NN Contemporary Art

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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

House-Warming Weekend Opening times:
Thurs: 6pm–9pm
Friday: 11am–6pm
Saturday: 11am–6pm
Sunday: 2pm–5pm

Closed: Monday–Wednesday

Admission charges


Getting there

Rail: Northampton

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Claire Jarvis, 'Ouroboros', 2015, Oil on Canvas, 30.5 x 33cm

Claire Jarvis

  • 11 March — 1 May 2016 *on now

Opening night 11 March 2016, 6–8pm

Often highlighting an almost perverse obsession with surface and proximity, Claire Jarvis’ practice explores themes of hygiene, waste, sustenance and consumerism, bending the relationship between fact and fiction.

For Claire, our surroundings are just a particular arrangement of ‘stuff’– hundreds and millions of Things – some static, some in motion. Becoming overwhelmed by the quantities of even the most unremarkable ‘stuff’ and their day-to-day significance within routine and structure, Claire documents and transcribes the sea of everyday objects through her hyperrealist paintings to describe a personal psychological journey experienced in digesting the gaze of the everyday mundane. These building blocks are obsessively documented, studied and transcribed through oil on canvas, to the point where they grow to take on a hallucinatory and surreal journey of her imagination. These incorporate phobias and fantasies brought on by the boredom of the paintings’ lengthy process and rigid constraints of everyday living.

This new body of work is being presented for the first time at NN. Many of the objects depicted in her paintings have undergone an uncanny treatment inspired by Claire’s role as a parent, such as monumental, towering stacks of Dairylea triangles or a lonely, abandoned crisp packet. Structure, repetition, the unknown, penetration, sinking, towering, consuming, exhaustion, proximity and fragility are all key elements within this work.

About the artist:

Claire Jarvis works and lives in Northampton. Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2009 she has since gone on to become an associate Lecturer at The University of Northampton. Claire has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won various awards including The Stanley Smith Scholarship (2007), runner up for the Gordon Loot Award for Fine Art (2009) and first prize in painting from NDFAS (2005).



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
From Art To Commerce

From Art To Commerce

  • 4 May 2016 7-9pm
  • 1 June 2016 7-9pm

Wednesday 6 April 2016, 7–9pm / How you can manage multiple priorities
Wednesday 4 May 2016, 7–9pm / Your brand – writing a narrative for your work
Wednesday 1 June 2016, 7–9pm / Getting started – funding routes

These two-hour sessions are led by NN’s Development Director Tracey Clarke. These workshops are business support sessions for those wanting to turn their creative ideas into viable businesses. For further information contact Tracey at Tracey@NNContemporaryArt.org.

T: 01604 638944
E: info@nncontemporaryart.org
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Getting there

Rail: Northampton

NN Contemporary Art
Number Nine Guildhall Road,






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01604 638944

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