Recently, I explored the delightful sights of Nottingham where I visited the exhibition House of Fame at the Nottingham Contemporary, as well as artist led spaces - Primary, BACKLIT and the Surface Gallery.
The exhibition House of Fame was convened by Linder Sterling, the first artist in residence at Chatsworth House who engages with gender, commodity and display by creating photomontages and carefully selecting key influential artists and artefacts from the Chatsworth collection. Whilst appearing to be a random assortment of work, this eclectic mix provides an insight into the complexities of an artists mind and their subsequent influences, whether that's other practitioners or the environment they are working in. In celebration of her achievements spanning 40 years, Sterling provides a platform for artists that she is inspired by to share the limelight from Moki Cherry to Heidi Bucher, the latter of which, called to me the most.
Artist Heidi Bucher creates "room skins" that preserve architectural spaces through the use of latex and gauze (see image below).
In addition to the Nottingham Contemporary, it was a pleasure to visit artist led spaces Primary, Backlit and the Surface Gallery. This provided a wonderful opportunity to see how collectives have set up spaces to work and exhibit. For me, Primary was a fantastic example in how an art community can be formed where people have the opportunity to be creative, collaborate and give back to the organisation by delivering workshops, organising exhibitions and engaging with the community. It is my hope that something similar might be formed in Lincoln in the future, fingers crossed!