Tom Down – A Far Sunset by Tether
March 14, 2009, 6:04 pm
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Tom Down - A Far Sunset

Tom Down - A Far Sunset

The Wasp Room is pleased to announce ‘A Far Sunset’: the first solo exhibition by Tom Down. The exhibition is open from March 26th – April 11th, Thursday – Sunday, with a private view on March 24th, 6-8pm. There will be a talk by the artist on April 1st, from 7pm.

Uniting previous threads of his artistic practice, Tom Down has chosen to transform the gallery into a quasi-archival space. Utilising and displaying a collection of diverse images, objects and text, where distinctions between the found and the constructed are continually blurred. These individual elements span a broad range of references from heraldry and history painting to sci-fi illustration. Through the use of these established genres, his work pertains to romantic notions of conquest and exploration, presenting an ultimately futile attempt to regain a certain lost spirit that those embody.

The work revels in these fantastic ideals, whilst naggingly reminding us these are yet to be realised, so obviously showing us what we want that it points more to the absent than the represented. Even the title of the show, appropriated from an Edmund Cooper novel, continually alludes to something that can be seen but never reached.

Constantly aware of the futility of the attempt, these elements are unified by a characteristic use of materials, an obsessive, hobbyist-like enthusiasm that permeates through the work. This approach tests the artist to his limits, in an effort to convince himself that the ideals he explores are still worthwhile, still valid.

For more information, visit tether.org.uk or download the press release.

Tether awarded Arts Council funding by Tether
March 3, 2009, 9:21 pm
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Tether have been awarded funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England for eighteen months of development, which will cover a number of projects, including The Wasp Room gallery and Tethervision.

We’d like to thank Michelle and Mira for their support in our application.

Tether curate Digital Broadway during March by Tether
March 1, 2009, 3:41 pm
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Taller than Trees - Joseph MannTether will be curating this month’s Digital Broadway programme of original videos and animations.

Featuring work by artists James Brown, Anthony Peskine and Joseph Mann, the films possess a shared concern for fantasy, absurdity and playful innocence. Using cinematic techniques reminiscent of early and amateur cinema –cut-outs, stop-frame animation, home-made ‘green screen’ effects- Tether’s commissions are beautifully awkward and imaginative.

Such ideas relate closely to Tether’s wider activity, in which they curate exhibitions and produce work as a group; projects produced in collaboration with an emphasis on invention and inter-disciplinarity.

More information can be found at broadway.org.uk or our minisite

Tether and Digital Broadway are supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England

Trouble in Paradise : Debra Swann by Tether
January 9, 2009, 1:41 pm
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Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

The Wasp Room will be exhibiting new works by the artist Debra Swann, made during a three-week residency. The exhibition will be running from Thursday 29th January to Sunday 15th February 2009. The private view will take place on Tuesday 27th January, 6 – 8pm.


Debra Swann’s artwork is driven by her interest in science and time travel and the personas she adopts in everyday life, commenting on the domestic or private space by exploring the boundaries between reality and fantasy. The installations she creates are rich in imagined narrative but use everyday materials like sellotape and brown paper in their construction.

The artworks form props with implied functions, which on closer examination are revealed as illusions with flawed usefulness; the authority of Swann’s alter egos are also exposed as a hoax.

Debra Swann- “I have always been interested in the idea of travelling through time. Taking on personas, such as the Victorian collector or the colonial woman has allowed me to travel into the past. Through all my work I am juxtaposing significance and insignificance, searching to find meaning in things and exploring a desire for importance.

“The installation will create a sense of time gone by, a series of generations of comings and goings, an apocalyptic scene of death, decay and regeneration”

art art art – Nottingham Launch Party by Tether
November 22, 2008, 4:10 pm
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, Thursday 27th November, 7pm until 10pm
Tether Studio, 17a Huntingdon St, Nottingham, NG1 3JH

“After recently re-launching our website publication ‘art art art we have partnered with Tether Studios on the second of our ongoing national launch parties, designed to showcase emerging perfomative, and live art practitioners in new cities, and locations, contributing to a growing network of young artists, and arts organisers.

