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Sculpture: a Fabrication

10 November 2017

AIR Gallery and A4 Studios are proud to host the work of Manchester-based artist Nicola Ellis. Ellis will be creating a site-responsive installation as part of her research and development project Sculpture: a fabrication, funded by Arts Council England.

Ellis’ research seeks to explore the mechanics of large scale public sculpture commissioning, the artist/fabricator dynamic and how the artist’s hand can be present in elements of sculpture fabricated by others. This project builds on Ellis’ previous project Play/pause: the turbulent history of UK steel which took place within large scale industrial steel sites and communities; considering the socio-political factors brought about by large-scale industry in decline.


This site-responsive work will be the second in a series of sculptures questioning the relationship between sculpture, architectural space, materials and process.


The grand unveiling of the work will take place on November 10th 2017 and will also mark the unveiling of our new performance space and soft launch of our studio complex at A4 Studios. The launch will also coincide with AIR's November exhibition Curiosities, showcasing curious and unusual artwork from across the UK.


Nicola Ellis is represented by Mark Devereux Projects. Mark Devereux Projects works with artists to advance their respective practices and careers by providing high quality, tailored professional development. For more information please visit


Curated by Nicola Ellis 

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