Harlem Artspace presents, Internal Nebular, curated by Olivia M Punnett, to be 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 running 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, Olivia Punnett, Peter Matthews, Mariele Neudecker, Katja Hock, and Wolfgang Buttress.
The exhibition will explore the clandestine nature of geological time and the crystalline structures it forms, as well as connecting to the history of stone that is such a part of the Derbyshire landscape and Identity. The works all 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 will include: 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 Upset’. 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 will be exhibited on the 1st of September for a private view 6–9pm, and during the Wirksworth Festival weekends 9–10 September, 2017 10–4pm and 16 & 17th September 2017 Wirksworth Festival From 8 - 24 September 2017 Wirksworth comes alive with art of every shape and size. The Art & Architecture Trail (9 -10 September) sees homes and public spaces become galleries to over 120 artists and this year’s Curated Exhibition (9,10, 16 & 17 Sept), Veneer, has been put together by artists and researchers Louisa Chambers and Emily Strange. The Festival fortnight continues 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 www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk
Internal Nebular / Veneer Seminar & Talks
Saturday 16th September 2017 : 1:00pm – 5:00pm
This session of talks will feature 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 talk 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
Penny McCarthy - My Fakes and Counterfeits
Presenting on on-going work examining 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
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 locations 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 Art space’s Associated Businesses. Aidan is happy to mentor, meet with and host resident
Artist 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’s Interested is 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, 9-10 September Haarlem Artspace will be a trail
venue open to the public, showcasing 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.
Other Studio Holders Include: