FEAST

As SOBJECTS drew to a close and the earth’s shadow eclipsed the full moon, to conclude the exhibition esteemed-possible-dinner-guests came to party with us at One Thoresby Street from sundown.
 
‘Crawl through the hole, erase the exhibition, get a special treat. Don’t come hungry don’t come gorgeous!’
 
VIPs were flown in from Hamburg, to deliver rousing speeches. The monster munch was crunched. The adrenochrome flowed. Grey liquid poured forth like rivers.

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SOBJECTS

Just get rid of everything and crawl through the hole. “SOBJECTS” shows three collectively installed videoworks that share distinct director/performer relationships, and slippages between performance and video. The exhibition will culminate in a Feast with performers from the videos beginning at sundown on Friday 19th November.
 
Opening November 5th, 11am-7pm.
Continues Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11am-5pm, until November 19th.
Feast November 19th, Sundown-Onwards
Daniel Hopp, ADRENOCHROM, Film HD, 20’, 2020
Everyone pursues their own interests. Who makes up the plot here? The protagonists, the filmmaker, the audience? The film takes place during the first lockdown and tells of the relationship between a social worker, a conspiracy believer and a filmmaker. Almost like Big Brother.
Daniel Hopp’s practice gathers friends, actors, relatives, and experts in staged performative situations, which are documented, extended, and condensed in his video works. The protagonists of these constellations are equally bodies, subjects, relationships and social dynamics.
@daniel_h.o.p.p
 
Shinhoo Yhi, baby, dog, and Dog, 4K, 35’05”, 2021
In ‘baby, dog, and Dog’, Yhi invites the videographers and the handheld camera into the performance to shoot the performer. The performers are trapped to follow directions and play the role of a baby, baggage handler, stray dog, and administrator. On a rainy day comes hypothermia, from a burning asphalt cones dehydration. For who could ever deliver them from the danger of drama?
Shinhoo Yhi works with performance and video in collaboration with musicians. In her recent work, she directs the performers to visualize a state that is impossible to reach with a human body such as animal, speed of a machine, or death. In scrutinising a body which faces power, control, exclusion, or passivity, Yhi creates a dramatic stage in the middle of the city for each character to hit a peculiar condition.
#shinhooyhi
 
Chloe Langlois, The Magic Sign, 19’38”, 2021
The Magic Sign is a self help spell based on my time working in a betting shop in Shepherd’s Bush. Told through a combination of narration, karaoke, and a re-enactment, in 8 episodes structured around the pagan Wheel of the Year, a cycle of repeated rituals and revivalism. Destructive and problematic in multiple ways, it was also a riotously joyful place. I made this work with the 30 people I’ve been living with since last September, re-visiting ghosts of previous social dynamics, in a psychedelic loop with the new ones.
Working predominantly with live performance and video, my current interests lie in reconstruction as time travel, channelling, and collective euphoria. Making my own props and costumes, I use mostly friends and non-actors in pre-planned but unrehearsed scenes, in order to build chaos within a closed, esoteric world that I drag the audience into.
@clolanglois

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Wigflex City Festival

‘This October, Wigflex turn 15 and to celebrate we’re putting on our biggest multi-venue, day to night dance to date.

We’re taking over our favourite city in the world and filling 20+ venues with all the weird and wonderful Art and visuals we’ve become synonymous for since 2006.

Think never before danced in outdoor spaces, warehouses, basements, churches and more. All filled to the brim with some of the heaviest hitters in the game, including old Flex family favourites and debut performances a plenty.

We can’t wait to see you down the front..’

 

Images by Frankie Casillo, Giulia Spadafora & Matt Woodham

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Late Harvest Party

Following our afternoon of talks, and activities we opened up our newly expanded project space and brought back the OTS tradition of partying.
 
DJs Feminem & Jonathan P. Watts were joined by some our own community including Marika, Ellen Angus & Naomi Nakazato and laid down the tracks until the early hours of the morning. 
 
From Paul Hughes: 
 

‘The day is coming to an end. The ground-floor space has been cleared. Matt Woodham has rigged some lights and DJ FEMINEM has started to play. It’s cold – we’re now definitely past summer – but as I dance I begin to strip off layers of clothes. After months of lockdown, I’ve yearned for this. I’m grinning, sweating, weaving through the space, bouncing between friends and strangers. I imagine a flow of energy vibrating from the bodies in the room, into the walls and floor, back into the people, past and present and future.’

