Past Projects

Claudia Pilsl: Resident

Exhibition  28th January – 4th February 2020

Opening times: Mon – Fri 11.00 to 17.00

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 28th January 2020, 5 to 8pm

Beginning of 2018 Claudia Pilsl undertook a 3 months residency at x-church in Gainsborough. Her proposition to the community was to explore the question What does it mean to be a resident?. For this she spent time with everybody who was willing to let her join in and become, if only temporary, part of their lives. The wish to understand better what it means to be a UK resident stems from her increasing anxiety about the status of EU citizens post Brexit. Having lived longer in England than in Austria, the country of her birth, the place she identifies with most is not a particular country but Europe as a whole. For her as a migrant and future EU guest-worker it is therefore not easy to define what means to be a resident within the borders of a nation state.

The main piece in the exhibition is a video (1h 44min) in which the artist merges footage from a long drive in a white van around Gainsborough and an audio track edited from over 15 hours of recorded interviews during her residency. These conversations center on what it means to be a resident, how it is to live in his area, what the future could hold for this small market town. The two exhibited series of photographs were generated during a walk with Clive Maclennan, a resident of the south West Ward in Gainsborough, and during various sessions at x-church. As part of the exhibition, the artist also hosts the pop-up gallery Chateau Marcus, a temporary show space in an old shed. This shed initially intended as a studio during her stay soon became a show space for local artists. As an exhibition space within the exhibition Chateau Marcus will show a series of works by Joana Cifre Cerdà, Clive Maclennan, Kev Snell, Gabrielė Minkevičiūtė. Also on display will the collaborative project facilitated by Michael Bowdidge: Slumgothic Live Collage and a slideshow of the arts activities at x-church from 2006 till today.

Bio: Claudia Pilsl is a photographer and media artist based in Bristol and Vienna. She creates installations and projection works and engages diverse audiences in and beyond the gallery space. Her work is included in major collections such as the Museum of modern Art Vienna, Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover, the DG Bank Collection, the Art Collection of Upper Austria, SK Stiftung Cologne, and the Photo Collection Austria. She won two major fellowships (Arts Council Austria, City of Bremen), the Prize for Visual Art of Upper Austria, and a Research Fellowship at Southampton Institute. She has just submitted her doctoral practice research on ‘Photography and its Contribution to the Understanding of Digital Porosity’ at the University of Plymouth (Funding by The 3D3 Center for Doctoral Training Programme). Prior to starting her doctoral inquiry, she undertook an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London (2013) and an MA in Combined Media at University of Applied Arts in Vienna (1994).
Contact: Claudia Pilsl, mobile: 07563698599  email:
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A Strange Weave of Time and Space

by Jeanine Griffin

4-15 November 2019

The art works selected for A Strange Weave of Time and Space circle the complex relations between the auratic, (Walter Benjamin’s term for the authentic, original artefact, singular in space and time) and the technologically reproduced, dispersed and viewed art object prevalent in the current post-digital period.  Including moving image, sculpture, drawing, audio and 3D printed objects.

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image: Jan Hopkins

image: Penny McCarthy


Project Space Plus is delighted to present Collision Drive 2 a two-person exhibition by Steven Rendall and Benet Spencer which addresses the relationship between collage and painting, through presenting an assembly of gathered and selected images. Sampling, artistic identity and hybridity are investigated throughout, reflecting the artist’s aim to highlight the construction and process of making, through paintings that thrive on accumulation, scale and density.

Rendall and Spencer share an interest in the discourse surrounding contemporary painting which embraces the role of appropriation and the concept and practice of collage. Steven Rendall’s practice is founded on painting but has a history of expanding into digital and VHS based audiovisual realms. Rendall’s paintings formulate different ways that images can be translated and how the painted image differs from the source image. The scavenging, slicing and rearranging of the images continues throughout each stage of production and is evident in the finished work. In this exhibition, art auction catalogues are the source of multiple secondary images which are cut up and reassembled.

Benet Spencer works with a specific range of architectural forms and interior spaces, which embody archetypes that relate closely to the Modernist ideal and its influence on contemporary design, such as the open-plan interior/exterior space created in modern kitchen extensions, the museum or gallery space, or the designer café interior. Using Photoshop as a design tool, found images are combined to form imaginary spaces, made up of patterned surfaces, modernist furniture, and containing cultural artifacts such as sculptures or paintings.

The actual Collision Drive, referenced in the current title, is just to the east of John F Kennedy Road in Dubuque, ­­Iowa. Neither Rendall of Spencer have been there, but they have both listened to Alan Vega’s 1981 record Collision Drive. The experimental music of Vega functions as another reference point for this project.

Prior to this exhibition travelling to Lincoln, Collision Drive 1 was presented Wimbledon Space, UAL from 15th April – 21st May 2019. In October the project will expand to incorporate the work of five more UK and Australian-based­­ artists for Collision Drive 3 at the RMIT Project Space at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, running from 11th Oct – 10th Nov 2019. An accompanying catalogue has been published by Wimbledon Space / UAL, with an essay by Phil King and a forward by Geraint Evans.

Collision Drive 2 will run at Project Space Plus from 28th June – 18th July 2019.




MA fine Art ‘practice show’.

Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science

What effect do hormone uses have on emotions, sensations, sexual expression and desire? This video art exhibition presents the work of 14 artists and collectives who explore the immense role hormones have on our everyday life. The works raise crucial questions about how society influences and regulates gender identity, and capture broader explorations of sexuality and gender fluidity. The featured artists take viewers on sometimes intensely personal journeys and demonstrate the liberation they have experienced through the use of hormones. Other works look at the medicalisation of women’s bodies in relation to birth control, menopause and ageing, and offer an important commentary on how we use hormones to improve and sometimes constrain our lives in ways we rarely consider.

Artists, performers, writers and activists have employed various techniques to produce these works, including 3D animation, stop motion, and infrared video, and use a range of formats such as performance for the camera, music video, documentary, TV show and online feeds.

An international jury selected participants following a world-wide open call and the exhibition features 14 established and emerging artists from countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Brazil, Columbia, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UK, Uruguay and the USA.

The artists are: Camila Levy Daniel, Leyla de la Hoz and Pedro Giacomolli; Gérard Chauvin and Lanah Shaï; Fox and Owl; Holly Slingsby; Jennie Pedley; Juliet Jacques and Ker Wallwork; Marianna Simnett; Marne Lucas aka CuntemporaryArtist; Mary Maggic, Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder; Orlando Myxx; Raju Rage;Sarah Homewood; SenzaFissaDimora Teatro; Zaya Barroso.

Transitional States has been developed and is led by Dr Chiara Beccalossi (University of Lincoln) with support from the Wellcome Trust. The video art exhibition is curated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou (Arts Feminism Queer).

The exhibition will be shown at the Project Space Plus Gallery in Lincoln, before continuing to the Peltz Gallery in London and touring Europe, where it will be hosted at the CCCB (Centre Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) in Barcelona, Spain and in Bologna, Italy.

Programme of events:

1 February 2018, 5.30pm – Official opening of the Transitional States video art exhibition at the Project Space Plus gallery.

Thursday 8 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm – Public discussion: “From Silence of the Lambs to Orange is the New Black: Changing Representations of Trans People.” Speakers: Fox Fisher, Paris Lees, Owl (Ugla Stefanía), Rebecca Root.

Thursday 15 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm – “Sex, Science and the Body: Medicine and LGBTIQ People. Speakers: Dr David A. Griffiths, Dr Christina Richards, Dr Janet Weston.

Thursday 22 February, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm – Public discussion: “Girls Gone Wild”: Women Use Hormones to Take Control? Speakers: Prof. Hera Cook.

Further information can be found on the exhibition website

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19th July to 28th July, 2017

Mardi Gras Requiem


An online auction of artworks to raise money for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Lincolnshire based artist and University of Lincoln lecturer, Andrew Bracey has organised an online auction of over 70 artworks to raise money for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. The auction has been organised by Andrew in memory of his father, John Bracey who died of a heart and lung related illness last year. The artists involved have all generously donated their work for free and all money raised will go to the charity. An exhibition at Project Space Plus Gallery, at the University of Lincoln will be on from 19-28th July, 10-4pm on weekdays, so people can view the works in person, with the final day of bidding of the online auction on 28th July.

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13th to 18th June, 2017

Possible Becomings by Louise Dale Chalmers


Louise2Private view is 4-6 on Fri 16th.

This will be a single installation of nearly 100 miniature ceramics

In parallel is her award prize of a 2 weeks solo show at the Sam Scorer Gallery.

Listen to an amazing interview with Louise here:


26th May to 10th June, 2017

Do Not Microwave by BA Fine Art

Fine Art Degree Show Poster 17


12th May, 2017

Andrew Bracey and Annie Morrad


A reproduction of a historically important painting is presented in the gallery at the same size as the original. A layer of clear gesso is applied, which then reacts with the photographic print and is moved about on the surface using the movements created by ‘embodying a gestural painter’. A saxophonist improvises on to create a sonic landscape that both influences and is influenced by the act of painting. The audience is invited to document the activity in anyway they feel is fit or best to them. The performance ends after 3 hours or when the gesso and ink dries or the saxophonist reaches a state of exhaustion. Aphantasia refers to a condition where the individual cannot visualise. The final painting is left in a state of abstraction, far from the original composition, but using an amalgamation of all the colour and gesture of the original painting.

17th April to 28th April, 2017

Labyrinth of a Life by BA Music Assessments and performance


*The space will be closed to the public with the exception of 26th-27th April for a live performance*

Welcome to ‘Labyrinth of a Life’. Held for 2 nights only from the 26th and 27th of April, 7pm-9pm at the University of Lincoln, UK. This event is free, but please register and book your time slots now! Expect live performances, film, dance and much more. The event will take place at the University of Lincoln in the Art, Architecture and Design building.

Karl Robbins is a 67-year-old man, he falls into a coma and is taken to hospital. Whilst in the coma he is unaware of his surroundings and the entire present day world.
Audience members will take on a journey through Karl’s mind, seeing important parts of his life and what has made him the person he is. Exploring a wide palette of emotions through various memories, the audience will follow Karl’s mind as he looks back on his life. Follow the life of Karl Robbins as he goes on a journey experiencing different memories and emotions of his life.

