Surface Matters

5 Mar 2020 – 7 Mar 2020

Regular hours

Thu, 05 Mar
18:30 – 21:00
Fri, 06 Mar
12:30 – 21:00
Sat, 07 Mar
12:30 – 18:00

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Surface Matters exhibits new works by seven UK based female artists exploring human connections to space, place and being, in a time increasingly characterised by separation and dislocation.


An exhibition exploring human connections to space, place and being.

Surface Matters interprets where we find ourselves situated physically, emotionally and culturally. Materiality and the act of making are key to decoding our surroundings and finding a greater sense of connection.

Showing works by artists Susannah Bolton | Clare French | Erin Hughes | Rhiannon Hunter | Rona Lee | Amy Leung | Alex Simpson.

Each artist uses matter to interrogate personal values and connect inner and outer experiences to give relevance to the unseen in a bid to slice through surface. Selected for their individual responses to physical typography, interior and exterior boundaries, the Anthropocene and social representation; their use of making to probe surface creates a dynamic framework for dialogue.

Collectively the works could be seen as attempts to reconcile and make visible that which binds, giving conscience to surfaces and exploring material identities through a female lens.

Preview: Thursday 5th March 6.30 - 09.00 pm

As part of the exhibition programme, on Friday 6th March 6.30 - 9.00 pm we are holding a free informal Reading Group to explore influential texts by Tim Ingold and David Harvey.

On Saturday 7th 2.00 - 4.00pm Surface Matters and artist Rhiannon Hunter invite you to explore representations of place in a practical free drop-in workshop using paper and collage.

All sessions are first come and are subject to capacity. 

Surface Matters is an explorative platform for peer to peer networking, critical debate and exhibitions for intergenerational female artists whose work utilises making and materiality.

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Surface Matters

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Erin Hughes

Amy Leung

Alexandra Simpson

Susannah Bolton

Rona Lee

Clare French

Rhiannon Hunter


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