An insider's perspective: New exhibition of Notes

Image credit: Hannah Walker

A familiar magazine among arts students, now the group behind Notes are branching out with an exhibition called Image|Object|Image.

Why are you putting on an exhibition?

There are loads of cool artists and artwork being made at the moment but Cambridge doesn’t really have anywhere where we can see it. We want to bring some of the excitement of contemporary art to Cambridge and let everyone see what other students and young artists are making.

What exactly is Notes and specifically what is the exhibition all about?

Notes magazine is about ideas – we publish anything we feel is genuinely interesting or creative, from artwork to essays and creative writing. We want students to discuss and express the things that really interest them (instead of the stuff we churn out in weekly essays). The exhibition leads on from this, because it is a space to show off all the amazing things that students are making. The magazine itself reduces all the artwork to printed images, so we wanted to bring it all to life and get people talking about it.

Why the name Image|Object|Image?

We wanted to show the real objects of art, of which Notes magazine can only print flat images. We see this happening all the time around us, with real objects being turned into images through TV, advertising and the internet. The exhibition is about that relationship, and the other artwork that we’ve found also explores this theme in different ways.

How do you source your material?

People from all over the country (and even abroad) have submitted to the magazine over the last few years so we’ve selected the best of those to display. But we also spent lots of time looking at art school degree shows for things that really excited us. All of the works are being delivered at the moment, so it feels like Christmas!

What do you hope people will take away from the exhibition?

We hope people will think about art, and maybe images in general, in a new way. We want them to see all the different forms of art that are around – we’ve got videos, suspended sculptures, installations, silk prints and incredible drawings. Obviously a lot of thought has gone into the concept and picking the artwork, but the most important thing for us is that people enjoy it – lots of drink and live music on the opening night should help!

Opens Friday 28th February at 7:30pm, English Faculty. 


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