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28th March to 10th April, 2017

Expiry Date by BA Fine Art

expiry date poster actual

The work of 47 artists and is curated by the cohort, and is used as a means to visualise the degree show in a condensed environment.

As part of the BA fine art Pre-Assesment they are doing a ‘Postcard Exhibition’.

All postcards are available for purchase with all proceeds going towards the Fine Art Degree Show, ‘Do Not Microwave’

  • Postcard Exhibition


10th March to 26th March, 2017

ABBA on tour by Andrew Bracey and Ang Bartram


ABBA is the curatorial and artistic collective of Angela Bartram and Andrew Bracey, two artists engaged with the act of making and process with divergent outcomes. ABBA seeks to create a conversation of interrogative and inquisitive practice born of doing.  The maker is saturated in the environment of exhibition and debate: the event is part residency, part production, part curatorial, part performance and part installation. This is live artistic research: talks, actions, artefacts, deliberations, provocations, ruminations, speculations, invention and creative assembly, process and production will be present.

The artists will be present in the gallery in the first week of the exhibition and everyone is welcome to come and engage with ABBA.

The exhibition in turn acts as a dialogue between venues. As it moves to the next it will regroup, restage, and reproduce the process in respect of site and circumstance. This is the pilot for the tour of this exhibition, which aims to respond to the letters in the title – A, will be in a city beginning with A; B in a city begging with B; the final B and A in a city that has a backwards writing style. Like a band on tour and with a set list defined by the performers the show will naturally change, mutate and draw in other participants, but the core principle of making and process remains integral.

27th February to 9th March , 2016

Speed processing Slowly, MA Fine Art

Artists: Henry Allen / Louise Chalmers / Bethany Chapman / Alexandria Clow / Jacob Denness / Michelle Forrest-Beckett / Judith Greef / Geoffrey Green / Christopher Kane / Charlie Leffler / Yuen Shan Ling / Hannah McKinlay / Nathan Newton / Fiona Parkinson / Orinta Pranaityte / Josephine Richardson Whitaker / Charalambos Sergiou / Jessica Smith / Joanne Smith / Laura Stevenson / Alan Ward / Kezia-Marie Wattle/ Dale Wells / Bryn Williams / James Woolley

Speed Processing Slowly is an exhibition that prioritises the revealing of the process of 25 artists. Visitors will be able to see how artists move from a process of ideas, discussion, testing, experimenting, refining through to the resolution of artwork through the exhibition period.

The gallery will be turned into a laboratory for most of the exhibition where members of the public can actively engage and contribute to a discursive analysis of the processes an artist goes through in order to create. The process of creating the exhibition starts with a word being pulled from an artist’s dictionary to initiate a discussion around process within five groups of five artists. The artists will work towards visualising this debate into a one-day exhibition on the 9th March to close the two weeks. The artists will work to a structure that will enable this to happen over the fortnight which will be open and visible to the public and is welcoming of the input of the audience. The artists are particularly interested to hear from and respond to discussions from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines from beyond fine art in respect of how they approach the process of what they do.

25th January to 11th February , 2016

Yellow Belly


Curated By: Nick Simpson and Ross Oliver, private view 6pm 25 January 2017

Yellow Belly – the term given to those born and bred in Lincolnshire

A showcase of Lincolnshire based artists’ at Project Space Plus on the campus of the University of Lincoln.

Promoting exchange with wider artist led initiatives nationally and internationally, GP seeks to stimulate a critical discourse, and sustain an engaged visual arts culture in the Lincoln through the programming of exhibitions, events and workshops. Featured artists: Michelle Forest-Becket, Joana Cifre Cerdà, Ross Oliver, Patricia Stansfield, Adam O’Meara, Nathan Baxter, Ellen Brady, Fiona Parkinson, Stu Burke, Rob Britt, Kate Buckley, Amy Hewitt, Andrew Bracey, Gerard Williams, Daniel Marshall and Nick Simpson.

9th January to 21st January, 2016

MA Fine Art Exhibition: Art Is a Lie That Makes Us Realise Truth



13th December, 2016

Fashion Fundraiser

Fashion Fund-raiser Poster

The fundraising exhibition is a showcase of the work of 2nd year fashion students work completed thus far.  This fund-raising event is to gather funds for their 3rd year fashion show in 2018, and also it will showcase the students’ skills.

Reflections On the Air War

18th to 30th November, 2016

A second opportunity to see the School of History & Heritage’s popular summer exhibition.  Projections, artefacts (even a part of a shot-down German bomber), info-graphics, and maps from Bomber Command.


7th – 14th November, 2016

During the week there was an ‘In progress’ show in the gallery of MA Fine Art students and staff.

Second Day 4

The idea was to subvert the gallery space to become a space of production; to show the making of art as opposed to making a show of art, to be in there, to use it, to be active, the learning occurring through making and doing.

Every part of the process of the artist making was visible to the visitor.

The Big Draw – Marvellous Mechanicals

1st – 2nd November, 2016

This was a 2-day event full of drawing activities aimed at Lincolnshire schools, but open to all.  It featured machines and mechanicals, and celebrated drawing and technology.

The event was co-hosted by Siemens, and they allowed the event organisers to use their Turbine Training Facility as a drawing venue.

There were a wide range of drawing activities, ranging from the more traditional to mono-print and digital drawing, and ‘crazy creatures’ and even Etch-a-Sketch-Bicycle drawing. 

 The Black Death in Your Garden – LiGHTS

Friday 30th September, 2016

An exhibition and talk showing how back garden digs can reconstruct the impact of the Black Death.  Presented by the School of History & Heritage’s Professor Carenza Lewis.


7th – 23rd September, 2016

& (pronounced Ampersand) brought together eight artists from across various disciplines.  Through questioning the role of art, discourse was developed promoting critical thinking.  Consequently, each exhibiting artist developed a unique practice.

Holly Bowler’s practice explored how technological advances have created an unsustainable way of life.  By using a combination of traditional drawings and modern technology, Holly raised awareness of environmental concerns.

Emily Connor

Emily Connor’s work focused on how she encountered and documented experiences by drawing in a variety of spaces; landscape, seascape, coffee shop and train.  These drawings stimulated further translations in the studio; so that Emily feels  immersed in the marks that she makes.

Patricia Ferguson is interested in how imagery alludes to that which is not visible, and the paradox of the presence of absence contained in an artwork.

By embracing fieldwork to engage with landscape, Gemma Green questioned what it means to have a sense of place.  Her response utilised the expanded practice of printmaking.

Amy Hewitt collaborated with the Half-Open Skin, where their physical presence  invoked a sense of the ­­­­­­­other through its monstrous qualities.

Catherine Pritchard's Ceratti 2

Through installation Catherine Pritchard questioned human behaviour in relation to  desire.  She further questioned whether behaviour is unconsciously manipulated by extrinsic sources.

James Richardson’s practice explored how art has mimicked cinema; through size, scale and means of production.


Verena Vuori sought to explore pig consciousness and questions how humans and  pigs can relate to each other as inherently different but equal life-forms.


25th July – 5th August, 2016

AA2A students Sian Wright, Mike Bruce, GAST, and Veronica Proud presented their work.


Reflections On the Air War

1st to 16th July, 2016

The School of History & Heritage presented its 2nd annual exhibition in the Project Space Plus gallery: personal reflections on the air campaigns during the Second World War, a popular exhibit which featured projections, historical artefacts (including part of a German bomber shot down during the war), info-graphics, portraits, and material from the International Bomber Command Centre archive.

Reflections On the Air War (International Bomber Command Centre. IBCC Digital Archive).

Reflections On the Air War (International Bomber Command Centre. IBCC Digital Archive).

Raqs Media Collective

13th April – 7th May, 2016

An exhibition of works by Raqs Media Collective at Project Space Plus.

Raqs Wall Internal 2

Gymnasium commissioned New Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective to produce a new temporary public work in Lincoln later in the year.  In the run up to the opening of this new public work, Raqs presented past works, alongside a new series of prints in Project Space Plus and a text work on the ‘Link’ wall outside.

Raqs new works (the proposed new public work, the series of prints and the wall text work) are based on their study of ‘An Investigation of The Laws of Thought’ a book by the nineteenth century Lincoln-born mathematician George Boole.  Boole pioneered the concept of ‘logic gates’ using category constellations such as ‘yes’, ‘no’ that went on to become the foundations of ‘Boolean Logic’ in computer programming.

In the suite of prints ‘Happen-Stances’, Raqs weaved statements about wealth, possibility, ethics and abundance out of the texture of Boole’s formulations, through the operations of chance.  These were transformed into image-text objects that could be aids to thinking, or simply enjoyed as anticipations of word-sculptures in print form.

Raqs Media Collective’s work often seems to circle around ideas about chance, possibility and time.  In ‘The Ecliptic’ (which is the term for the suns arc across the sky – our diurnal timepiece) a clock was amended to produce evocative linguistic instants of time, rather than set intervals.  A Bergsonian project of relative duration perhaps and another instance of trying to create a space between delineated options, the yes and the no, moment to moment. They were making a plea for a ‘ variegated sense of time’  one which requires a qualitative rather than a quantitative approach to an experience.

Raqs Screen

In the video work ‘Re-Run’ time was made to loop back on itself but also to leap out of line. A slow motion moving image remake of one of Cartier Bresson’s  ‘decisive moments’ – a bank run pre the take over of Shanghai by the People’s Liberation Army in 1948.  A classic example of the self-fulfilling prophecy, the fear that the bank may fail causes mass withdrawals which ensure this failure.  ‘The anticipation of the future produces conditions in the present which lead to the anticipated future.’  This seems deterministic yet this moment of circularity was rendered fluid again as one face in the crowd (like a time traveller gifted with hindsight) slowly turned to look at us and make contact across the intervening decades.  Raqs suggested that ‘The times of the past and the possibility of the future are both mortgaged and held hostage to the urgency of the unyielding present.’  And this work was perhaps their attempt at a negotiation out of this hostage situation and at creating a sense of contemporaneity.

Postcard Exhibition

Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th March

Curated by 3rd Year Fine Artists at Lincoln University

The exhibition brought together a selection of ‘small artworks’ created by students and members of staff from a wide range of courses at Lincoln University, as well as public artists, and college students in the area. 


Monday 11th January – Friday 5th February, 2016

Curated by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen

Micromagnus This mobile exhibition/publication brought together posters by a range of artists which were commissioned in response to Voltaire’s Micromégas text
of 1752, a seminal work in the genre of science fiction which functions as a commentary on human foible, scientific superstitions and anti-utopias.

