Art in Nottingham: Tether
Tether Studios is used by visual artists who all graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2007.
Samuel Mercer and Liam Aitken
Tether was founded when a group of friends decided they wanted to stay in Nottingham and develop the community they'd started at university.
The studios are based above a carpet shop on Huntington Street at the edge of the city.
Along with the studio space they have a small gallery called The Wasp Room which is open to the public.
However, with its locality you would think they'd have trouble getting the public through the door. However, One of Tether's founders Samuel Mercer, says:
"For the last show there's probably been 200-300 people, considering how small the gallery is it's a lot more than we expected.
"We promoted it quite well and it's had good word of mouth."
There was a fear that with the arrival of Nottingham Contemporary it could push smaller spaces into obscurity. Samuel doesn't think that will be the case.
"[But] I feel like there's been a change in what's been happening Nottingham in the last two years and when it finally opens a lot of people will come and see what we're doing."
Another Tether founder Liam Aitken, believes Nottingham Contemporary can only help them.
"I can't see why not, because essentially we're all playing the same game. I wouldn't say we're in competition with them.
"I think it's great that there's going to be a big institution that will show international [artists]."
Tether is new and fresh and the artists involved are enjoying the experience but as they all get older, and priorities change, what's the future? Liam says:
"Tether was formed so we could act as a group and have more exposure for the work that we make...
"We'll do it for how long it's interesting for, in terms of making art I can't see it stopping, it's what I've always done since I was a kid."
Tether and the Wasp Room can be found at 17a Huntingdon St, Nottingham. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
last updated: 27/03/2009 at 13:30