Monday, October 27, 2008

It's Showtime! 21st - 27th October

An inspirational exhibition and a great cause

When local fund-raisers for a breast cancer charity decided to create a fund-raising calendar, it resulted in a unique and inspiring photographic project with an uplifting message.

ORBS (the oncoplastic reconstructive breast surgery unit at Nottingham City Hospital) is leading the way in pioneering breast preserving techniques that help women with cancer reclaim their lives and face the future with confidence and optimism.

Lead fund-raiser, Sally White planned to feature 12 women who had experienced breast cancer. Then creative agency Jupiter’s team worked with the subjects to explore their dreams, styling and shooting the photographs to create images that reflect their zest for life and unique stories.

Shot on location around Nottinghamshire, the photography formed the centrepiece for a week-long exhibition at the View From The Top gallery. Jupiter managed to raise £1700 on the opening night alone for ORBS, with still many calendars yet to distribute!
Visit the Jupiter Design website

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Moon Tree 14th -20th October

Lois Cordelia came a close second in our Cover Versions competition earlier this year. We decided to award her with an exhibition in the small gallery too!

We presented a collection of her work utilising intricate cut outs in her paintings in our professional gallery. It was a beautifully presented exhibition with fascinatingly detailed work.

For more information about Lois visit her website

Norsaca 8th -20th October

NORSACA is a charity which provides services and support to children and adults with autism and their families. NORSACA is celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008.

As part of their celebrations NORSACA are held an exhibition of artwork produced by students from its specialist school and further education college.

Autism affects the way people communicate and relate to those around them. It can make expressing ideas and building relationships more difficult.

For people with communication difficulties art can be an important way of expressing their thoughts and feelings, and developing new ways of communicating.

Each person with autism is a unique individual with their own abilities and needs. Each pupil’s personality is also reflected in their artwork.

For more information on the work of NORSACA please visit their website at or call 0115 976 1805.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rachel Daws - Contemporary Photographer 7th - 13th October

Using the home as a base for the work links to the philosophical views of Gaston Bachelard who believes that the house is a shelter for daydreaming and creativeness and Sigmund Freud’s theories on the uncanny and dreams and daydreams. The work of Uta Barth, concerned with time, space, the familiar and the act of looking itself can also be contextualised within my practice. Gaston Bachelard once wrote;

“The house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer,
the house allows one to dream in peace.”

The work is constantly evolving, using the inclusion of windows, curtains, fences and barbed wire to create a barrier between the home and the outside before I make a subconscious movement out into the city. It is the shift between internal and external that these barriers begin to disappear as I leave the creative shelter that is the home and venture out into and embrace another type of familiarity; places that are passed and pondered upon. The vast empty skies allow a sense of wide open space and stillness to dominate my external everyday, which is not usually experienced within a city so full of noise and hustle.

R.Daws 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

24th September -6th October - Manhattan Gallery - Clearance Sale!

'Best little gallery outside New York'

Manhattan Gallery closed in 2006 and another great independent business was lost from Nottingham City Centre. View from the Top persuaded Rosemary Pearson to bring her amazing stock and knowledge to the High St just once more and give them a new home!