NWUK is Chisenhale Gallery’s ground-breaking open submission project. NWUK profiles ambitious contemporary art being made in the UK. It provides a public platform for incisive new work which had not been seen until its presentation at Chisenhale. Selections for NWUK 2000 were made by: Sune Nordgren, Vong Phaophanit, Simon Wood, Sue Jones and Tamsin Dillon.
For 2000 the selection focuses on questions of space and plays with issues of habitation.
NWUK 1: 12 July – 16 July 2000
Open University is a unique collaboration between Kevin Heavey and his father Thomas Heavey. For NWUK, Kevin created a remarkable ‘mud pod’, into which visitors can slide themselves on skateboards; once inside the pod they can listen to stories, songs and poems recorded by Heavey senior.
NWUK 2: 19 July – 23 July 2000
Unfound is a group show featuring works shielded by a maze which was specially constructed for NWUK. Focusing on ideas of the labyrinth and psychological notions of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, Unfound incorporates work by Ann-Marie Coxon, Dave Beech, Laura Emsley, Ben Fitton, Mark Hutchinson and Lindsay Seers.
NWUK 3: 26 July – 30 July 2000
NWUK concludes with a solo show: Sprawl, by Graham Seaton. Seaton cast small found objects and arranged them into gridded cityscapes across Chisenhale’s vast floorspace. Seaton’s work creates a space which distorts the viewer’s sense of scale and questions their perceptions of reality.