Artist Spotlight – Thomas Buckley

Artist and storyteller Thomas Buckley is premiering his work entitled Repositorium at Frequency Festival 2021! He is very interested in how objects hold the marks of the people who use them and tell individual stories. We asked him about his practice to find out more.

October 27, 2021 on Blog

Frequency returned to Lincoln last month and transformed the city’s rhythm

FREQUENCY International Festival of Digital Culture - a digital festival for everyone - returned to ... November 27, 2019 on Blog, Blog, News, News updates

Artist Focus: seeper

Founded 15yrs ago and based in London, seeper is a collective of people creating a variety of work utilising technology and the possibilities of user interaction. By creating interactive and accessible work, they aim to introduce older and younger generations to things they may not have seen before.

October 23, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus: New Art Exchange & Galleries of Justice Museum

New Art Exchange (NAE) is a contemporary arts space in Nottingham with free entry. NAE celebrates the region’s cultural richness and diversity. The venue welcomes and holds screenings, symposiums, lectures, exhibitions and activities for families and young people ranging from dance, theatre and music.


The Nottingham Galleries of Justice Museum is an old courthouse and goal, located in the Lace Market, Nottingham. The museum of Crime and Punishment offers a variety of events ranging from free exhibitions and tours and even a unique wedding venus.
Get Up Stand Up!
 The artwork presented at Frequency Festival is a new piece, inspired by and drawing on Get Up Stand Up!, a wider, partnership project, between NCCL (National Centre for Citizenship and the Law), Galleries of Justice Museum and New Art Exchange contemporary art space. This new installation piece, drawing on material from a digitally mastered immersive audio-visual tour at Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham, alludes to civil and human rights and those injustices which continue to impede the right to liberty. With migration as its central theme, the work asks what relevance does the concept of liberation have in society today is it a word for the many or the few?
Rooted in research and consultation on global civil rights, the word “liberation” has become significant in the artist’s practice. To “liberate” invites the questions: by whom; for whom and how? The key driver in the work is to explore these questions through artistic media in ways which are relevant to our societal context.
Sooree Pillay (artistic director/writer) trained at Desmond Jones School Of Mime and Physical Theatre, and later at Ecole Internationale de theatre Jacques Lecoq, as performer and theatre director.
Bernhard Schimpelsberger (music director/composer) is an Austrian-born percussionist who trained in India and as a western drummer.
Karl Ellison (film-maker/editor), has worked internationally as an independent film maker and editor for 15 years.
Juneau Projects (digital mapping) work includes participatory elements involving projection, sound, music, animation and installation. 
 “Get Up Stand Up! came out of the need to engage our communities in an understanding of Civil Rights and the importance of democracy.” Tim Desmond (Chief Executive of the Egalitarian Trust which is comprised of NCCL and The Galleries of Justice Museum)
“It is hoped that Get Up Stand Up! will continue to be a transformational project that engages more people with culture and heritage.”
Find this in the Cellar space, Lincoln Drill Hall.
Tweet: @GOJMuseum @Newartexchange @NCCLinspiring
Visit: New Art Exchange & Galleries of Justice

October 14, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus: Illuminos

Creating visually inventive, memorable artworks and experiences, through projections and filmworks unique to location and audience.

Brought up in Derbyshire, brothers Matt and Rob Vale form Illuminos. They create visually inventive, memorable artworks and experiences, producing work of various sizes and depending on location, mixing installation, dance, movement and architecture. After exploring a location they produce site-specific work which brings the location to life and gives the audience an intimate experience as well as working with people directly to include them in the work.
we seek to create works that directly stem from the buildings, spaces and places we are fortunate to engage with
They have exhibited internationally in France, USA and Ireland, and were nominated for the 2010 Northern Arts Prize.
The 4th Wall in a theatrical and film sense is an invisible divide between audience and actor, Illuminos take this concept and liberate both parties by breaking the barrier. Through the 4th Wall is a video projection installation, utilising the Postern Gate. Tiny illuminated windows appear in the stone, offering glimpses into the daily activities of the little people living within. The audience gaze into the spaces as they begin to gaze out, they become aware of the viewer, freeing the observed and the observe in a shared intimate and magic moment.

