Bloc Billboard: Sam Hewland

27 October – 22 December

Free & open to all


What do we have when attempting to be aware of our position in the system of the world. How do we attempt to be concerned with what we are making and the legacy of those things we leave behind? What does it mean to be European? What did it used to mean? What will it mean in the future? What are the physical remnants that people will be able to recognise as European and if not just a set of ideas what else represents it apart from colonial decay?

How has Europe culturally reacted to Britons exit from the European Union? How are structures preserved and how do they transgress into monuments? How does a countries architecture and monuments represent it in the world ,and how might this translate into how they and we see ourselves, especially now as an independent nation floating adrift. How will the notions of what Europe portrays now be abstracted within future histories?

Sam Hewland has been recently been investigating boundaries in shape and form of architectural history and political histories that have shaped notions of what Europe looks like today. Using references of physical structures and the collaging of imagery, with work that looks at physical notions surrounding architecture and troubles with European architectural histories, Hewland will construct a multi paneled image inspired by the visitor attraction Mini-Europe, that can be found in Brussels, Belgium.

Sam Hewland, b. 1991, Stockport; studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2014. Sam will be undertaking an MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2017. Selected exhibitions include: Minimum Crisis (Solo) Arbyte LASER, London (2017); Hunky Dory, Enclave Lab, London (2017); Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham Castle, (2016-17); Terrorformers/ Mould Map 6, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2016); Rate of Decline w/ Mark Riddington, LosersGym, Nottingham, (2016); Trace Programme, Aspirational Living, Nottingham, (2016); THANKS, The Pipe Factory, Glasgow (2014).

This commission has been generously supported by Arts Council England.