Aftermath 2021

Installation view of the 'Aftermath' gallery space, featuring the work of seven artists.

Aftermath is an annual collaborative project between Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Trent University. Postgraduate students have worked together to produce, design, create and document a new art exhibition. This project gives students the experience of working within a rich team, sharing ideas, peer-learning and professional experience.

Fine Art students researched the recent exhibitions Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio and Jimmy Robert: Akimbo to develop new work, taking inspiration in various ways from themes and media. Interior Architecture students designed the exhibition, a Photography student documented the making of the exhibition and the graphic design was carried out by an International Fashion Management student.

Aftermath 2021 is a group exhibition of seven artist’s works, in a range of media including sculpture, sound, installation and painting. Over recent months, the artists have re-imagined their fine art practices and faced challenges in making new art. Through mostly virtual explorations and discussions, this new material body of artworks represents how individual artists have combined interpretation with developing their practice.

To accompany the show, the students have produced a striking newspaper with features on each student - artists, photographer, exhibition designers and the graphic designer. Behind-the scenes images and texts reveal the processes and inspirations, showing how individual talents and practices merge in both virtual and material ways.

Katy Culbard, Programme Manager at Nottingham Contemporary has guided the students through the project since October 2021. “It’s been brilliant to see this project materialise, and to witness the resilience of the students taking part: what a true test of collaborative working, creative thinking and adapting practice. I’m thrilled that Aftermath 2021 will be part of the long waited re-opening celebrations at Nottingham Contemporary – a perfect way to showcase the longstanding partnership between us a Nottingham Trent University”.


Click on the students' names to view behind the scenes content, photographs of artwork & more...

James Briggs holding a book in front of a laptop and a diary.
James Briggs using a piece of technology next to a laptop.
Melissa Cerriku sat down on some steps with a laptop and smiling at the camera.
WooSun Choi with their back to the camera as they paint white over a pink background.
Close-up detail of WooSun Choi's artwork. A tree is painted within streams of pink.
Luke Knight looking downwards as he moves paint across a canvas.
A close-up of Luke Knight's painting.
Janhavi Sharma facing away from the camera as she paints.
A projected image below a circular item and a piece of material stretched across.
Amy Sidebotham wearing a mask and protective gloves whilst working with material.
A mould of a body on top of a marble surface next to a rose.
Klara Szafrańska facing away from the camera as she cuts into a sculpture.
Klara Szafrańska moving an orange and black sculpture.


Dina Hegab drawing an outline next to a cardboard structure and a laptop.
Two statues next to a white curtain.
Qin Zheng wearing a mask and looking downwards at a piece of paper.
Dina Hegab looking away from the camera whilst sat in front of a cardboard structure and a laptop.
Alexandra Craciun behind a painted face.
A laptop showing the logo design of 'After Math'
Kathleen Stewart wearing a mask and pointing a camera and tripod.
Kathleen Stewart pointing a camera and tripod towards a colourful green, orange, pink, red and yellow artwork.

The Making of Aftermath 2021

Exhibition Installation

Multiple materials and crates of equipment used to set up the exhibition lie in the middle of the art works that are still on the wall.
Carts of materials in the middle of the art work.
Two After Math contributors standing together.
James Briggs wearing a mask and moving fabric across a table.
James Briggs looking upwards at a black and white chevron patterned piece of fabric.
Klara Szafrańska making adjustments to the bottom of her sculpture.
Klara Szafrańska and James Briggs looking at Klara's orange and black sculpture.
Klara Szafrańska making adjustments to the bottom of her sculpture.
Klara Szafrańska making adjustments to her sculpture.
A man wearing a mask next to Klara Szafrańska's sculpture.
Klara Szafrańska's green and black statue.
A hand placing something in to a jar of fruit. Three jars are present and each also has a piece of glass inside.
Two art works placed on the wall whilst an art work in the middle is placed on a table with a piece of material flowing from the bottom.
A photo of some of the art work.

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