Internal Nebular

1 — 24 Sep ‘17


From the archive

Haarlem Artspace Podcast

Dorothy Cross

Alastair Mackie

Liz Orton

Harlem Artspace presents Internal Nebular, curated by Liv Penrose Punnett, exhibited during the Wirksworth Festival 2017. It is part of a programme of events comprised of a seminar during the Festival and a session of 4 further talks that ran until February. The show continues on from Haarlem Artspace’s last curation for the Wirksworth Festival by Geoff Diego Litherland, which included the work of Dermot Punnett, Liv Penrose Punnett, Peter Matthews, Mariele Neudecker, Katja Hock and Wolfgang Buttress.

The exhibition explored the clandestine nature of geological time and the crystalline structures it forms, as well as connecting to the history of stone that is such an integral part of the Derbyshire landscape and identity. The works deal with the natural world and have a reverence towards it, whilst being sited firmly in a contemporary understanding of the ground beneath our feet.

The exhibition included: a large video installation work by Dorothy Cross, titled Stalactite, featuring a chorister and a Stalactite in the depths of a cave; photo works by artist Liz Orton from ‘The Connection Should Make us Suspect’ and Epitaph by Alastair Mackie, a screen-printed panel of pigment formed of sandstone rock dust, taken from the quarry at nearby Hardwick Hall (commissioned originally to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Robert Smythson and the men who built Hardwick Hall).

Internal Nebular exhibited on the 1st of September for a private view 6–9pm and during the Wirksworth Festival weekends 9–10th September 2017 from 10–4pm and 16 & 17th September 2017.

Wirksworth Festival from 8-24th September 2017, Wirksworth comes alive with art of every shape and size. The Art & Architecture Trail (9-10th September) saw homes and public spaces become galleries to over 120 artists and the Curated Exhibition (9, 10, 16 & 17 Sept), Veneer, was put together by artists and researchers Louisa Chambers and Emily Strange. The Festival fortnight continued with a programme of dance, music and theatre along with a range of workshops and other events. For more information and to see the full programme go to

Internal Nebular / Veneer Seminar & Talks

Saturday 16th September 2017 : 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This session of talks featured presentations and discussions with artists and curators examining diverse themes and utilising the current discourse in contemporary art. Haarlem Artspace provides a space for knowledge exchange, encourages cross-fertilization of ideas and collaborations.

Louisa Chambers & Emily Strange - Veneer

Curators talked on the Wirksworth Festival Parish Room exhibition.

Louisa Chambers has been developing a series of paintings that focus on a simple folded form and how a folded shape can be transfigured from a temporary structure into a flat two-dimensional space. These works are part of on-going research into depiction and visual perception on two and three dimensional surfaces.

Emily Strange makes reference to impossible structures through drawing, with a special interest in the architecture of failed utopian Modernist projects. Her research explores drawing as a fictional, propositional space that nevertheless alludes to reality through its utility in the service of architectural design.

Penny McCarthy - My Fakes and Counterfeits

Presented on on-going work which examined the archaeology of the facsimile.

Penny McCarthy is a Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She began her career as a Henry Moore Fellow in Drawing. Her work has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and AHRC and exhibited extensively including: Ulysse(s): L’autre mer, Fonds Régionale d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Rennes, France, Nothing is Forever at South London Gallery and Material Truths at Site Gallery, Sheffield. Her picture essay Time will darken paper was commissioned for Esopus (New York) issue 21, 2014. Mirror, an essay reflecting on the relations between memory and making, is included in the book Memories of the Future (pub. Peter Lang, June, 2017, eds. Deborah Jaffe and Stephen Wilson).

Dr Robert Burstow - Stone, landscape and Geology in Modern British Sculpture

Dr Robert Burstow is an academic researcher and author, an independent exhibition curator and a reader in History and Theory of Art at the University of Derby. His research focuses on the history and theory of 20th century British sculpture and his writings have been published in many academic books and journals, including, most recently, his essay ‘Geometries of Hope and Fear: the Iconography of Atomic Science and Nuclear Anxiety in the Sculpture of World-War and Cold-War Britain’ in British Art in the Nuclear Age (Ashgate, 2014).

Wolfgang Buttress 26th October 2017

Wolfgang Buttress is an award-winning artist working with public space. He creates elegant and contextually rich public artworks, which seek to define and highlight our relationship to the natural world.

Danica Maier 30th November 2017

Exploring dualities of material and site Danica Maier’s work uses site-specific installations and events to explore ideas of expectations of site, traditional values, ‘women’s work’ and labour. Maier is interested in manipulating a location’s expected function and pushing beyond the original intentions such as; home/gallery, village notice board/exhibition venue, model space/public artwork site, domestic/institutional space. Using the site as a starting point, materials and events work towards a collapse of historical time through nostalgia for a past that never existed, contradictions of usual everyday events or subtle interventions in unexpected locations.

Aidan Shingler 25th January 2018

Aidan is the creator of StarDisc, a 21st century stone circle and amphitheatre in Wirksworth. “It inspires, entertains, engages and is a highly valued community asset, educational resource and performance space. StarDisc has attracted tens of thousands of visitors and staged numerous exciting events.” As an important sculpture and rural site in Wirksworth, Star Disc is another of Haarlem Artspace’s Associated Businesses. Aidan is happy to mentor, meet with and host Resident Artists from Haarlem at the Star disk.

Dr Tim Shephard 22nd February

Dr Tim Shephard is a historical musicologist, academic researcher and author. Tim was appointed Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Sheffield in 2012, following posts at the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford. Tim is interested in musical cultures of the past (most research has been set in Renaissance Italy), personal identity as a way of communicating messages about oneself, and as a tool of statecraft. Tim is known as an expert in the relationship between music and visual culture (painting, sculpture, book illustration, and all the discussion surrounding them).…

During the Wirksworth Festival Trails Weekend, 9-10th September, Haarlem Artspace was a trail venue open to the public, this showcased our studio holders’ work, and our first Artist in Residence.

J M F Casey

JMF Casey (b. 1981) studied illustration at the Kent Institute of Art and Design before moving to London where he has exhibited extensively. Currently based in Gent, Belgium, having recently completed his Masters at KASK School of Art.

Stalactite film still by Dorothy Cross curtesy of Frith Street Gallery
Dorothy Cross Stalactite, Photo credit Chris Webb curtesy of Frith Street Gallery
Stalactite film still by Dorothy Cross curtesy of Frith Street Gallery
Dorothy Cross Stalactite, Photo credit Chris Webb curtesy of Frith Street Gallery
Stalactite film still by Dorothy Cross curtesy of Frith Street Gallery
Dorothy Cross Stalactite, Photo credit Chris Webb curtesy of Frith Street Gallery
View of Alastair Mackie, Epitaph 2
Liz Orton, The Connection Should Make us Suspect, Photo Collage
Liz Orton, The Connection Should Make us Suspect, Photo Collage
Pearl Diver drawing by Penny McCarthy