The large-scale posters formed a component of the exhibition, and when folded, an element of the publication. The exhibition and publication investigated notions of portability, reproduction, distribution and presentation in contemporary art practice and curation with reference to Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte en Valise.

Micromegas: Powers of 10 brought together works by Pavel Büchler, Dora Garcia, Jonathan Monk, Scott Myles, Thomson & Craighead, Marco Stout, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, and a text by Mark Dorrian.

A second edition: Micromegas: Vagabond Flux contains digital print posters by Bik Van der Pol, Jonn Herschend, Jacques Longuecolline, Mick Peter, Laure Provost, Stefanos Pavlakis & Tobias Kauer, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen and booklet with essay by Emma Bolland.

Curated by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, the project also explored issues central to their art practice; recycling, appropriation, reproduction, re- presentation and artist-led curatorial practice. Each component of the project contributed to an exploration of the innovative possibilities of visual publishing, of how and why an artist’s publication is able to exist in parallel to other structures in art discourse as a distinct yet crucial marker.

Art Collection Showcase

Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th December

A three-day opportunity to see art works from both the Art and Print Collections of the University of Lincoln.


This showcase allowed staff and students to see a selection of the Art Collection for themselves, take inspiration, and even to select works they might wish to borrow for their own offices and work-spaces.



The art selected for the showcase included work by students of the past such as Claire Smith, Matthew Burns and Lynne Lamb, work by ceramicists Pete Moss and Mick Casson, a portrait of Elizabeth Esteve-Coll plus the artist’s studies, work by staff such as Medina Hammad and ex-staff Dave Overton, copies of works by famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Sandby, and also reproductions from the Print Collection by John Klein, André Minaux, and Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

 Adventure Ahead

16th October – 14th November, 2015

‘Adventure Ahead’ was a project by international artist Annika Eriksson for Gymnasium Projects.  It was derived from footage from the Media Archive of Central England in Lincoln. The archive holds a huge array of films from amateur and broadcast sources. The work took footage from a number of sources, including Children Rule 2080 – a science-fiction film, made in 1980, featuring children in a future world.

Creating a time-warp of propositional projections from and reflection on this key era in social history, the project took the form of a film installation in a temporary venue
in Lincoln city centre – The Old Liberal Club. Selected previous works by Annika Eriksson were seen at Project Space Plus.

Understanding China: tea drinking, terracotta warriors and first encounters between east and west

21st September – 2nd October, 2015

Project Space Plus hosted a display of an extraordinary collection of 20th-century terracotta warriors and horses which had been the subject of a major conservation project for a team of Lincoln’s postgraduate students.


The figures on show as part of the Lincoln exhibition were part of a privately-owned museum-grade replica collection. Working with Crick Smith – the University of Lincoln’s renowned conservation consultancy – the team of Master’s students had undertaken intricate work to repair and restore the delicate artefacts. This process included the creation of a replica head for one of the three warriors, using advanced 3D printing techniques.

Terracotta heads - one of them is a 3-d printed replica. Can you guess which?

The exhibition also included an extensive collection of Chinese books, furniture, wallpapers, posters and textiles, and was organised by the University’s School of History & Heritage in conjunction with a conference that September, which examined encounters and relationships between the UK and China dating back to the 17th century.

It was the most popular exhibition ever held in Project Space Plus.

To Be Discussed

9th – 18th September, 2015

‘to be discussed’ was the title for the thought-provoking 2015 MA Fine Art Exhibition.

It was the work of four artists completing their MA degrees. Elizabeth Wright, Malynda Umland, Eleni Zevgaridou and Michael Wilde were showing how they had worked independently to portray issues of emotional and social experience in the complex collective and individual struggles we face as we move forward in our lives.


Elizabeth processed material repetitively to assimilate new realities of human experience and extend enquiry into emotion and the pain of loss.

Malynda examined the personal conflict between desire and postponement in a protracted emotional struggle to plan a family with all the sacrifice and denial it entails.

Through sculpture, Eleni examined body language and human nature in a social context. Her work demonstrates coexistence, relationships, loneliness, tolerance and prejudice.


Michael‘s work showed only brief glimpses of images in order to reduce the possibility of reinterpretation. A viewer could respond to one or two of them as being of thoughtful or emotional significance.

The artists had produced contemporary work showing a diversity of self-expression reflecting the human psyche and personal struggle.

As the title suggests they were providing material for deep thinking, personal consideration and future debate.


6th – 21st August, 2015

An Unexpected By-product

‘by-product’ was an exhibition which showcased the work of three artists; Diane Hall, James Hubble and Michelle Forrest-Beckett . The work was produced during their residency this academic year in the College of Arts as part of the national scheme ‘Artists Access to Art Colleges’ (AA2A).

'by-product' in Project Space Plus Gallery. Photography by Henning Schulze.

‘by-product’ in Project Space Plus Gallery. Photography by Henning Schulze.

The national AA2A Scheme gives selected practicing artists access to Art School workshops & facilities, providing a unique opportunity to develop new work with critical support to broaden each artist’s means of expression, techniques and processes. Students get to work alongside the practicing artists and this provides a rewarding and informative experience for both student and artist.

