NN is a contemporary art space in the centre of Northampton. We work with artists at all stages of their careers to present an international programme of contemporary art and multi-disciplinary events. We moved from our previous home at Fishmarket to become NN at Number Nine Guildhall Road in 2012 where as well as exhibitions we house artist studios, project space, education projects and cafe.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
House-Warming Weekend Opening times:
- 6 June — 2 August 2015 *on now
Opening night: 5 June 2015 from 6pm
6 June – 2 August 2015
The internet, freedom to travel and a cultural history of looking beyond country borders has led to recent generations of Polish artists engaging with international imagery and discourse.
The artists in this small group show, each reflect elements of global art history and contemporary critical theory. This exhibition brings work by emerging artists based in Poland to Northampton at a time when the town is home to the largest Polish population in the region.
Brud is an artist-run initiative established by Aditya Mandayam & Ada Pola. Based in Warsaw, they consider themselves as a stage for the arts, hosting performances, talks, curating projects and creating work. For Poland International they are presenting Kurz: Hand Book, an excerpt from a series of three books by the artists Evil Krow and Ada Pola and inspired by Desiderius Eramus’ Copia (1512).
Agata Kleczkowska lives and works in Warsaw. Agata Kleczkowska is predominantly a painter working with oil on canvas but also works with mixed media and embroidery. Her imagery ranges from mountains to wolves, tigers and other beasts, hands, cubes, triangles with graphic, angular colour and overlays of arrows, dots and symbols.
Festen by Wojtek Doroszuk takes as its inspiration the paintings of the 17th century Flemish animalist artists, such as Frans Snyder, Jan and Ferdinand Van Kessel combined with post humanistic experimentation to envisage a future world in which the human has disappeared.
Magda Magdziarz, like Agata, uses boldly graphic forms in her work but takes a more abstract approach to her painting. A geometric form may resemble a quartered constructivist head wearing a hat but a fluid flourish of paint disrupts its plane or creates a backdrop. Her palette ranges from primary, bold blocks to tertiary and earthy tones, frames, grids and interrupting flourishes.
Poland International will screen Gregor Rozanski‘s BLUE (#3B5998)2012.
This project is based upon Derek Jarman’s 1993 film Blue. In Gregor’s work, Jarman’s Yves Klein inspired shade of blue is replaced by Facebook’s colour palette (#3B599 RGb 59, 89, 152) which Gregor has renamed International Facebook Blue. The film’s soundtrack is a reconceptualisation of the original screenplay with a text generated by an artificial English voice simulator.
Admission is free
More information on the project and information about NN can be found at: www.nncontemporaryart.org
- Any age
Vertigo: Heike Gallmeier
- 22 August — 4 October 2015
This summer NN Contemporary Art will be hosting an exhibition of new work by Berlinbased artist Heike Gallmeier entitled Vertigo.
Gallmeier takes us through her journey from Berlin to Northampton with an assortment of collected materials used to create various installations en route.
Using a transport van as a small mobile studio, Heike Gallmeier travelled, worked and lived in the van for ten days, avoiding main roads and collecting discarded objects and materials on the way.
Alongside the mobile studio cube and an installation of the collected objects, the artist shows complex staged photographs.
Heike Gallmeier creates sculptural constellations based on art-historical imagery. Her works reconstruct pictoral spaces from old paintings into spatial and abstract compositional structures. Gallmeier’s pictorial exploration leads her from the twodimensional painting, to the three-dimensional sculptural installation and from there back to the two-dimensional picture for her works that take photographic form as their final appearance; the picture-based sculpture repeats a painting and the photographed sculpture repeats the repetition.
Gallmeier’s three dimensional works are comprised of found objects and architectural elements. Each element is devoid of autonomy, validated through the systematic, pictorial arrangement and from the relationship with the other elements in space. Gallmeier’s installations are like optical devices, or spatial viewing diagrams.The predetermination of the found material corresponds to the predetermination of the art-historical imagery.
The found elements are parallel to the found art-historical images whose pictorial spaces they reconstruct. Gallmeier’s oscillation between two and three dimensions blurs the difference between actual space and illusional space, between pictorial representation and sculptural representation and between the architectural and the speculative. This project is part of NN’s Ways to think about diaspora season and inspired by the German population of Northampton.
Vertigo follows Poland International and Yael Bartana’s And Europe Will be Stunned .
Vertigo runs concurrently with the offsite project Filaments from the Dandelion Clock .
More information on the project and information about NN can be found at: www.nncontemporaryart.org.
About the artist: Born in Berlin in 1972, Heike Gallmeier studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Mainz and finished her studies in the master class of the sculpture department at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee. She has exhibited internationally and received awards and stipends of Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Senate of Berlin, Goethe Institut and Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice.
- Any age
- 31 July 2015 8-10pm
31 July 2015, 8pm
NN & NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
A social night to bring together anyone and everyone working in the creative sector across Northamptonshire.
Artists, designers, filmmakers, theatre - come along for a drink and meet people in the salubrious setting of NN Café and a late night opening of New Life exhibition.
CALL FOR IMAGES: we are looking for artists and filmmakers to contribute jpegs and short films for us to project as a backdrop for the event, email info@NNContemporaryArt.org.
T: 01604 638944
Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned
- 7 August 2015 7-9:30pm
7 August 2015, 7pm
NN Contemporary Art is hosting a special screening of Yael Bartana’s trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned on 7 August 2015, 7pm.
The three films, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) 2007, Mur i Wieza (Wall and Tower) 2009 and Zamach (Assassination) 2011, explore a complicated set of social and political relationships among Jewish people, Poles and other Europeans in the age of globalisation.
Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like 'homeland', 'return' and 'belonging'.
Bartana investigates these through the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state. In her Israeli projects, The artist dealt with the impact of war, military rituals and a sense of threat on every-day life.
Between 2006 and 2011, the artist was working in Poland, creating the trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity, which premiered at the Polish pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Admission is free but booking essential:
From Art To Commerce
- 5 September — 3 October 2015
5 September 2015, 11am–1pm
3 October 2015, 11am–1pm
From Art To Commerce is a regular workshop at NN for artists and makers at all stages of their career. Run by NN’s Development Director Tracey Clarke, each session has a particular business focus from business modelling to marketing and finance.
For further information contact Tracey at Tracey@NNContemporaryArt.org
T: 01604 638944
- 17 October 2015 7-9pm
17 October 2015, 7pm
Write Club is for anyone wanting to brush up on their art writing from artist statements to critical texts, get together for peer critique over a coffee in the Café. This session will look at artist statement writing.
For further information contact Catherine Hemelryk,Catherine@NNContemporaryArt.org.
T: 01604 638944
- 24 October 2015 7-9pm
24 October 2015, 7pm
NN hosts the Crit Group for artists at all stages of their career to come together to discuss their work in progress.
Free, all welcome.
T: 01604 638944
Number Nine Guildhall Road,