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Nicola Ellis – More Room for Error

Thursday 27 August 2015

Preview – Thursday 27 August – 6 – 8pm

Mentoring sessions – Saturday 12 September – 10am – 12pm: One-to-one mentoring and advice sessions for Sheffield-based early-career visual artists and bloc Projects members with Mark Devereux and Nicola Ellis. FREE but booking essential.

Artist talk – Saturday 12 September – 2 – 4pm: Artist talk with Nicola Ellis and curator Mark Devereux. FREE no booking necessary.

Artist Nicola Ellis will be making a brand new work inspired by Sheffield’s historic steel industry and the gallery’s previous usage as a grinding shed by Granton Knives. The final exhibition in a touring project curated by Mark Deveraux Projects, More room for error reflects the research that Ellis has been conducting over the past 6-months, meeting and speaking with local historians and knife grinders to learn about the techniques and tools that were and are currently used in the city.

Ellis’s new work will employ traditional techniques and skills to respond to the architecture of the gallery space. Within 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 challenges assumptions around the functions of different objects and materials in architectural space.

Much of the focus within the project is based around Ellis’ investigations into metalworking, with a particular concentration on welding or joining steel. Ellis has studied, researched and learned the industry standard rules of metalworking, which she has then gone on to question, dissect and divert into a methodology for creating art works. The combination of investigations, acts of ‘play’ and interpretations of space in her practice invites a reflection on the relationship between sculpture and structure.

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 visited Arcadecardiff (Cardiff) in May and &Model (Leeds) in July. 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 represented by Mark Devereux Projects.

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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).

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. We do this in two ways: by working on long-term professional development and production projects through our funded represented artists programme; and by providing one-to-one mentoring, critical dialogue and exhibition opportunities within our open MDP Associates programme. Through collaboration from external partners and individuals, Mark Devereux Projects aims to bring artists, galleries, collectors and audiences closer.