[Snobs and Clowns]

16th July – 1st August

A response to the MACE archive through contemporary art practice

[Snobs and Clowns] took place at the University of Lincoln’s Project Space Plus gallery from 16th July-1st August. Working in partnership with Media Archive for Central England (MACE) the project set out to explore the concept of archiving in a novel way, with artists taking into account not only the physical films that are archived within MACE but also the methods and equipment involved in the acquiring, archiving and digitalising of moving pictures.

Gallery Panarama

[Snobs and Clowns] was the final show in a series of free independent exhibitions that happened across Lincoln.  All the projects were curated by postgraduate students from the University of Lincoln’s MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice programme.

The artists were: Patricia Ferguson, James Richardson, Susan Pui San Lok, and Michael Wilde.

Ruth Ewan – The Difference

15 June – 6 September

Taking cue from Lincoln’s historic connections with Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest artist Ruth Ewan developed a series of workshops with young people from The Meadows Primary School which resulted in the realisation of a new work responding to the continuity of ideas put forward via these historic charters.


Through a series of close workshops with the artist, young people used these documents to provoke and articulate their own demands of their world. Through collaborative writing and drawing exercises they imagined places they want to see and laws they want to live by. These workshops resulted in a series of slogans, text works and drawn maps. Selected words and slogans from the workshops feature in a series of letterpress prints produced with The University of Lincoln’s Caseroom Press. One of the re-imagined maps was developed by Ewan and expertly crafted into an alternative globe. The globe was shown at the Lincoln Central Library, which was launched on 15th June, the anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.


 Three Times Around the Sun – Fine Art Degree Show

29th May – 6th June, 2015

The House Collective are a group of artists from The University of Lincoln.  Individually and collaboratively creating work in relation to aspects of the home environment.

The exhibition invites the viewer to become ‘at home’ with the strange.

Through-out a series called ‘House Moves’, the Collective will inhabit spaces with an ongoing series of installations and performance.  Developing from an ethos of ‘Open House’ the artists encourage responses to the events.  This invitation is open to all those who wish to unfold the possibilities of home.

Tape 1 Tape 2, by Jordan Baseman

16th April – 8th May, 2015

Jordan Baseman, Lincoln Law School artist in residence, launched his residency with a showing of Tape 1 Tape 2.

The film was based on an original recording made by a research worker from the Twin Studies Research Team, Institute of Psychiatry, London.  These  interviews were used by behavioural geneticists to study the content of the mother’s descriptions whilst also grading her expressed emotion towards her children.  The researchers measured things such as maternal warmth and kindness (and of course their absences) through listening to how the words were spoken and the subtleties of intonation.

As a filmmaker and artist Jordan dealt “in other people’s stories….. [however] a story told by Jordan Baseman is not the story he was told, and not the story that was expected.”

Jordan’s residency is part of the Lincoln Voices residency programme and part of Lincoln’s commemoration of  the 800 anniversary of signing of Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest.

Simón Granell’s Nov ‘07–May ‘09 (detail)

The Link – 13th March – 24th April 2015

“This work was initiated by being asked what I think about when I make a painting.  As with my painting the task was a simple one; to implement a deterministic structure, explore the transformative potential of a medium and see if these texts might act as a parallel to the processes used in my studio practice.” – Simón Granell

Simon Grannell the link

Nov ‘07 – May ’09 (detail) is a text work in two parts that invites reflection upon the status of the sources that satellite the creative process of an artist.  The work was initially commissioned for the accompanying publication to (detail), on view at the Usher Gallery until 19th April.  Granell’s work invites a closer look at the themes of the exhibitions and the painter in their studio through the use of text.

‘A.L.E., A Landscape Exhibition’, by General Practice

23rd February – 27th March, 2015

ALE (A Landscape Exhibition) took a skewed look at the subject of the landscape in art, identifying a ‘common-place’ territory with new points of departure. Participating artists were studio members of General Practice, which included alumni of the University of Lincoln.


Project Space Plus hosted a cumulative exhibition where new works were conceived, developed and exhibited in the public domain. Each artist framed their own re-construction and de-construction of the landscape, using analogue and digital media such as sound, sculpture, film and video.

General Practice is an art collective based in the city of Lincoln, developing a critically engaged artist-led programme with exhibitions, workshops and studio residencies.

Artists in the exhibition included: Nick Simpson & Rob Britt, Ross Oliver, Thomas Cuthbertson, James Hubble, Nathan Baxter, Dale Fearnley and Laura Mahony.

‘This is all I am going to say, you know what I mean’

3rd – 13th February, 2015

‘This is all I am going to say, you know what I mean’ was a touring group exhibition that brought together artists based in the UK and in China.  The first stop was Project Space Plus, Lincoln, with a wide range of artistic expression, by seven contemporary artists – Steve Dutton, John France, Chunmei Liu, Fang Lu, Mengmei Zheng, Tao Zhang and Eleni Zevgaridou.


Mengmei Zheng’s ‘I’m Fine’ (oil on canvas), and Fang Lu’s ‘Electric Poles and Kites’ (oil on canvas).


Chunmei Liu’s ‘Lost Dolls’, and ‘Box’ 1, 2, and 3 (ink on cardboard).

