Launch - Saturday 1st March

1st March - 3rd May
Thursday - Saturday
12 - 6pm

This exhibition is the first to focus solely on BANK video works, bringing together three rarely seen videos: FuckShitWalk 1996, Viper / BANK TV 1996, and Conference 1998.

Active between 1991 - 2003 BANK was an artists' group that included Simon Bedwell, John Russell, Milly Thompson and Andrew Williamson, with and David Burrows and Dinos Demosthenous featuring in the early years.

The work of BANK was a comic and sometimes brutal relief from the convivial, jargon ridden and professionalised art world of the 1990s. An antagonistic, critical, sarcastic and jeering sensibility that ultimately cemented their part in the story of contemporary art in London with their works later finding their way into public collections such as the Tate, British Council and Printed Matter, NYC.

The 80 minute version of VIPER/BANK TV at Trade is a series of highlights from the hours of footage produced; VIPER/BANK TV featured over 130 artists including many familiar names including David Burrows, Tracey Emin, Hilary Lloyd, Bob & Roberta Smith among many others. This edited version includes Tracey Emin reading a poem, Bob & Roberta Smith performing in the style of an American evangelical preacher as well as an interview with Terry Atkison of Art and Language by Dave Beech “a stand-in for Richard and Judy”.

FuckShitWalk 1996, and Conference 1998, are a perfection of bad visual and conceptual taste, which collectively with VIPER/BANK TV provide an insight to the spirit of the moment; the pop, art and historical references of the time; the technical limits of VHS and the DIY nature of an important, energetic and caustic artists’ group.

1st March - 3rd May Thursday - Saturday 12 - 6pm, Free Entry

Trade, 1 Thoresby Street, Sneinton Nottingham, Ng11AJ

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BANK produced paintings, videos, print and curated exhibitions. Often the titles of artworks by BANK would interchangeable with exhibition titles and more often than not would be rude or downright silly, such as “COCAINE ORGASM”, “WINKLE THE POT BELLIED PIG AND HIS WOODLAND CHUMS”, “STOP SHORT-CHANGING US. POPULAR CULTURE IS FOR IDIOTS. WE BELIEVE IN ART!“ which went hand in hand with their various gallery names: BANKspace, DOG, and Gallerie Poo Poo.

They also produced the ‘FAX-BAK service, whereby press releases were sent back to various galleries, with added corrections such as highlighting theoretical inaccuracies and grammatical mistakes, each press release was also given a mark out of ten.

Recent exhibitions:

The Banquet Years:Relics And Archives, Mgk Elaine, Basel; The Banquet Years Motinternational, London; Xerography Firstsite, Colchester, Self Portrait: Relics And Archives Treize, Paris Bank curated By Gallien Dejean; Writer In Residence Ormeston House, Limerick, Eire; Rude Brittannia: British Comic Art Tate Britain, London; Grand National: Art From Britain Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway

image : 'Conference' 1998, and 'FuckShitWalk', 1996 courtesy of BANK and MOT international


Ruth Beale

Ruth Beale - Bikes, Caves Raves

Launch - Saturday 1st March

10th May (from 7pm) - 19th July 2014
Thursday - Saturday
12pm - 6pm

Ruth Beale's work at Trade is concerned with the aesthetic and intellectual outputs of groups, specifically the intersection between political and social arrangements and how everyday culture is archived and historicised. The exhibition is the result of a year's research into various groups' activities.

Taking a speculative position, the exhibition draws together various seemingly unconnected threads: Palaeolithic art from Creswell Crags in North Nottinghamshire, one man's recollections of Nottingham’s music scene in the 70s and 80s; the socialist roots of the Clarion Cycling Club; and the raves, graphics and music produced by the Spiral Tribe collective in the early 90s.

Visual material, texts and interviews are presented across the gallery's four rooms in drawings, prints and videos that distill and highlight shared elements. A series of events, to be announced as the exhibition unfolds, will address the leap from individual motivation to group behaviour.

Major recent exhibitions include ‘Bookbed’, 2013, Peckham Platform (London), ‘Performing Keywords’, 2012, shown at Turner Contemporary (Margate) and Het Veem Theatre (Amsterdam), ‘The Voyage of Nonusch’, 2010, a film commission for Whitstable Biennale made whilst artist-in-residence at the BFI (in collaboration with Karen Mirza), and ‘Now from Now’, 2011, an installation and performance exhibited at Cell (London), Government Art Collection (London) and Basel Kunsthalle. Other exhibitions and performances include Whitechapel Gallery (London), ICA (London), Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh), Kusthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), Jerwood Space (London), LGP (Coventry), David Roberts Art Foundation (London) and Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridgeshire).

Ruth Beale is currently working on ‘The Alternative School of Economics’, a collaboration with artist Amy Feneck and the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, ‘Performance as Publishing’, an artist-led project exploring the use of text in contemporary art.

She gained a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art in 2002, and an MFA from Goldsmiths in 2010.


Ruth Beale
Bikes, Caves, Raves
10th May (7pm) - 19th July 2014
Thursday - Saturday
12pm - 6pm

1 Thoresby Street
Nottingham NG1 1AJ
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