UK Young Artists City Takeover: Nottingham 2019

7 Feb 2019 – 13 Feb 2019

Event times

Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday- Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

Cost of entry

Free Entry: All Welcome

Surface Gallery

Nottingham, United Kingdom


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Surface Gallery is excited to welcome UK Young Artists who will deliver an innovative show of contemporary artwork from national and international artists as part of a city-wide event across Nottingham.


Melissa Beardmore / Charlie Birtles / Lorenza Demata / Hannah Fletcher / Thomas Franzoni / Colette Griffin /  Chaz Howkins / Yewon Lee / HyeJoo Moon / Sabi Nicholson / Demi Overton / Amelia Seren Roberts / Gwenllian Spink / Danni Spooner / Zala Zagoršek

UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19 will bring together over 250 national and international artists from 25 countries. Organised by national charity UK Young Artists (UKYA) - who champion the next generation of creativity by supporting and developing the careers of artists aged 18-30 - the first UKYA City Takeover will immerse visitors in an array of extraordinary, innovative and contemporary work. Over seven days, 100 events will take place, including exhibitions, installations and performances, animating cultural spaces and unusual places across Nottingham.

At Surface Gallery, 15 artists from the UK Young Artist Takeover will occupy both spaces.  In the Main Gallery, process and routine informs the work of many artists, with a central focus on manipulation and tactility of material. Expect to encounter large-scale sculptural works that defy form and playfully question reality. Gwenllian Spink’s salt dough, foam and acrylic nails-composed Shapeshifter II hangs majestically from the ceiling; whilst Colette Griffin’s Past Her combines powder coated steel and handmade pasta exploring the relationship between industry and the home. In the Project Space, work presented explores identity, gender and its relationship to both private and public spheres. Peer underneath the lids of toilet seats in Chaz Howkins’ Don’t Linger; immerse yourself in glitter and bananas in Danni Spooner’s Pinkjam; and see a snapshot of an LGBT party at a tiny bar in Northern Ireland in Sabi Nicholson’s Hell Hole.


UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19 will be one of the largest biennial events to be held in the UK with over 100 free performances, exhibitions and participatory events, plus five new public engagement commissions. Full programme of events now live at:



UKYA’s Instagram is highlighting an artist from the City Takeover everyday until the opening in February @ukyoungartists


Meet the Artists
Saturday 9th February, 2pm-4pm

Visitors will have the opportunity to drop in and meet the showcasing artists.  


Opening Night
Thursday 7th February, 6-8pm

UKYA City Takeover opens in both the Main Gallery and Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar, with a range of ales provided by local brewery, Pheasantry.


As a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England, the City Takeover is funded and supported by Arts Council England, as well as De Montfort, Nottingham Trent, Derby and Lincoln Universities. The City Takeover is made possible through the support of partners in the city, including Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Transport and Intu Nottingham.

Surface Gallery
16 Southwell Road

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