About

In October 2010, Sideshow took place for the second time round supporting the prestigious British Art Show 7, “In The Days Of The Comet” curated by Lisa le Feuvre & Tom Morton, for its nationwide launch at Nottingham Contemporary, The New Art Exchange and the Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

Sideshow complemented Nottingham’s growing artist-led scene and do-it-yourself attitude towards contemporary art. Sideshow was a unique city-wide event in Nottingham presenting a range of contemporary art exhibitions, ambitious new commissions, site specific public projects, artists talks, performances, screenings and music events in the artist-led spaces, studios and empty buildings of the city.

15 new artists commissions involving 100 artists from the UK collaborating with 50 organisations were selected by Rob Bowman, Artangel, London; Lotte Juul Petersen, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Phil Duckworth & Ben Sadler, Juneau Projects, Birmingham and Kitty Anderson, The Common Guild, Glasgow.

Sideshow 2010 was co-ordinated and supported by Nottingham Visual Arts and funded by Arts Council England, Igniting Ambitions on behalf of the Legacy Trust UK and Nottingham City Council.

History

In 2005-6, the British Art Show 6 was co-curated by Andrea Schlieker and Alex Farquharson, who has since become director of the acclaimed Nottingham Contemporary. During this time, Nottingham was lacking in art “institutions” and BAS 6 was exhibited across multiple venues in derelict shops, small galleries and Nottingham Castle. Itself an example of Nottingham’s diverse approach to exhibiting contemporary art, the British Art Show 7 was exhibited in Nottingham’s high profile capital build projects; Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange, as well as the historic castle.

Sideshow in 2006 was inspired by the British Art Show’s presence in the city and supported artists and curators living and working in Nottingham at the time. It presented a city-wide event that brought in artists from all over the country to extend contemporary art networks. Events took place in domestic spaces, on the pavement, in car parks, hotels, empty shops, markets and artist-led gallery spaces, such as Moot.

Sideshow 2010 continued to support the growth of the expanding artist-led sector in the city and provided a platform for those artists, artists groups, galleries, studios, bars and warehouses to do what they do best. Supported by the rich music scene that the city is renowned for, alongside a well-respected performance art legacy, Sideshow was not at the side of anything, it was right in the middle of a unique, historic and diverse city.

15 new artists commissions involving 100 artists from the UK collaborating with 50 organisations were selected by Rob Bowman, Artangel, London; Lotte Juul Petersen, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Phil Duckworth & Ben Sadler, Juneau Projects, Birmingham and Kitty Anderson, The Common Guild, Glasgow.

Sideshow 2010 was co-ordinated and supported by Nottingham Visual Arts and is driven by the artists and curators currently living and working in the city.

www.sideshow2010.org

Images from the launch event at One Thoresby Street: