Neither Use Nor Ornament project (NUNO)

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Neither Use Nor Ornament showcased the work of 14 artists, including writers, who engage with objects in their practice and included performance, photography, new writing, art walks, sound art, drawing, digital art, sculpture and installation.
The exhibition ran from 30th March to 28th of April 2019 at OVADA, Oxford. The launch was well attended and extremely well-received. Visits from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, and MP Annalise Dodds were among the highlights. The exhibition itself, two performances by Naomi Morris, and a live poetry reading by Rhiannon Lloyd-Williams created many memorable moments.
Many thanks to Arts Council England (ACE) for supporting The NUNO project exhibition which was the outcome of artist Sonia Boué’s original ACE funded research.


Please click here to read or download the exhibition catalogue (PDF format). 

Our evaluation documents can be read here and here (PDF format)

Exhibiting artists – Information about the artists and links to their online spaces. 

Artist Panel video  – Artists Sonia Boué, Dawn Cole and Jenni Dutton were in conversation with curator Sarah Mossop at the OVADA gallery in Oxford. (link takes you to You Tube)

A Little Weightier than I Arrived – Rhiannon Lloyd-Williams reads her NUNO poetry collection.
Download the ebook of Rhiannon Lloyd-Williams’ NUNO poems (PDF)

Can We Talk? – An audio recording of artists Katherine May and Sonia Boué in conversation (link takes you to new website)

WEBworks – a mentor’s view – A short essay written by Miranda Millward, in response to the NUNO project. (PDF)

Not All Surfaces Catch The Light At The Same Time – A curated selection of blog posts by Sonia Boue, written during the NUNO project (PDF)

Other outcomes for the NUNO project:

Hugh Pryor delivered a warmly received photography workshop, as part of his #NUNO exhibition, Still in Motion at the Old Fire Station, Oxford on Saturday 8th December. Images from the workshop can be viewed here (Flickr album)

You can see Hugh in conversation with Sonia Boué at his Still in Motion exhibition here

Artist and performer, Naomi Morris used the #NUNO project to research her practice and explore new outcomes and new venues for her work. Watch Naomi’s research residency video here.

Poet, playwright and #NUNO artist Rhiannon Lloyd Williams wrote about her experience of being part of the project. Read Rhiannon’s blog post here.

Artist Kruse used the  #NUNO project to explore issues of isolation, autistic community and walking. Kruse podcasts about her work as an artist, you can listen to a podcast about her first #NUNO journey here.

NUNO founder and mentor Sonia Boué wrote about the challenges of developing an inclusive project and explores the issues surrounding diversity and inclusion:  What does inclusion look like?