Art Exhibitions

Artistic Engagement, Exhibitions and Installations

The term ‘graphic novel’ is a relatively new concept of standalone works, adapted from comics where collections of short stories of complex work focusing on the lives of ordinary people in the real world. The term ‘graphic novel’ was intended to distinguish it from the traditional serialized nature of comic books, with which it shared a storytelling medium.
Artists selected will have the freedom to explore the term ‘Graphic Novel’, using it as a vehicle to understand the theme: ‘The Web of Water’ and translate their perspectives. The technique itself opens up areas of exploration through illustrative techniques, format, layout, narrative and content and use of words. We will encourage visual artists to infer their selected mediums (such as digital art, collage, painting, drawing, etc.) into the graphic novel and create individual pieces. This can take various formats: comic books, poster, and story-boards.
We are in talks with potential curators and based on their experience, interest, knowledge of the medium, availability, relevant connections, contacts with artists and presence in the professional arts world, and will appoint the curator for this project.
On the Indian side, Sandhya Gajjar is the curator, she has relevant experience, and existing strong connections with artists and communities in India.

Selection of professionally trained English and Indian artists through an artist call out via various avenues. There is a set desirable criteria for identifying professional artists.
The selected artists will be invited for a two-day introductory workshop which will involve presentations, with examples and information for professional development. The selected artists will have the opportunity to experiment with the technique, and explore ideas. This experience will enlarge the curatorial theme, and help in creating high-quality artwork with a clear understanding of the medium and theme.

The Exhibitions
Professional/trained artists (English and Indian) will offer perspectives on Water and Water Wells, both of which are likely to be very different from each other and therefore of much interest. Artists will create a special kind of artwork, known as the Graphic Novel, an exciting and innovative format, allowing the narrative to be smoothly blended with the visual imagery. The challenge to the selected artists would be to imagine a new narrative with a water theme or work on an existing/traditional one and subvert/re-adapt it to modern times, and then create artwork that can take various formats, e.g comic books, poster, or story-boards. The artworks they create, in the form of Graphic Novels, will form the art exhibitions to be held under this project, thus sharing their work with viewers on this theme. These exhibitions will be held in gallery and non-gallery venues in the East Midlands. The Graphic Novels will specifically offer artists opportunities to explore stories and narratives related to water, both in England and India.
The artworks created will be exhibited in various venues, and showcased in innovative ways to entice and excite the viewer. The design and layout of the exhibition will be worked on by the curator and venue managers exploring new ideas and concepts in terms of presentation and effective viewer engagement.

Art Installations
A part of this project involves opportunity for artists to involve in art installation.
A water-well is an installation. Underground sweet water streams are ‘sourced’ through sophisticated engineering methods, though earlier there were water diviners in the community who could identify the exact spot of an aquifier. The community then dug a well at the spot to access clean and pure drinking water. A well was therefore an architectural installation on earth. Through the Web of Water project, Artcore plans to invite installation artists to create art as site-specific installations in public and gallery spaces.

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The Web Of Water Big Show

As part of the project, an exhibition was showcased at Deda including work from local and Indian artists. All stake holders of the project were invited to celebrate its success and achievements. The Web of Water Artists Catalogue was also officially launched and shared. Special Thanks to the English and…

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The Web of Water – Art Installation

A sculptural installation was created as a representation of river ways and waterfalls. The collaborative sculpture was a part of the Web of Water project, using fabric and wire to display the free flowing and destructive qualities of water. Artist Heidi Luker has worked on this sculpture throughout the summer, engaging…

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Nottingham Riverside Festival 2014

On 2nd and 3rd August 2014, as a part of the Riverside Festival in Nottingham, Artcore delivered a range of creative participatory activities in the Children’s Zone. Over the weekend, there were a range of fun, group based activities: Block printing, Collage painting, Paint a pot activity, and the Web…

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Sharpe’s Pottery Museum – The Web of Water Art Exhibition

The Web of Water – Art Exhibition at the Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, Swadlincote, Derbyshire. 4th July 2014 – 30th July 2014. An exhibition of UK based artists and Indian artists on the theme of water. These works all share a common medium of work- the graphic novel, with each artist…

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Art Exhibtion and Artist Talk – The Curve

On the 29th June, As part of The Web of Water project, Artcore organised a talk by 5 participating artist Barbara Clayton, Mik Godley, Alison Knox, Dianne Illsley and Sara Gaynor as a part of An Indian Summer festival alongside the art exhibition on display at Curve. The exhibition is…

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Art Exhibition – Carsington Water

The Web of Water art exhibition opened with the launch on Saturday 31st May 2014 at Carsington Water. The artworks are created by artists from the East Midlands and India, and they have portrayed their perspectives about the use/misuse of Water and its critical importance on Earth. The Carsington Water…

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The Web of Water – Artists Talk At The Atrium Gallery

On the 31st , artists attended the Atrium Gallery at the ICCA in Nottingham. We would like to thank Chris Leslie MP of Nottingham who was present and strongly supported the event. He also provided a very encouraging speech. Some participating artists – Sara Gaynor, Alison Knox, Jane Pepper, Janet…

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World Water Day Celebrations, Art Exhibitions & Artcore AGM

Artcore would like to give a big thank you to all who came to the event on Saturday 22nd, and for being part of the celebrations towards the World Water Day. Thank you Artcore trustees, Staff, Volunteers and members for their continued support. A successful start with Artcore AGM was…

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The Web Of Water Preview At The Atrium ICCA

On Saturday 25th January 2014 at The Atrium Gallery, ICCA, Artcore hosted the preview of the Web of Water art exhibition. English and Indian Artists explored the medium of ‘Graphic Novel’ to understand the theme: ‘The Web of Water’ and translated their perspectives into artworks. The Web of Water is…

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Indian Artists Exhibition: ‘Graphic Novel’

As part of The Web of Water project, an exhibition took place at Artcore, where 28 Indian Artists exhibited artworks created using the brief of designing a ‘graphic novel’ depicting their personal representation of the importance of water. Three of the participating artists from India – Ajay Kanwal, Samir Dave,…

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