Curating: In Nothing Flat

November 3, 2017

News, Projects

I had the pleasure of co-curating the exhibition In Nothing Flat with Mark Devereux at Old Granada Studios. The exhibition marks the end of StudioBook programme and features the work of twelve participating artists.

In Nothing Flat

Old Granada Studios, Studio 2: 4 – 15 November 2017 | Preview: 3 November, 6-9pm

Mark Devereux Projects presents In Nothing Flat a group exhibition at Old Granada Studios featuring work by twelve ambitious artists from across the UK. Spanning painting, sculpture and performance work, the exhibition marks the culmination of StudioBook: Mark Devereux Projects’ intensive eight-month long artist development programme.

Taking place at the iconic Old Granada Studios, at the heart of the new St John’s creative district, In Nothing Flat brings together new and recent work by: Anna ColumbineCharlie FranklinClare HoldstockClaire TindaleElizabeth KwantJilly MorrisLada WilsonLibby ScarlettLucy May SchofieldMandy PayneSusan Gunn and Suzanne O’Haire.

Many of the exhibited works reflect the exciting developments that have occurred within the artist’s respective practices since the beginning of StudioBook. Others have chosen to revisit previous works, testing out ambitious methods of display or adding new elements.

“Over the last 8 months Mark Devereux Projects has been proud to support and work with each of the 12 artists selected for the second StudioBook programme. Feedback from both participants and speakers during the programme has been excellent and we look forward to working with each of these artists in the future. In Nothing Flat brings together the work of these exciting artists for the first time within an exhibition context and strongly connects with the creative spirit fuelling the exciting Enterprise City UK development.” – Mark Devereux, Director, Mark Devereux Projects.

‘We’ve been consistently impressed by the calibre of work produced by Mark Devereux Projects and are really proud to support the StudioBook programme. The programme aims to help artists progress their careers through knowledge-sharing, and exploring the opportunities that come through professionalising and expanding their practice. This makes a perfect expression of the big ambitions of ECUK, St John’s, which we hope will become a nurturing home for emerging talent and creative enterprise in the region’. – Katie Popperwell, Cultural Director, St John’s

In Nothing Flat will feature the launch of Mandy Payne’s newly commissioned work for the University of Salford Art Collection. Following on from her recent project based around the iconic Park Hill estate in Sheffield, Payne was awarded the £2,000 StudioBook commission for her proposal to make a new painting considering the recent impacts the tragic Grenfell Tower incident has had upon Salford’s growing housing developments. The work will enter into the University Art Collection following the exhibition.

StudioBook is produced by Mark Devereux Projects and supported by Arts Council England, ECUK, St John’s, University of Salford, University of Salford Art Collection, a-n and Manchester Art Gallery.

Accompanying event

Artist talks
Saturday 4 November | 11.00am-4.00pm | Studio 2, Old Granada Studios | Free, drop-in
Hear this year’s StudioBook artists discuss their work and reflect on their StudioBook experiences and how it has impacted their practice. Refreshments provided.



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