Category: 2012

Friday 9th, March 2012, 6pm – 9pm 
Exhibition runs daily from 10th – 16th March, 12pm – 5pm

We want you to come and join us in a very special opening party celebrating our new venue and improved programme.

We were established back in 2008 as a voluntary organisation to provide graduates with space to exhibit their work.  Now, thanks to investment and development work, we are about to launch our new arts venue in the city centre.  Our programme includes visual arts and live performance, virtual interaction and international work all showcased alongside our local talent of 20 in-house artists!

Please come join us for the opening of the festival which starts on Friday 9 March, 6pm – 9pm to have a glimpse at what we have to offer…

Hyper Real is inspired by Jean Baudrillard’ Simulacrum theory – the inability to separate reality from simulation.

Main Gallery

Garry Martin

John Harris

Richard Fairgrieve

Feat. performances by 1623

Studio Gallery

Thomas Woodcock

& Diane Miguel


Virtual Gallery

Folding Gallery by Paul Heijnan*


Garry Martin – will be exhibiting bold sculptures that manipulate perceived realities of manufactured objects.




John Harris – is a recent graduate and Nottingham based artist who is now a member of the collective ‘Death of a Mauve Bat’.  John’s new work is in response to the curatorial theme ‘hyper real’.




Richard Fairgrieve – will be exhibiting his new text based drawings. He invites the audience to witness the fragility of a virtual world.




Friday 9 March, 7.30pm (20 minutes)


Can we distinguish appearance from reality in Shakespeare’s plays?  From innocent-looking murderers to a desirable donkey-man, from a princess-shepherdess to an androgynous servant.  Join 1623, an award-winning theatre company that’s all about seeing Shakespeare differently, to explore hyper-reality in performance.

Folding Gallery

*Opens Friday 30th March, 6-9pm

Paul Heijnen – Dutch artist/designer based in Eindhoven, Holland. Paul has designed an innovative folding, Gallery wall system that will be showcased March 30th and used as an artefact of Backlit Gallery. Paul is fast becoming a notable young designer in Holland and was approached for this project due to his economic functionality between space, practicality and representation.


Friday 9 March – 16 March
Tom Woodcock & Diane Miguel – Sponsored by the Fine Art Department at DeMontfort University in Leicester, Tom has collaborated with Leicester based artist Diane Miguel. The site-specific sculptural installation interacts between found manufactured and organic objects and explores viewer negotiation of representational relationships.  It is commissioned to express our commitment to support emerging artists in the community and develop academic partnerships.

Open Studios

9 – 16 March 12 – 5pm

During the course of the week and private view there will be a chance to view work by Backlit studio and associate members. If you can’t make the launch then come and see our studio members in their own habitat and enjoy light refreshments!



Virtual Gallery

Friday March 9 – 16th – Calling open submissions!
& Friday 30th March 6-9pm – International Artists

The Virtual Gallery project is an interactive exhibiting software designed by American programmer Dalai Fellinto commissioned by Narrative and Interactive Arts at the Nottingham Trent University. The Software will give audiences a chance to submit digital media artworks into a stereoscopic virtual gallery and navigate around the virtual space!  We will be pre-populate some material with a selection of Backlit Studio and associate members work. If you would like your work to be shown then please Click here attaching your jpg image by Monday 5th March, 4pm


Critical Feedback Session

Monday 12th March 4-7pm (with refreshments)
Facilitated by Dr Anna Lovatt, University of Nottingham

BACKrits are our trademark critical feedback sessions.  Here UoN lecturer Dr Anna Lovatt will be leading the discussion in which gallery exhibitiants, local arts practitioners and History of Art students from the city’s two universities will have a unique chance to have their work critiqued.  Each group will look at six artists, for more information or to submit please click here


Mono Printing


Tuesday 13 March, 1-3pm (with refreshments)

rachel parry monoprintRachel Parry will be running a beginner workshop for anyone interesting in creating mono prints – it’s aimed for people simply wanting to have a go or for those who may want help with their existing ideas. To book a place email us or call 0115 now and we will reply with all the details and how to find us, or simply come along.




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