Friday, 31 August 2012

World Event Young Artists @ Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (7-15 Sept))

World Event Young Artists (WEYA) is the first of its kind and will take place in the cultural city of Nottingham, England in September 2012. This global event will showcase a selection of the best international creative talent, across a spectrum of artforms, in one city, providing an opportunity for 1000 artists from 100 nations to join together and share their creativity on an international platform. The World Event will be a chance for international exchange on a global scale, bringing the city to life; it is as much about intercultural dialogue across political borders as it is about the practice of young artists.

This unique combination of factors will ensure an unforgettable experience for all who take part and its audiences. Its public programme and web resources will offer space for collaborative development, workshops, debates and symposiums across a mixture of structured and informal settings. Artists will take part in workshops and interactive engaging sessions which will be delivered by an exciting range of creative individuals and artform specialists, exclusively tailored for young artists of the 21st century.

This once in a lifetime event will thrive on discussion and collaboration with like minded artistic talents from across the globe and aims to encourage future partnerships.

World Event Young Artists 2012 is hosted by UK Young Artists and supported by Arts Council England, Cultural Olympiad East Midlands, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council.

Friday 7th September 2012 - 10:00 - Sunday 16th September 2012 - 18:00

As part of the WEYA exhibitions and events, NTU’s Bonington building will be hosting a variety of visual arts, moving image, jewellery and fashion. We will be presenting 42 international and national artists, including selected recent graduates of BA (Hons) Fine Art and Photography from NTU.

Ira Skopljak - Bosnia
Nelisa Bazdar - Bosnia
Fabricio Lopez - Brazil
Laura Sanz - Brazil
Kim Hak - Cambodia
Samuel Mercure - Canada
Bingbing Cheng - China
Yao Liang - China
Jiang Luo - China
Jingjing Jia - China
Yan Jin - China
Yanwei Gong - China
Naoki Miyasaka - Japan
Anastasiya Markelova - Russia
Questal Tay - Singapore
Julia Castaño - Spain
Aimee Betts - UK
Farniyaz Zaker - UK
Grace Page - UK
Liz West - UK
Nicholas William Hughes - UK
Rob Reed - UK
Tom De Freston - UK
Diego Andres Peña Gonzalez - Uruguay
Hui Luo - China
Alice Gale Feeny - UK
Alice Georgina Thickett - UK
Laura Jane Blake - UK
Jelena Kostica - Serbia
Yixuan Chen - China
Katie Colclough - UK
Paul B Johnson - UK
Sarah Barber - UK
Rui Wang - China
Mohanakrishnan Haridasan - India
Tarek Korkomoz - Lebanon
Paola Valeria Montoya - Mexico
Juan Manuel Calvo -Spain
Emily Macinnes - UK
Marcelo Pérez del Carpìo - Bolivia
Qianru Wang - China
Studio Azzurro/Ramona Zordini - Italy

Housed within the School of Art and Design is the Bonington Gallery, one of the foremost spaces for contemporary art in the Midlands. The School presents a number of exhibitions throughout the year as part of a comprehensive programme of visual arts and design events. Exhibitors include national and international artists and designers, current students and staff from within the University and NTU alumni. Exhibitions are also presented in the impressive atrium of the Bonington Building which houses the school and gallery.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Summer Newsletter


I would like to start by thanking everyone for their support towards my first major solo exhibition Chroma, which took place at BLANKSPACE in Manchester over the month of July. An overwhelming number of people attended the exhibition and related events including the preview and artist talk. If you missed it, images of the work can be seen on my website over the next few weeks. Alternatively you can take a look on my Flickr page.

I was so glad to be given the opportunity to make three new ambitious site-specific works within the gallery. Thanks to Mark Devereux for curating the exhibition, Arts Council England and all those that supported my crowd funding project.

There are only a few limited edition Chroma exhibition catalogues left which can be purchased for £10 through my website or by clicking HERE.

Below is a quick update of various exhibitions and events that I am involved with in next few months. Exciting times ahead!




The Independent on Sunday

I am very excited to tell you that my entire series of six Trolley photographs will feature in The Independent on Sunday Magazine this week (26 August). Holly Williams’ article Young, Gifted and British offers a sneak preview of some of the best home-grown talent taking part in World Event Young Artists next month in Nottingham.

Williams writes, “…More cheerful are Liz West’s images. A tutor at Glasgow School of Art once told her that every photographic slide should look “like a jewel” – and hers certainly shine brightly. This is serious colour-blocking: the 27-year-old contrasts different masses of uniformly hued objects in a supermarket to make an aesthetic experience out of a consumerist chore.”


World Event Young Artists

Exhibition runs from 7th - 15th September

I shall be participating in World Event Young Artists 2012 taking place across venues in Nottingham. My work will be exhibited in Nottingham Trent University’s Bonington Gallery.

World Event Young Artists is the very first event of its kind to take place. It is an exciting occasion bringing together and celebrating the talent and artistic excellence of young people from across the globe. In September 2012 World Event for Young Artists will bring a staggering 1,000 young artists (18 – 30 years) from 120 nations to Nottingham. Over a period of 10 days, artists will bring the city to life with creative activity across all art forms including visual arts, music and gastronomy. These artists will have the chance to showcase their practice, exchange ideas and build future collaborations.

Bonington Gallery
Nottingham Trent University
Bonington building
Dryden Street


International Association of Quantum Artists
Beyond the Material World
Exhibition runs from 20th October – 3rd November

The IAQA is a contemporary art collective exploring the idea of artistic visions which intuitively reach beyond this three-dimensional, material world to explore alternative possible realities through taking a positive approach. This collective are pleased to announce their first exhibition at Bar Lane Gallery in York. The show will explore the statement Beyond the Material World and aims to be inspirational and encouraging others to reach out towards a more positive and sustainable future.

Works featured will move away from dominating fixed theories and measures of conventional science. We are taking the view that art can be viewed as a platform for multiple expressions of social ideals; where art and science co-exist harmoniously. The exhibition strives to have a holistic and egalitarian approach which asks all who participate how we can construct a new outcome or world view together. The works considered provide positive, awe inspiring futures rather than promoting any apocalyptical visions.

Bar Lane Studios
150 Micklegate
City Centre


Rogue Open Studios

Launch 28th September. Continues 29th – 30th September.

It is my pleasure to invite you to this year’s Open Studios at Rogue Artists Studios in Manchester. Join me for the opening night and continuing over the whole weekend. Open Studios allows you a peek behind the doors (or curtains) of artists at work.

Once a year Rogue opens it’s doors to the public in it’s Open Studios event inviting fellow artists, curators and the general public to access all areas of the studios while affording members an opportunity to exhibit and offer work for sale.

This year's Rogue Open Studios is over the weekend of September 29th/30th with the opening party on Friday September 28th from 6-9pm. Opening hours over the weekend are 12pm-5pm Saturday and 12pm-4pm Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Rogue Artists' Studios & Project Space
66-72 Chapeltown Street
M1 2WH