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Neither Use Nor Ornament Exhibition #NUNOproject Public Opening!

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OVADA

14 Osney Lane

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OX1 1NJ

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#NUNOproject showcases 14 artists working across forms to transform everyday objects into fascinating art. Incl. live dance & poetry

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Memory. Identity. The things we love. #NUNOproject

Neither Use Nor Ornament (NUNO) is an exhibition that explores the way that we use everyday objects – like bottles, handbags and wool – to store our memories. By keeping collections of precious things, we create histories of love and loss, happiness and grief. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and possessions that hold great meaning for us may look very ordinary to everybody else.

The fourteen artists in NUNO use a wide range of techniques, including live performance, installation, video, sound, textiles, photography, sculpture, assemblage, and the written word. By offering an intimate glimpse of their lives, they invite us to delve into our own personal histories, from the memories that we enjoy, to the darker experiences of trauma and loss. But their pieces draw on wider meanings too: the personal becomes the political, offering commentary on social change; and family pasts point us to the broad sweep of history, in which people are displaced by powers beyond their control.

Ruth Geldard looks at the importance of our handbags, and what they carry for us. Kate Murdoch invites us to interact with objects from her collection and add our own touches to them. Kruse makes pilgrimages to her fellow artists, and knits a record of her travels. Sonia Boué draws on family possessions to create a conversation with her father. Some of the work is playful and encourages you to join in; other pieces allow you to stand back and reflect. NUNO shows how the things we own can transform us, and how an artist’s hand and eye can transform those objects all over again.

NUNO takes place in the characterful warehouse space of OVADA, and brings together two very different networks of artists to share ideas, influences and ways of interpreting the world around them. It is funded by Arts Council England and Oxford City Council Culture Fund, and presented in partnership with OVADA and Arts at the Old Fire Station

We welcome all audiences. Whether you feel part of the art world or outside it, NUNO aims to create an engaging and inclusive space to think about the meaning of the things we keep.

Booking is free and our event lasts from 12-9pm, but you may want to schedule your visit for a specific moment. Here is our programme to help you plan for optimal viewing.

NUNO programme

12- Doors open  

2pm - Formal welcome (details to be announced)

2.15 -3pm - Naomi Morris - Interactive performance 

3-5pm - Artist talks ( an opportunity to meet the aritsts and hear about our work)

6pm - Bar opens 

6-6.30 pm - Rhiannon Lloyd Williams - Poetry reading

8pm Naomi Morris - Performance ( adult content )

8.30 Last orders

9pm Close

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