Bonington Gallery in Nottingham will be launching the Skate Nottingham Video Days Exhibition on April the 19th from 4pm-7pm with talks, screenings and photography from a wide array of Nottingham connected folks.
The exhibition itself - curated by Varial Magazine founder Tom Quigley - will see a selection of photographs from local skate photographers including Neil Turner, Vic Camilleri, Dave Bevan and our own Andrew Horsley, alongside images from Nottingham between the 1970s and 1990s from photographers including Andrew McDermott and Steve Tristram.
A talk will take place with Chris Lawton discussing skateboarding and Nottingham’s social, cultural and economic development before video screenings from skate filmmakers Daniel O'Neill, Neil Turner and Jake Harris before finishing with a screening of the classic Blind video Video Days. For a more detailed programme, hit the image below of Ian Rees snapped by Dave Bevan or the requisite words in the preceding text.
The Notts scene has always been a productive one, from video output to DIY building (check out our recent article on the history of guerrilla builds in the area for proof), with a much bigger place in UK skateboarding's cultural landscape than its geographical size would have you think. As such, this is definitely an event you'll want to get to if you can!
"We launch our next exhibition Video Days with a programme of talks, screenings and photography dedicated to the local and international skateboarding community.
In conjunction with local not-for-profit community group Skate Nottingham, we’ll be exploring skateboarding’s potential to drive cultural and social change, particularly through the re-engagement of young skateboarders with education and employment by supporting individual creative and cultural interests.
This event reflects Nottingham’s lively intergenerational skate community, and identify a set of themes that link the local and international significance of skateboarding to the objectives of the open cinema we are creating in the gallery. It also shows the rich texture of disciplines and interests reflected across the entire Video Days programme.
Skateboarding is an activity that reflects a consistent theme within the programme of human-kind’s disruptive and subjective relationship with the built environment."