See Here Exhibit Opening Night

Here are some shots from the opening night of the ‘SEE HERE’ exhibition, a big thank you to everyone who came…..


Trudi Entwistle Returns to Quarrylab

Artist Trudi Entwistle will be returning to Quarrylab this January, here is what she has to say about her own practice.

“I am a senior lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University and practice both as an artist and landscape architect. My artwork lies somewhere between the boundaries of land art, sculpture and design. It is site specific and investigates how sculptural forms integrate with their surroundings, interacting with human movement and the changing elements of light, weather, natural growth and decay. For more than fifteen years commissions have taken me to wild places and urban environments throughout the world, where my work, either temporary or permanent, has been used as a stage for theatrical production, play and social gathering or remains, simply, as a focus for the solitary act of contemplation.”

Trudi has spent a couple of days this week working on her new project in Sherwood Forest to be displayed in Nottingham later this year – updates to come in the near future, in the meantime why not check out her website for examples of her work.

Sculptor Andrew Harris visits Quarrylab

This month Nottingham based sculptor Andrew Harris has spent a few days with us thanks to our kind sponsorship from Nottingham Trent University.

Andrew Harris is a sculptor interested in the processes of urban progress and the disparity that exists in material integrity – how some objects survive for millennia, yet others vanish without trace.  Projects develop from ceramic or wood artefacts that are then left in the environment. Some are likely to be lost forever, but others have the potential to be discovered by the curious passer-by.

Also this month: local artist Daniel Jamie Polak from the village of Calverton has joined the Quarrylab team, he will be looking after the online and media related aspect of the organization as well as carrying out a short residency with Quarrylab in the new year!

Impossible Views – Private view

A wonderful evening at BGS headquarters for the opening of ‘Impossible Views’ on July 11th.

More that 150 attended with speeches by John Ludden BGS CEO, Roy Pickering Director Quarrylab, Associate Professor Mark Rawlinson, and Sir John Peace who officially opened the show.

Works on show are by Beverley Bennett, Matthew Chesney, Sardul Gill, and by Roy Pickering and Mark Rawlinson who also curated the exhibition. Artworks were displayed along side carefully chosen artifacts from the BGS collections. The great news is that the exhibition has now been extended until the end of 2017.

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Impossible Views 1st July – 13th August 2017

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QUARRYLAB in partnership with BGS have great pleasure in announcing that in July 2017 we will be staging an exhibition of artworks to coincide with the BGS annual open day. The exhibition will showcase work by Quarrylab artists alongside items and artefacts from the BGS archives and repository. Entitled “Impossible Views”, the show will draw parallels between art and science, and explore how research and experimentation in both fields can be mutually beneficial, specifically highlighting aspects of the natural world and the nature of creativity that cannot easily be seen.

The exhibition will include paintings drawings, photography, video, audio and mixed media work by artists Sardul Gill, Beverley Bennett, Paul Harraway, Matthew Chesney, Mark Rawlinson and Roy Pickering.

The exhibition will also look at ways in which the “STEM” education and research initiative can be extended to include art.
“STEM education (science, technology, engineering and maths) is based on skills generally using the left half of the brain and thus is logic driven. Much research and data shows that activities like arts, which use the right side of the brain, supports and fosters creativity, which is essential to innovation. Projects like Quarrylab will help the British Geological Survey (BGS) explore aspects of STEAM education (STEM + Arts) which adds a creativity element that is essential for science research innovation. The BGS is very much in favour of linking art, engineering and science with the economy and well-being”.
John Stevenson BGS Public Engagement and Web Editor.

Impossible Views” will be installed at Keyworth ready for the open day on July 1st and will be open to the public and educational establishments during the following weeks by appointment only until 13th August.

Beverley Bennett to visit Quarrylab October 2016

“Beverley Bennett’s practice revolves around drawing and the perpetual possibilities it possesses. Acts of play evolve into ritualistic, performative, labour intensive actions that generate a greater understanding of the processes of making, allowing the ‘visual’ to become secondary. Current works involves collaborative experiments with sound. Beverley Bennett lives and works in London”.


Paul Harraway to visit Quarrylab September 2016

“Paul Harraway (b.1971) lives and works in Lambley, Nottinghamshire. Born and raised in Hull, he studied Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University and worked as a designer at The University of Nottingham Medical School, followed by several years of secondary school teaching. Harraway uses drawing and digital media to create intricate, small-scale monochrome drawings and paintings. Recent works explore animism and autobiographical memory through the creation of rural and industrial landscapes, focusing on specific sites as pockets of wilderness and intrigue”.

Upcoming Shows include:

Paul speaks about the Quarrylab opportunity- “Quarrylab offers me the exciting opportunity to engage with fellow artists, academics and associated businesses within a short term residency of reflective art practice within an unique rural/historical/industrial location.”



Quarrylab Forum 2- July 4th 2016

A huge thanks to everyone who attended our second Quarrylab forum event on Monday evening, and for helping to make the event a big success. The weather man kept us guessing right to the end – but we managed to fit everything in without getting (too) wet!

Special thanks to Dr Lisa Mooney our chair and principal advisor; to our partners John Ludden from BGS, Skinder from NAE; to Mark from University of Nottingham and to Harminder, academic in residence at NAE; to Valentine for her really enlightening talk about the importance of land to the Maasai; and to our Quarry artists Sardul, whose work with Roy was on display, and Ben Harriot our most recent visitor to Quarry, who talked about his work and plans for future projects.

Many thanks also to Ian and Ade for their excellent performance of ‘Two Men; to Josh Osoro for his beautiful rendition of ‘Rufford Park Poachers’; to the hugely talented singer songwriter Andy Hollis who performed two of his own compositions; and to Gambian guitarist Ibrahim who finished the evening off with his unique blend of Ska, Reggae and traditional African music. A great night!