Their artworks ranged across traditional oil paintings, multi media works, Chinese ink paintings and contemporary sculptures, with a common theme of commenting on opacity in language, particularly in a spirit of critical realism.


Steve Dutton’s ‘Fickering State’ (ink/acrylic/pencil/watercolour).

An opportunity for cross-fertilisation between artists from the UK and China, the project went on to Beijing and Tangshan in China.

Entanglement, by Chunmei Liu

20th – 30th January, 2015

Chunmei Liu is a fine artist from Beijing, currently living in the UK.  Her artworks include oil painting, ink painting and sculpture.  Her recent works on paper, using simple stripes and lines, presents the wildest freedom and space on paper.

Guardians I & II a

Guardians I & II, oil

Following the intricate lines, the artist led us on a supernatural tour, explaining the connection among all creatures in the world, and their influence on each other.  The works recombined many fragments of life, which had a real or unreal relationship between them.  They were inspired by imagination as the collision of reality and dreaming, conscious and unconscious images.

Jungle II with viewer

Jungle II, pen and ink

Artificial Landscapes, by Zhang Tao

6th – 16th January, 2015

Tao Zhang is a contemporary artist based in China who currently lives in the UK.  His “man-made landscape” series was inspired by traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings.  In contrast with the beautiful traditional landscape, Tao Zhang “built” a so-called “modern landscape” incorporating the industrial waste and garbage of modern life and explored the consequence of destroying nature by our own hands.


‘Artificial Landscape, is my long-concerned theme,’ he wrote, ‘it is the keynote of this exhibition. The paraphernalia of modern human life, such as cars, pipes, steel, wires, and metal etc., constitute the artificial landscape by way of reorganization and overlay, and make people reflect modern civilization in a different perspective. Landscape ink painting, one of the important categories in Chinese traditional painting, is concerned with natural landscape. The very reason that I have created these artificial landscape paintings is that through these works I mean to trigger a different aesthetic impact.’

The Age of Wire & String – by Geoff Lee

Tuesday 2nd – Friday 12th December, 2014

As part of the ‘In Practice’ exhibitions.

This title refers to an early period in English science which devised an abstract speech system based on the flutter pattern of string and wire placed over the mouth during speech (a similar semi-random system is John Cage’s Sonata for Prepared Piano). The sounds produced were less than systematic and resulted in a tentative form of communication.

Age of Wire & String

The work in this exhibition was also tentative in taking a new direction and was quite speculative. Underpinning the work was the ‘blague’, a form of mockery and ridicule, which addressed aspects of contemporary culture. There were two strands to the exhibition: the handmade ceramic object and re-contextualised found objects.

CollageGrids, by Cilla Eisner

19th to 28th November, 2014

As part of the ‘In Practice’ exhibitions.

Cilla Eisner is PhD student of Fine Art at Lincoln University investigating the interplay of an inherited tradition (habitus) with the immediacy of human agency (reflexive deliberation) in practice-led research. The project sought to reconcile tensions and conflicts set up by the generative metaphor that was CollageGrids through building fragile propositional spatial compositions, composite constructions, in a rhythmic interplay of overlapping colour, line and text.


Originally from West London, Cilla has a background in education, in teaching and programme design at both secondary and undergraduate level. Alongside, she has maintained a studio based art practice, the output of which includes drawing, paintings and collaged works with ceramics and print.

Exhibiting in Lincoln at the Sam Scorer Gallery and the Usher Gallery, she is also a member of Lincolnshire Artists Society, a founder member of Art on the Map, Lincolnshire Open Studios and Lincoln Drawing Summer School. She has curated exhibitions which include drawings, prints and sculpture of Peter Peri (1899-1967), the paintings of John Horwill RCA (1927-1997), and is currently cataloguing the recent acquisitions of the Heslam Trust.

The Italic I

3rd – 14th November, 2014

Emma Cocker + Clare Thornton

Project Space Plus, Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts

The Italic I was a collaborative interdisciplinary project by Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, comprising sculptural, time-based and textual works for exhibition, animated by a series of live events.  Within The Italic I, Cocker and Thornton approach the gallery as gymnasium, a training space for exploring the different states of potential made possible through voluntarily surrendering to the event of a repeated fall.  The Italic I involved an attempt to slow and extend the duration of falling in order to suspend and elaborate upon its discrete phases or scenes, which in turn sheds light on the process of artistic collaboration itself and the making of meaning within creative labour.

The Italic I (double fall)The Italic I was animated by a series of live events including live performance actions, a performance reading and publication launch, and a reading group.

Triadic Disturbances 2

4th to 24th October, 2014

The work was a experimentation based around the ‘mischievous wind’, an artwork carried out by three artists: Annie Morrad –sound – Emma Osbourn -visuals – Beatriz Cantinho – movement – produced in Southern France in July 2013.

Projected film on three sides illustrated the audio.

Projected film on three sides illustrated the audio.

It used the invisible, improvisation, and the Mistral wind.  In rhythm, image and sound.  Annie devised the motif of the Mistral as a reference point for the artists to work with.  This was used as a metaphor for those unseen forces that have an effect on our lives; for example, laws, governments, history, culture and structures in society.  ‘The use of constructs was important because, as practitioners from different disciplines who had not previously worked together; we considered the need to have a structure to our work’.