Late Harvest Review – Paul Hughes

 
Late Harvest was co-produced alongside Effy Harle, and featured the design work of Saria Digregorio

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Late Harvest

‘Late Harvest’ was an afternoon of talks, activities and food to celebrate the studios 13 year long tenure in the building! The event took place in our newly refurbished project space and outdoors with gazebos for shelter displaying artist and alumna Sophie Giller’s colourful patchwork designs. This was followed by a party with DJs Feminem & Jonathan P. Watts and drinks as befits OTS tradition.
 
Since 2008 OTS has hosted hundreds of creatives through residencies and studio membership, with many artist-run initiatives tracing their origins to OTS. During Late Harvest we invited attendees to celebrate the events, relationships and projects that may not have taken form without OTS as a host. We reflected together on the building itself – as a body that has sustained us – while its future is increasingly uncertain. Through this event we hope that we can initiate a future vision where the OTS community may inhabit new spaces, harnessing the potential of this change to sow the seed of new relationships.
 
Reviews and writing about Late Harvest:

Late Harvest Review – Paul Paschal

Turning the Soil Blog Post – DARP

Daytime Activities:
‘Alternative Well Dressing’
For this family friendly activity we  adapted the Derbyshire tradition of well dressing. Creating vibrant patterns using autumn blooms to adorn the OTS yard bar for the party in the evening.
 
‘Turning the Soil’
Roundtable discussion with local artist-leds, facilitated by Sean Cummins and Effy Harle. Participating guests include members of Chaos Magic, DARP, Four/Four, Gasleak Mountain, Kühle Wampe and Mansions of the Future.
Artist-led initiatives have long been part of the fibre of OTS. Following this tradition, in Turning the soil we reflected on the dynamic ways cultural institutions, however big or small, have to shapeshift and adapt while navigating the changing nature of our cities. Hibernating, resetting, even dissolving are part of cultural composting. Turning the soil gave all of us a moment to take stock and to jumpstart the conversation about our shared future in Nottingham and beyond.
 
‘Historic Building Tour’
Here we joined artist Kathryn Cooper to learn about the area and the OTS building, which over its hundred year history has hosted several of Nottingham’s iconic industries. Initially playing a part in the city’s textile production, it later became part of the Boots Island Site before being converted to artist studios in 2008.
 
‘Leomi Sadler’s Publication Fair and OTS Artists’ Stall’

Studio holder Leomi Sadler hosted a wide spanning publication fair ‘Famicon Express / Mould Map and Global Colleagues’ featuring: Landfill Editions, Decadence Comics, Bonehouse Books, Les Lilas (Blessure Magazine), Megapress, Han Teng / Aushan, Russell Maurice, Coco Palluck, Noel Freibert, Hardeep Pandhal, Horfee and many more…

This ran alongside a sale of print editions, original works, homeware and more from OTS Studio Holders

 
‘Open Studios’
 To shift into our night time events the community opened up their studios to the public, allowing people to get a glimpse at the variety of practices taking place in the building. Visitors were encouraged to explore the building, where artists were on hand to talk about their work, or just say hello.

 

Late Harvest was co-produced alongside Effy Harle, and featured the design work of Saria Digregorio

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Arit Etukudo Residency

During July and August  OTS hosted Arit Etukudo for a production bursary, in the run up to her first solo UK exhibition ‘The Christening’ at New Art Exchange

Whilst in residence Arit developed a series of resin casts with the assistance of studio holder & art technician. These formed the basis of a mixed media video installation which was ‘inspired by a moment where the artist nearly drowned in a swimming pool and experienced an extreme state of solitude which was confirmed as she reached the surface of the water, as her family did not notice her drowning. The work is a metaphor to existential questions, specifically from the experience of a queer black woman. Consequently, her work overemphasises her presence and stamp on this world through the overrepresentation of her body.’.

Arit Emmanuela Etukudo is a Nigerian-American experimental storyteller whose practice focuses on the ideas of identity and life experience. She recreates the human body in various sculptural forms to symbolize the complexity of identity and tell the stories of the ways in which the black woman’s body is allowed to exist. She has a background in filmmaking, theatre, creative writing, and photography which she combines to create image heavy installation pieces.

The Production Residency was awarded as part of New Art Exchange’s NAE Open 2019, and ran with the support of New Art Exchange. 

