What Shall We Do Now?
professional development residencies

Surface Gallery is proud to present its first professional development residency programme. What Shall We Do Now? comprises eight recent graduates, from Lincoln, Loughborough and Sheffield Hallam University who have been given the gallery space for a four week period. The gallery will first be used as a working studio space for the artists to create their works and then as an exhibition space showcasing their final pieces.

This new programme is designed to support recent graduates by offering access to a space to develop new ideas alongside the curatorial, technical and marketing assistance of the gallery staff. It also allows the public a chance to see behind the scenes of the making of an exhibition while maintaining a dialogue between the artist and their audience.

What Shall We Do Now? is the question on the very lips of the artists as they commence their works on Monday 25 June. The gallery will be in a constant state of evolution, as ideas are gradually transformed into reality.

The exhibition is diverse and displays the dexterity and dynamism of the artists' individual work. Jack Fabian explores the structures in our world which affect our emotional responses to the spaces around us. Cynthia Harrison reifies what is immaterial, using drawing to fill the gap where language fails and expressing emotions that cannot be out into words. Andrew Tebbs examines the inconsistencies and fallibility of the process of remembering, in particular the way we fill those memory voids with a rich milieu of mementos and Michelle Vesey uses computer programmes to manipulate audience perception of a series of ominous identities. Alan Armstrong litters the gallery with once discarded, mass produced, ornamental birds, while George Hardy experiments with ideas of custody and possession of original pieces of work. Steven Bradley and Beth Pearson, in their collaborative piece, question of scientific claims to truth when information is transported and translated via modern media technologies.

The gallery sees the residencies as a way of supporting the professional development of emerging graduates. What they do now is up to them.