Past work includes Momentous a projection onto Leeds Civic Hall which huge crowds enjoyed as well as national broadcast on BBC’s The One Show.

You can find this magical projection throughout the festival at the Postern Gate.
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October 7, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus 22: Barret Hodgson

Barret Hodgson is a video artist and digital projection specialist based in Nottingham. His company Vent Media creates and stages of visual media for live performance including theatre, dance and music, art installations, interactive media projects, film production and high end projection. Using a wide range and combination of digital software and hardware, Barret’s bespoke films and graphic animations and live video mapped installations have been toured widely across the world.
Previous productions and clients include: Empty Bed Blues, Smile & Flat Stanley at the Lakeside Theatre; The Ashes, Glamour & Garage band at Nottingham Playhouse; Arthur and George & First Person Shooter, Birmingham Repertory Theatre; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Royal & Derngate Theatre and Warp Films.
Recent collaborations include Choreographer Tom Dale (I Infinite and Refugees of the Septic Heart), Performance Artist Hetain Patel (To Dance like my Dad & Be like Water), and Writer Michael Eaton (The Masks of Mer).
The Eternal Return

‘Not only are our physical self’s locked into this perpetual wheel of evolution but also our inspirations, and concepts themselves.’

A university is an institution of revolution, a place where new ideas are continually conceived, nurtured, and given life. The Eternal Return celebrates these themes as an audio video installation projected onto the three monoliths on the facade of the University of Lincoln’s new Library.
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October 2, 2013 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus 17: Misdirect Movies

Misdirect Movies focuses on the impact of digital technologies in film and the visual arts and how the digital is forging revolutionary changes in making art and its presentations. The artists’ use of appropriation and the principles of collage have become a dominant force when working with cinema as a source material. The digital revolution has re-opened artists’ questioning of the materiality and non-material nature of the medium of collage.
The exhibition has developed from the research interests and artworks of the curators, Andrew Bracey and John Rimmer. All the selected artists explore these ideas in diverse ways to work with narrative and new forms of materiality. The exhibition features a wide range of media, from projections and monitor-based work through to digital prints, painting and even a microfiche viewer.
The curators are both artists and lecturers: Andrew Bracey is programme leader of MA Fine Art and Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the University of Lincoln and Dr John Rimmer is the academic coordinator of the BA Visual Arts at Bishop Grosseteste University.
Misdirect Movies explores new possibilities of collage using material gleaned from cinema bridging the analogue and the digital. It also focuses on the impact of digital technologies in film and the visual arts and how the digital is forging revolutionary changes in making art and its presentations. The exhibition has developed from the research interests and artworks of the curators, Andrew Bracey and John Rimmer. All the selected artists explore these ideas in diverse ways to work with narrative and new forms of materiality.
Rosa Barba who is currently based in Berlin has produced a Printed Cinema. This series of artist’s books has been published alongside her film projects, as a form of secondary literature, sourced from film stills, text and photographs.
Manchester based artist Dave Griffiths’ recent work dwells on the physical and fictive borders of cinema. He employs projectionist’s cue dot to activate the narrative potential of marginal images.
Cathy Lomax keeps an ongoing visual diary of all the films that she has watched, selecting one image from each to make into a small, rapidly executed painting.
Elizabeth McAlpine is based in London and works with measured enquiry. She has compiled film footage of Nicolas Roeg’s cult thriller Don’t Look Now from each time that a person blinked during their viewing of the film.
David Reed is a New York based painter whose work refers to film and photography. The Searchers animation references John Ford’s western and recalls an earlier personal experience where the artist had accidently discovered a cave used in the actual film.
The exhibition has received funding from Arts Council England.
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September 27, 2013 on Blog, News updates