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3 Animates

Studio Holder Leomi Sadler is proud to present an exclusive presentation of exciting artworks by the wickedly talented:

Hardeep Pandhal, Stefan Sadler and David Steans: 3 Animates

12-27th June 2021

Basic Questions:
Have you ever seen an image move on its own? No.
Have you ever seen a drawing come to life before your very eyes? No.
Is this the magic of animation? Yes.

The Gallery will be open 12-6pm on weekends, or by appointment during the week. On Thursday 17th the show will be open in the evening to coincide with the opening of Continued Existence by Faye Rita Robinson at Gasleak Mountain, also at One Thoresby Street. 

Unfortunately, the attic gallery is not accessible by wheelchair as it is up several flights of stairs. We apologise for the exclusion this causes and in future we hope to be able to set up a gallery with the appropriate accessibility. An online screener is available to those who are unable to visit. Please email leomisadler@gmail.com for appointments and further info.

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OTS Christmas Raffle

For Christmas 2020 held a Raffle of works from some of our studio holders and friends! We had everything from paintings and prints, to homeware and clothing. We wanted to make some great works as accessible to as many people as possible, so tickets cost just £2.50 each. 
 
On the 23rd a live draw for all the prizes took place on Instagram, with hosting and assistance from the wonderful Ellen Angus, Claudia Cumberbatch Chedzoy, Harry Freestone & Leomi Sadler

Raising over £1,500, the proceeds of the raffle were split, with a portion being donated to Juno Women’s Aid, a Nottingham charity working to support women, children and teens affected by domestic abuse, and a portion going to maintenance and improvements around the building here at OTS.

Participants included:
Ellen Angus – @ellen.angus
Kathryn Cooper – @essentialserviceagram
Sean Cummins – @seancumminsart
Blue Firth – @dohmshop
Katharina Fitz – @katharina_fitz
Lynn Fulton – @lynncfulton
Katie Gillies – @ktgillies_surfacedesign
Adam Grainger – @a.grngr
Freddy Griffiths – @freddy.griffiths
Chloë Laycock – @chloemaylaycock
Sophie Mackfall – @sophiemackfall
Catherine Masters – @renie__m
Leomi Sadler – @leomi_leon_sadler
James E Smith – @jamesedwardsmith
Adam Peter Smith – @adampetersmithmusic
Matt Woodham – @mattwoodham
 
Raffle Organisation & Admin: Harry Freestone & Adam Grainger

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Leomi Sadler Lecture

Artist and OTS Studio Holder Leomi Sadler has made their lecture as part of Grad Assembly, our 2020 graduate project, available to view online! Two hours of insights and joy great for graduates and established artists.

View Here

From Leomi: ‘Hayy if you want some background noise I added the recent cheerleader lecture thing I did for 2020 NTU fine art graduates via the One Thoresby Street mentoring scheme. It’s on soundcloud and YouTube if you just search for “Leomi Sadler” it should come up. Don’t take it too seriously now 🧸 it’s a gift 🎁 feel inspired and let your imagination fly out the window ✨’

 

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GRAD ASSEMBLY

One Thoresby Street presents ‘Grad Assembly’ an online exhibition and post graduate project for 2020 graduates of the NTU Fine Art course. Project Participants are:

 

Alex Lennox-Warburton

Amy Walker

Ant Clee

Becky Greensides

Jenna Harris

Lina Vourlou

 

A mixture of online exhibition, mentoring programme, and social media residency, the project is a platform to support graduates’ emergence into the art world outside of university, with a focus on the particular difficulties faced during the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19.

‘Grad Assembly’ centres around an online exhibition in January 2021. The exhibition will present work that has been developed over the course of the project, with each graduate liaising with a curator and web developer to create a unique page which will serve as a reflection of their work and interests, embracing the possibilities presented when working in the virtual realm. 

Project participants will have access to a series of mentoring and development opportunities, facilitated by several of the artists from the OTS community, taking the form of 1-2-1 tutorials, discussions and talks facilitated over Zoom. Artists will also take part in group crits around the development of their work and their plans for the exhibition as the project progresses. 

In parallel to the online exhibition being live, project participants will be given access to One Thoresby Street’s social media to share their practices with our audience. This will be a chance for graduates to put themselves out there to a wider audience that might have missed them without this years degree show. Keep your eyes peeled!

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