Doug Fishbone transforms NAE's galleries into a playful environment, taking visitors on an amusing and thought-provoking journey as they navigate an artist-designed mini-golf course. The artists include: Turner Prize nominee, Yinka Shonibare MBE, John Akomfrah OBE, Hetain Patel, Yara El-Sherbini, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Lindsay Seers, Eyal Weizman, Reactor and Doug Fishbone himself. The installation uses the fun and accessible game of mini-golf as a powerful tool for questioning the leisure industry and society's compulsion for consumption whilst also addressing other important cultural topics from migration to global warming and globalisation. Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf was originally commissioned by EM15*, a collective of arts organisations from the East Midlands, for the #56 Venice Biennale.
Accompanying Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf is a presentation of Sunscreen, an online project of 40 digital artworks in the form of downloadable screensavers which visitors to the Sunscreen website are invited to select and install onto their own work stations for free. Conceived by Candice Jacobs, Sunscreen explores the role of the internet in both work and leisure. It considers how our tastes, aspirations and value systems are controlled through consumerism. Each of the 40 Sunscreen artists has a connection to the East Midlands region; click here for the full list.
*EM15, is a collective of arts organisations from the East Midlands comprising of New Art Exchange (Executive Producer), QUAD, One Thoresby Street and Beacon Art Project with support from Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.
A new hole by artist collective Reactor has been commisioned by The Grand Tour as part of the fringe programme. The Grand Tour reinterprets world class collections through contemporary art at four venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, with a fringe programme at other leading venues across the two regions. Season two, 17 March – 26 June 2016. Leisure Land Golf will also tour to QUAD (1 July – 4 September 2016)