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Group show: Jonbar Archaeology

23/05/2014 – 06/07/2014
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Jonbar points are a science fiction term pinpointing the moment where histories diverge. With one foot in reality and one in the imagination, the town architecture is excavated for spoken word, text, sculpture, photography, poetry and performance influenced by Rudyard Kipling and Alan Moore.

The artist takes on the guise of an archaeologist, uncovering hidden ‘histories’ for the duration of the exhibition. Starting with a map of Northampton, week by week, the artists and writers will contribute to the map with their findings.

Events accompanying the project include regular events such as the Crit Group, Show & Tell and creative workshops for families, as well as pop-up events by the artists and writers as they dig through Northampton.

Part of our Northampton Multiverse season.

Events:

Half Term Family Workshop

31 May 2014, 2 pm–4 pm

Venue: NN Education Space, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

Join artist Hannah Gaunt for an alternative way to explore the exhibition through making. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Artist talks: Aaron Head & Simon Woolham

6 June 2014, 2 pm

Venue: Room MR57, The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton NN2 6JD

Listen to artists from the exhibition talk about their work followed by a Q&A session.

Show & Tell

12 June 2014, 7 pm

Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

A night of networking for people in and around Northampton. If you are an artist or work in the creative industries, come along and meet other people who do too!

The evening takes a simple format of a short show & tell and a social! If you would like to make a short presentation at our Show & Tell evening get in touch with Catherine Hemelryk for details, Catherine@NNContemporaryArt.org.

Crit Group

17 June 2014, 7 pm

Venue: NN, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

NN hosts the Crit Group for artists at all stages of their career to

come together to discuss their work in progress, run by Kate Harrison. This June, theatre-makers Daniel Bye and Sarah Punshon will be arriving in Northampton to create Story Hunt. They will be dropping into Crit Group to collect tales of lost and forgotten Northampton.

Jonbar Cabaret

20 June 2014, 8 pm

Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

A night of poetry, performance, music, readings and stories by Jo Blake Cave, Ben Moor, Ryan van Winkle and others, followed by through-the-night interventions and performances in the lead up to Untune at St Crispin’s. Tickets £5 available from NN Café.

Untune at St Crispin’s

21 June 2014, 3:30 am

Meet at NN, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

This year at the summer solstice, you are invited to join us in commemorating the story of Doris Towers. We will use her story as an anchor for something more: a celebration of all that does not fit easily into our lives. A hike led by artist Jantine Wijnja will leave NN in time for us to watch the sunrise. Wear footwear ready for hiking and bring a bottle of water. Round trip will take approximately 3 hours.

Story Hunt

27, 28 and 29 June 2014

Venue: Departing from Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

Tickets are £6 and you can find out more and book tickets at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

Write Club

3 July 2014, 7 pm

Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

Write Club is for anyone wanting to brush up on their art writing. This edition of Write Club will look at artist statements and covering letters – bring samples of your writing (three printed copies of your texts) and any questions you may have about how to represent your practice through writing. Contact Catherine Hemelryk if you need further information, Catherine@NNContemporaryArt.org.

Film Night: A Field in England (2013)

3 July 2014, 8 pm

Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

The 17th century English Civil War is the setting for this historical thriller by director Ben Wheatley.

Culture Clash Quiz

4 July 2014

Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

The quiz beams into your frontal hemisphere once more. Questions on arts, cinema, literature, and who knows what else. Alien taste tests, audiovisual feeds of Orwellian stature. Go boldly… And bring a pen.

Throughout the project, artists and writers featuring in Jonbar Archaeology will perform pop up events in NN and across Northampton.

Daniel Bye, Jo Blake Cave, Aaron Head, Katherine Leyton, Ben Moor, Jonathan Prior, Jantine Wijnja, Ryan Van Winkle, Simon Woolham