30.5 – 13.6
Nicola Ellis, in conjunction with Mark Devereux
Projects (markdevereuxprojects.com), new works
created on site during a week’s residency at
ArcadeCardiff leading up to the show
Preview, 29.5, 6-8pm
Event, 30.5, see arcadecardiff.co.uk for details
More room for error is a touring exhibition of new works by artist Nicola Ellis examining the physical join between objects and the space they inhabit. Commissioned and curated by Mark Devereux Projects, the project will visit Arcadecardiff (Cardiff), &Model (Leeds) and Bloc Projects (Sheffield) in 2015.
In More room for error, Ellis looks at material components that are often intentionally hidden in structures and spaces. Exposing the weld or stitch between materials and highlighting their imperfections, her work questions underlying assumptions around the functions and roles of different objects and materials in architectural space.
Much of the works within the exhibitions are focused around Ellis’ investigations into metalworking, with a particular focus on welding steel. Ellis has studied, researched and learnt the industry standard rules, which she has then gone on to question, dissect and divert into a methodology for creating art works. The results of this investigation, mixed with acts of ‘play’ and interpretations of space, offer an opportunity for us to consider the relations between what is sculpture and what is structure.
Featuring work made over the last eighteen months, alongside pieces made in situ, More room for error is the largest exhibition of Ellis’ practice to date. Ellis will be in residence at each of the galleries prior to the launch of the exhibitions creating new work in response to the fabric of the space. The final exhibition at Bloc Projects in Sheffield will be centred on the city’s historic steel industry and the gallery’s previous usage as a grinding shed by Granton Knives who have been producing cutlery in Sheffield since 1601.
Complementing the exhibition, Mark Devereux Projects have commissioned a new publication featuring an essay by &Model Director Derek Horton and works made during the project.
More room for error is funded by Arts Council England and has been developed, supported and commissioned by Mark Devereux Projects, with thanks for support from Eltec Engineering Services, Littoral, Arcadecardiff, &Model and Bloc Projects. Nicola Ellis is Supported by Mark Devereux Projects.
Nicola Ellis graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2011 with an MA in Fine Art. Her work recently featured in exhibitions including You won’t see that bit anyway (solo exhibition), 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK, (2014); Head to Head: Nicola Ellis and Aura Satz, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); Part of the Programme, FAFA Gallery, Helsinki (2012); and Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2012). Nicola Ellis is Supported by Mark Devereux Projects.
Mark Devereux Projects
Mark Devereux Projects supports visual artists through mentoring, critical dialogue and curatorial production. Each practitioner’s artistic and career development is paramount, as the organisation provides bespoke guidance, information and opportunities. Our vision is to increase the provision for bespoke support to visual artists during the transition from early to mid-career. Through collaboration from external partners and individuals, Mark Devereux Projects aims to bring artists, galleries, collectors and audiences closer.