The event is to be fully supported by VEDETT beer, so we would appreciate it if you could make it along for a drink and a chat about your experiences, as an artist or producer. This will be useful to inform our future events, and articles. Attached below is a list of artists involved, we look forward to seeing you there

Bill Nguyen – Failure of a foreigner

Fay Nicolson – All Work and No Play

Simon Raven – The Entertainer

Kimbal Bumstead – Action 16

Bobby Goulding – Untitled performance No.1″

Matt Roberts

Call for submissions by Tether
October 11, 2008, 10:19 pm
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Submissions are invited for the Nottingham Launch of the e-publication ‘art art art‘ to be held at Tether Studios in late November 2008. We would like to select 6-8 artists working with live art, performance, and intervention art to realise their work across the evening.

The event will be a chance for the ‘art art art’ team to invite and meet with subscribers and contributors in the East Midlands region, allowing the magazine to grow in response to our readers needs.

Unfortunately there is no fee available for artists involved at present. However, we believe participating artists will benefit from the opportunity of working with Tether and the extra exposure, and networking potential the event will bring. ‘art art art’ currently has over 8200 subscribers with an average 940 visits to the site per month.

Interested artists are required to submit:

  • A 50-100 word description of proposed work
  • One documentary photo (1meg or less)
  • A recent CV including mobile phone number and email address.

The event will take place Thursday 27th November

Proposals should be sent to: events@artartartgallery.com

The deadline for proposals is Friday 31st October

Art Art Art is produced by Matt Roberts Arts, a not-for-profit organisation creating opportunities for recent creative graduates and early career artists. For more information and to view the latest issue of Art Art Art please visit: www.artartartgallery.com

Tether Studios consists of a mixture of visual artists who graduated from Nottingham Trent University in July 2007, plus practitioners from other backgrounds, whose interests range from curation, performance and fine arts. Tether formed out of a desire to stay in Nottingham and maintain the work ethic and sense of community that formed whilst studying at NTU.

All Smoke and No Fire | 29th May-2nd June 2008 | The Old Truman Brewery | London by Tether

As part of Free Range 2008, Tether produced a five-day collaborative show entitled All Smoke and No Fire.

Focusing on the process of artistic compromise and reflecting upon the reality of post-graduate life, All Smoke and No Fire presented artworks that reacted to the challenge of creating work as a collective, and attempted to live up to the cavernous grandeur of the Old Truman Brewery.

Playing with notions of spectacle and ambition, the works –which ranged from architectural interventions, to sculptural installations, to performance- stood out in Free Range’s Design Week as distinct and different. The central piece, a 10ft high Trojan horse made of wood and cardboard, alluded light-heartedly to this notion of difference; the construction a discarded “prop” from the Tether Group’s “invasion” of the Old Truman Brewery complex, in a week otherwise devoted to design.

Other works included the mobile architectural interventions known as “Pillar Men”, which roamed All Smoke and No Fire, seeking to find their place among the numerous concrete columns which characterise the Old Truman Brewery space. Replete with personalities of their own, Pillar Men were liable to follow you, and yet equally prone to shyness and attempts at hiding. No matter how hard they try, the audience may have spotted them.

Like the Wizard of Oz -hiding behind a curtain and bombastic effects to disguise his slight appearance- All Smoke and No Fire pretended to be far grander than it actually was.

The pieces that made up All Smoke and No Fire distinguished the show from all other Free Range exhibitions thus far- representing the combined practices of roughly a dozen fine artists, free from individual artistic ownership from any of the group’s constituent members.

This project was supported by Nottingham Trent University as part of their One Year Out support scheme for Nottingham-based art graduates.

http://www.free-range.org.uk | http://www.ntu.ac.uk | http://www.tether.org.uk