Exhibition Launch: Ridykeulous

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Join us to celebrate the launch of our new exhibition, Ridykeulous (Nicole Eisenman & A.L. Steiner, with Sam Roeck): Ridykes’ Cavern of Fine Inverted Wines and Deviant Videos.

Ridykes’ Cavern of Fine Inverted Wines and Deviant Videos features the work of over 30 “très gay” contemporary visual artists working across film, video installation, sculpture and performance. Within this deeply non-binaried proposition, Ridykeulous deploys their signature use of humour and subversion of language to critique the art world and heteropatriarchal culture at large.

Galleries Open 6.30-9pm

Blend at Contemporary Open until 11pm with delicious food and drinks.

Party the night away with DJ sets from Pussyfoot and Princess Trium and performances from Anat Ben-David, Deth Mettel and GulpXL in collaboration with Gasleak Mountain.

Ryan McNamara’s live work Anthromotivism (The Study of Watching People Do Something) will be activated in Gallery 3 from 6.30-8pm during the evening.

This exhibition launch, like all our programme, is free admission for all but donations are both encouraged and needed. As a registered charity, every donation – no matter the size – makes a big difference. Suggested donation £3. Thank you.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing info@nottinghamcontemporary.org or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Gasleak Mountain is a Nottingham based artspace and community interest company led by four artist-directors- Pádraig Condron, Charlie Dean, Harry Freestone and Renie Masters. Since forming in 2019, they have hosted exhibitions, workshops, performances and parties. They aim to be delirious, delusional and ludicrous; untrustworthy and strange in a hedonistic, exploratory way; somewhere distant and out of place, no-place; pungent, dramatic and monumental; inclusive and aware; non-repetitive; and a space to leave yourself at the door.

Pussyfoot aka Paul Francis Bryan is a visual artist based in Norwich and Nottingham. Formerly, he worked as a DJ, Club Promoter and Producer on Londons Queer Club scene for over 17 years (The Cock, Boombox, Body Talk) and has worked for Swedish singer Robyn, Alexander McQueen, and Parlophone Records.

Princess Trium brings a refreshing, bold and prolific take to electronic music. The half-Nigerian, half-Congolese artist mixes a melting pot of genres: electro, hip-hop, funk, global music and house. Her music draws on influences from Fela Kuti, M.I.A, SOPHIE, Timbaland, The Neptunes, and Tyler, the Creator.

Dr Anat Ben-David explores the freedom of live improvisation combined with traditional musical composition. Her collaborative and solo work is founded in experimental methodologies. With six solo albums Anat defies the semantics of the word ‘album’, reconfiguring the word to take on a truly interdisciplinary meaning. Anat’s background in the school of Visual Theatre, and as a member of electro–punk band Chicks On Speed, has led to projects such as Kairos OperaArt (2017) where live electronic-processing meets classical instrumentation in a fusion of musical genres. In her doctoral research Oscillation and Disturbance in the OpeRaArt (Kingston University, 2015) Ben David uses the term ‘OpeRaArt’ to explain her process of working as a constant oscillation between the systems involved.

Deth Mettel is a wicked witch from the West (East Midlands), a cosmic catastrophe, a hyper bison, a phantom hug, a changing face, an animal trapped, a restless metaphor, a psychic assault, a performance artist bringing their quantum physique with the dignity of a dog, that is to say, an extremely distinguished act.

GulpXL is a performance duo brought to you by Pádraig Condron and Charlie Dean. We are best friends who make work together because we feel okay exploiting each other without it being weird. We're really trying sincerely; and also hope to come across totally irreverent - like an off duty supermodel on a balcony, somewhere hot. Our work is often messy, caring, wet, desperate and not to be trusted.

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