As part of the Edge of Dark exhibition at Tremenheere Gallery last October there was a showing of a series of short films made by several NSA members. A video featuring all eight films has been made, called Now and Now – click on the link to view. Best viewed on a mobile device.

The artists featured are Yolande Armstrong, Julia Giles, Penny Florence, Tim Ridley, Patricia Wilson Smith, Andrew Swan, Ken Turner and Janet McEwan. You can read more about each film in this post.

NSA member Penny Florence has written a very interesting and pertinent essay about the recent Edge of Dark exhibition. Entitled Edge of DarkCurating Under Covid. Reflections on the Group Show in actuality, virtually, in the rural ‘Provinces’ and how BLM matters everywhere. In the introduction to the essay she writes:

It is an exploration of the way that art can clarify the interrelation between some of the broader issues of our time: political and social fragmentation, artistic activity beyond the great acknowledged centres, and aspects of the impact of the virtual on the visual arts. Covid-19 is a part of this, not a separate phenomenon.

It is also a conversational tour round the show with guest curator Jesse Leroy Smith, where he talks about his approach to curating – ‘selecting a number of key works, placing
them and then designing the hang in response’. You can read the the PDF of the essay here.

Jesse Leroy Smith, all photos ©Steve Tanner