The exhibition was an on-going improvisation in sound, image and movement. The sound is saxophone, the image is film and the movement is only perceived through wireless headphones worn by the audience.

This work was a response to a location based on the original concept, and was re-located into a variety of spaces and through free improvisation and the invisible new responses are created.

Carry On Regardless

Saturday 13th – Saturday 27th September

The MA Fine Art Show was called ‘Carry On Regardless’.  It featured work ranging from drawing and print-making, to installation and a performance sculptural piece.

Higgins' 'Aeterno Gratia' & Bruce's 'Waymarks'

The show’s theme was the ethos that failure is a natural part of our unfolding experience, obstacles offer opportunities, and confidence in one’s direction is more important than any knowledge of the destination.

The contributors included MA students Larissa Brennen, Mike Bruce, David Fowling, Jon Higgins, Laura Johnson, James Phaily, Duncan Rowland, and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice student Yao Wang.

Accidents Need Not Happen

25th June, 2014 – 11th July, 2014

Artists from the University of Lincoln delved deep into two historic archive collections for two concurrent exhibitions.

Accidents Need Not Happen was inspired by the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) and ran at Project Space Plus from 25th June to 11th July.

Run concurrently at The Collection was Some One Had Blunder’d, inspired by the Tennyson Research Centre.  It was held at The Courtyard Gallery, from 3rd July to 26th July.

Both exhibitions included work created by postgraduate students from the University of Lincoln’s MA Fine Art programme, with MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice students curating.  Artists and academics from across the University’s School of Art and Design presented their work.

Nine – Jewellery & Objects Degree Show

30th May, 2014 – 13th June, 2014

Contemporary jewellery created by undergraduate degree students.   Opened on Friday 30th May, at 6pm.  Featured a performance based on Indian dance.

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Find them on Twitter at Nine_LincolnUni.

Raqs Media Collective

13th May – 23rd May

Lincoln School of Art & Design: In Session Guest Lecture by Raqs Media Collective.

Exhibition: An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale 13 – 23 May at Project Space Plus at Lincoln School of Art & Design.

Masterclass: ‘Method and Mayhem of Archival Adventures’.


Curio presents the Owl Project’s Tricyclosynth

16th May, 2014

The Owl Project have been developing a new series of electronic analogue synth modules. Specifically designed to generate sounds and rhythms using physical movements, these can be used for augmenting machines (such as looms or lathes) traditionally used for producing and processing materials.

Owl Project worked with Tom Cretney and Nicolas Simpson, two Curators from Lincoln based artist collective General Practice to create a new performance based around augmenting the Curio tricycle.

The event took place on the  Sculpture Roof Terrace.


30th April, 2014 – 9th May, 2014

Four artists – Adrian Shaw, Joshua Lockwood, Nathan Baxter, and Thomas Cuthbertson – completed their AA2A residency at the University of Lincoln with an exhibition of still and moving image media and sculptural installations.

Private viewing event at 6pm Wednesday 30th April.

Joshua Lockwood - Bold

Joshua Lockwood – Bold

Nathan Baxter's Wojcik in the City

Nathan Baxter’s Wojcik in the City

The BIG Exhibition

7th April, 2014 – 11th April, 2014

This show brought together a range of creative courses at the University of Lincoln and showcased the variety of work produced.  The twist was that all work was only 6 x 6 x 6 inches or smaller in size.

The BIG Exhibition: art works against a yellow background.

The BIG Exhibition: art works against a yellow background.

Triadic Disturbances

April 4th, 2014

Live streamed to the Project Space Plus monitor, this was an experimentation based around the ‘mischievous wind’ – the famed Mistral wind.  An artwork carried out by three artists in Southern France in July 2013: Annie Morrad – sound; Emma Osbourn – visuals; Beatriz Cantinho – movement.  The artists found starting points for collaboration though a process of improvisation. In this sense the collaborative practice is as much about collisions and differences as it is about agreement or compromise.

A Machine Aesthetic

6th March, 2014 – 4th April, 2014

From the first daubings of pre-historic caves, through the invention of the camera obscura and ready-made oil paint in tubes, to the use of digital media, artists have been among the first to embrace and exploit new technologies…



Test Department

17th February, 2014 – 21st February, 2014

Artist Dr Alec Shepley used the Project Space Plus gallery as a temporary place of encounter and an informal arena for dialogue, thought, and action.  He said:

“ I propose inhabiting the space and interacting with anyone who wants to – students and colleagues, writers and curators, artists and non-artists – to allow something to emerge in the space and develop as on-going tableau – a test department”

The Typographic Dante.

13th January, 2014 – 7th February, 2014

A typographic work by Barrie Tullet.


In Process

15th November, 2013 – 17th November, 2013

An exhibition by level three students on BA (Hons) Fine Art. More information can be found here.

A Song for an Art School 

September 2013 – 9th May 2014


Frequency 2013

The Frequency Festival of Digital Culture takes place every two years across the city. We have a growing relationship with the Festival and were delighted to welcome it into our new home for 2013.

MA Design Final Year Show 2013

Students on the MA Design course produce a wide range of fantastic work that we were all too happy to show off in our space. The show received hundreds of visitors during its duration and was a brilliant way to open up the new building.