The Carnival of Monsters Art Festival

The Carnival of Monsters Art Festival

13 October 2012 12:00 - 27 October 2012 18:30

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Bartons plc - TH Barton Hall 63 High Rd, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG9 4AJ, UK

In 2011 we held our first Carnival of Monsters Contemporary Arts Festival which attracted over 4,000 visitors to a site extending over 2 acres. The art was on a massive scale and some pieces were created especially for the event. We had an artist in residence and the community liked the way that the industrial setting was not precious - a refreshing approach to exhibiting art.

This year we are aiming higher. From 13th - 27th October the event will comprise over 40 artists and include shows from The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University as well as The Big Draw for children to take part and the Black Arts Month event for all to join in. This is all free to come in and look around and gives locally working artists a platform to show their works to the public.

Once again the Carnival will host the Oxjam Music Festival which was hugely successful last year.

When is the Carnival of Monsters Open?

We're open every day from Sat 13th - 27th October from 12 -6pm (apart from Mondays and Tuesdays when we'll be closed)

What is there to see?

• See work from over 40 Artists all FREE
• 13th Oct, 1 - 5pm Creative Carnival FREE (Kids Event)
• 20th Oct, 1 - 5pm The Big Draw FREE (Kids Event)
• 20th Oct, Oxjam Beeston Takeover (Ticket Only)

Where is it all happening?

Bartons: 61 High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 4AJ

As we get closer to the opening of this years festival we'll be introducing you to the artists that will be exhibiting with us this year. At the same time we'll be adding them to this years artist directory.


Who's Exhibiting? (more to follow)

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University of Nottingham Artists
(Exhibiting in the houses next to the Gallery, Villas 1,2)

This year we are very excited to be exhibiting work from 10 fine artists from the University of Nottingham. They will be taking over 2 of the houses on High Road between the Gallery and the Large Bartons buildings. To see examples of each of the artists exhibiting visit our 'This Years Artists' page, to list all artists from the University click on the 'University Tag' under the artists name.

All artists are showing with the University of Nottingham's BA Fine Art:



Socket (Artists Group - Docking Shop 2)

Socket is a visual arts collective, formed in 2011. Based in the East Midlands, it is artist led and offers mutual support to its members. It provides a forum to further individual careers, promote independent practice and forge beneficial working relationships with other artists, curators and professionals within the visual art field. The diverse practice of the group is reflected through painting, printmaking, installation, three-dimensional work and digital media.

Find out more about Socket's work visit -

Or visit 'This Year's Artists' and all exhibiting Socket Members are in there.


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Liz Sparks (TH Barton Hall)

Liz's work is an exploration of tensions in our relationship to environment. Her use of wool as a sculptural medium draws on our evolving connection with the natural.

She will be exhibiting "Crypsis", and " Spore " a response to the volume of Barton's airy Depot lightly invading its industrial surfaces with luminous sensation.

Find out more about Liz's work -


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Rachel Carter (Docking Shop 2)

Rachel will be exhibiting her willow sculptures first designed for the grounds of English Heritages Bolsover Castle and then exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011.

Willow withies are woven onto a strong frame of mild steel, which creates a structural skeleton for the sculpture. The metal frame will slowley change colour as it is weathered by the elements to blend seamlessly with the woven willow, which is preserved in the traditional manner with boiled Linseed Oil.

Find out more about Rachel's work at


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Sheila Ravnkilde (Docking Shop 1)

For Carnival of Monsters 2012, Sheila Ravnkilde will be installing COLUMNS – 12 COLOURS.
The COLUMNS will be spaced wide enough apart to invite the viewer to walk between/around them.

COLUMNS will create a constantly changing experience for the viewer, of changing relationships between the colour forms, between the viewer and the columns, and the columns in their architectural context.

Each column is approximately 8ft x 1ft x 1ft, constructed in MDF and painted with acrylic paint and medium.

Find out more about Sheila's work at


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Emma Dexter (TH Barton Hall)

Recently Emma exhibited her sculpture “Vortex2″ At Outlook Festival, Croatia, And At The Rag Factory, London, With The Lava Collective Gallery, During 2011. The Structure Constructed For This Work Simulates The Tardis, Creating The Illusion Of Infinite Space Within The Sculpture. The Multiplied Speakers Pulsating To Low Bass Dub Music.

Find out more about Emma's work at

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