Trinity Church hosts landmark art exhibition

Trinity Church Nottingham is hosting a landmark exhibition and mini arts festival celebrating diverse communities, cultures and collaborations, to be launched by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham.

Created by QUARRYLAB, a not for profit artist’s support programme, and sponsored by local businesses, the new ‘pop up’ exhibition of contemporary art called ‘SEE HERE’ will run for a month from June 14th – July 13th.

The Rt Revd Paul Williams will be launching the  exhibition on Wednesday June 13th at 6.30pm. He says: “We are delighted to host this landmark arts exhibition in one of Nottingham’s newest churches. Trinity Church Nottingham held its first services in the Old Neale’s Auction House on Easter Sunday 2017 and now has a weekly congregation of 300 with an average age of 28, and now just over a year on we are thrilled to be hosting an event that celebrates the dynamic and creative energy in Nottingham and across the region.

“For five centuries the top of the Mansfield Road was known as Gallows Hill for reasons that need little explanation. In the mid-19th century as the city expanded and the gallows removed it was renamed Mars Hill, a reference to Saint Paul’s sermon preached at the Areopgaus in Athens. This was a landmark message celebrating Jesus’ resurrection life over the power of death. An arts festival is a fitting way to celebrate another historic building being rejuvenated for future generations living and growing up in our city. We want to say that Nottingham is a great place to experience the fullness of LIFE.”

Curated by Quarrylab artists Roy Pickering FRSA and Mark Rawlinson, ‘SEE HERE’ presents the work of a range of artists who all in some way engage with the ideas, challenges and processes of  location / re-location, overcoming adversity and working in partnership, and who display a total commitment to art and creativity as crucial to our understanding of ourselves and others. As Director, Roy Pickering explains : “Quarrylab is all about giving creative people the time and space to think about their ideas and work, and the opportunity to show work in new spaces. That is why this project offers such exciting possibilities”.

Celebrating the creative energy of Nottingham and the wider region, and as part of the Midlands Engine initiative for creativity and collaboration, the exhibition of visual arts will also provide the foundation for an exciting programme of events showcasing the work of musicians, performers and theatre groups, and offering lectures and workshops which explore the exhibition’s core themes.

Roy continues: “The main focus of Quarrylab’s ‘SEE HERE’ exhibition is on showing how creativity can be a positive force for good, highlight issues of concern, and consider how communities develop and are enriched by the movement of peoples. To this end, as well as a diverse selection of artists and work represented we have put together a programme of music, poetry, drama and lectures. This will include an illustrated talk by Professor Todd Landman, head of the anti-slavery initiative at the University of Nottingham at the exhibition venue on 27th June, which falls within Refugee Week”

The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace comments :  “The ‘SEE HERE’ Exhibition promises to be an outstanding cultural event in Nottingham aimed at reaching out to new audiences in the East Midlands who already have a great appreciation of the arts, but who perhaps to date have not been able to access such a rich tapestry of artistic talent and achievement in one very unique place.”

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Visual arts:

Beverley Bennett, Matt Chesney, Shehzad Chowdhury, Thiebault Delferiere, Trudi Entwistle, Sardul Gill, Paul Harraway, Andrew Harris, Carole Hawthorne, Katja Hock, Jim Jack, Bill Ming, Nadia Ming, Mwini Mutuku, Dickens Otieno, Demi Overton, Josie Perry, Richard Perry, Roy Pickering, Mark Rawlinson, Gurminder Sikand.

Music and performance :

Liam Bailey, Harleighblu, Abii Soul, Sunset Nebula, Cecile Grey, Benjamin Bassford, New Perspectives Theatre, Nottingham writers groups, Todd Landman, Artists & Curators discussion, & more tbc.


Old Neale’s Auction House, 192-194 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3HU

Launch event: Wednesday 13th June, 6.30pm (by invitation)

Exhibition runs from 14th June to 13th July, 10am – 5pm (not open Sundays)

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