomenological research practices.

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A new work by Andrew Pepper has been included in Analogue Ensemble : Extending the Frame as part of the Whitstable Biennale 2018.

Curated by Cathy Rogers the exhibition featrures; Amy Dickson, Simon Payne, Andrew Pepper and Mary Stark.

Bringing together holograms, woven film, recorded mobile phone performance and a classic avant-garde film used anew as a graphic score, the exhibition explores the relationship between screen space, physical space and the experience of viewing moving image within the conditions of the gallery.

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Exhibition dates: to the public 10th May - 8th June 2018

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Seán Cummins is presenting new work at the Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London.

A Control Room Romance: The Operators
Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London
20th November 2019 – 05th January 2020

Seán exhibits paintings of Nuclear Power Control Room Operatives absorbed in their supervisory task. He uses mid-twentieth century photographic imagery of a Nuclear Power Control Room and an early computer laboratory as source material. The work explores the interaction between humans and sophisticated technology, revealing an absorption in the human-machine interface.

Cummins makes paintings as an archaeological process from historic photographs. Working between abstraction and figuration, he manipulates the images using painterly strategies that prioritise flatness, shape and colour. The aim is to give new life through a subversive representation. He sees this process as a “reverse modernism” that exposes the idealism of that time to our present gaze.


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Mindy Lee               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         020 7594 9364

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Andrew Pepper is showing new work in Holography, Light, Time & Space, Aveiro City Museum, Portugal.

26th June - 30th September 2018.


A curated exhibition including over 25 internaternational artists working with holography and light.


The show coincided with the 11th International Symposium on Display Holography held at the University of Avairo.


A new work by Pepper was presented as part of the exhibition which included the floor installation Light Wedge 2018.


The initial installation was made up of two glass holographic plates, one supported by a wooden wedge and the other by the first holographic plate.


This version was on show for the duration of the symposium and was then reinstalled to include a single plate with holographic drawing and wedge.

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Returns is an on-going collaboration between Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University. It emerged from Topographies of the Obsolete, an international research project initiated in 2012 by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, which focused on the disused Spode ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

Taking the Spode site as ‘author’, the artists in Returns have conducted research through practice in a series of residencies and workshops. The project addresses the particular histories and the present state of the factory, amidst the wider context of post-industrial landscapes and their ruins. As manufacturing ceases or moves elsewhere, and buildings crumble, what becomes of these remains and the communities cast adrift by the receding tides of commerce?

The exhibition brings together artistic research from Andrew Brown, Chloë Brown, Joanne Lee, Danica Maier and Debra Swann. Recent Fine Art graduates Ciarán Harrington and Christine Stevens are producing new work ‘in-residence’ in Bonington Gallery during the exhibition.

Exhibition continues 12 February – 4 March 2015


RETURNS Discussion Workshops

Throughout the exhibition, a series of events will consider specific issues uncovered in Returns’ research through practice. Variously using presentations, conversation and practical activities, three discussion workshops bring together professionals and practitioners to reflect upon particular points of focus.

Digging through Dirt: Archaeology past, present, precious and unwanted 11 February, 1pm – 2.15pm

Referencing recent activities at Nottingham’s Lenton Abbey, the Island site and Stoke-on-Trent, Spode Works, this discussion will consider archaeology as a form of art practice, the archaeological dig experienced from an artists’ perspective and the ruin as site for artistic enquiry. Led by Andrew Brown. Participants: Anne Helen Mydland, Curator and Professor, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway; George Miles, Photographer and academic, Nottingham Trent University; Rebecca Beinart, Artist, educator and activist, and Wasteland Twinning Project explorer

Artists will have your Ruin: Regeneration through the arts 18 February, 1pm – 2.15pm

The session brings together artists, gallery directors, studio managers and council developers from Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent, the three cities involved in the Returns research project, to consider how artists repurpose ruins and how creative practices breathe life into a city and its cultural economy beyond purely monetary gain. Led by Joanne Lee and Ciarán Harrington. Participants: Glen Stoker, Anna Francis, Co Directors, Airspace, Stoke on Trent; Michelle Bowen, Development Director, Primary, Nottingham; Matthew Chesney, Director, Backlit, Nottingham; Richard Bartle, Founder member and manager, Bloc, Sheffield; Peter Thompson, Development Programme Manager for Spode site, Stoke-on-Trent City Council


Ruins of Craft: Lost art of making 25 February, 1pm – 2.15pm

Taking as a context the three cities involved in the Returns project, and the loss of their craft-based industrial heritage – Nottingham’s lace and textile industry, Stoke on Trent’s ceramics factories and Sheffield’s metalworking – this session considers the disappearance of craft skills and its implications for contemporary decorative and fine arts. Led by Christine Stevens. Participants: Dr. Becky Shaw, Post Graduate Research Tutor in Art and Design, Sheffield Hallam University; Jude Wensley, Senior Lecturer in Decorative Arts, Nottingham Trent University; Andy Harris, Ceramics and Glass Technician, Nottingham Trent University.

If you would like to join us for a Discussion Workshop, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The events are FREE but booking is essential as places are limited to facilitate discussion. More information on each event is available at

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Andrew Pepper is showing work in the New Art Exchange Open exhibition

The exhibition opens on 10th June 2022
Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 4pm


The juried selection, from over 300 submitted works, reflects the diversity of practices and approaches from Nottinghamshire based artists and Global Majority artists living in the UK.


Light Wedge, an installation incorporating holographic drawings.


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Danica Maier will be giving a talk about her work and current exhibition Stitch & Peacockat The Collection, Lincoln.

Tuesday - 4th November - 3.30pm

Presented in association with the University of Lincoln.

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