A collaboration by artists Alan Ward and Neville Gabie the immersive installation is a response the one of footballs first ever songs recorded by Gracie Fields in 1932. Born in Rochdale, Gracie was a passionate football fan. The concept of this installation was to have the words of the song reinterpreted into numerous languages and performed on the terraces at Rochdale FC. We worked with the Nigerian Community Choir, The Rochdale Dialect Choir, The Retired Choir, The Ukrainian Choir and with a Hindi Singer and Sitar player. Whilst the installation is now over, we are currently making a single screen version of the filmed work.
The project included the production of a limited edition publication
Two Posts and AnField Published By Pitch Publications ISBN 9-781801-501996
Is a collaboration between Neville Gabie and Stephen Done, curator of the Liverpool Football Club Museum. It is part travelogue following the journey of Mo Salah from Nagrig, Egypt to Liverpool. It tells the story of Avi Cohen the first Jewish Israeli player to sign for Liverpool and it considers the challenges of Liverpool’s first Black player, born in Toxteth and paving a way for the stars of the future. The book includes many hidden treasures from the Museum Archive as well as several of Neville’s goalpost photographs.
Me, Myself, I, curated by Tessa Jackson OBE for the reopening exhibition at the RWA Bristol 2022 included a work by Neville Gabie entitled Nachum
‘My grandfather’s brother, after whom I am named, had this photograph [on right] taken in Riga, in the 1920s. He, along with my great grandparents, was shot dead in Riga in 1941 and this is the only remaining record. Had he lived he would have been 59 when I was born. So in my 59th year I wanted to make a self-portrait [on right], which made a connection across that broken divide. Having the garments replicated revealed that they were either borrowed or hand-me-downs, as they are clearly too large. It suggests the family were not wealthy. The reasons for the original photograph remain unclear, perhaps it was an attempt to get documentation to leave the country and join my grandfather in South Africa. He looks out anxiously into a future he did not know. I look back into the past and the unbreachable chasm between us.’ Neville Gabie
Nachum means ‘comforter’ in Hebrew
There is an exhibition catalogue with text by Tessa Jackson and Lara Perry ISBN 978-1-911408-88-8
The Design Museum, London 7th April – November 2022
Six photographs from Neville’s archive of one thousand two hundred images are included as part of this significant football exhibition. The Observer and Guardian Newspapers have used in a printed article and online in advance of the exhibition opening featuring these and other images from the archive .
We are coming very close to the end of this first phase of Living-Language-Land – sharing 26 words from minority and endangered languages to offer fresh inspiration for tackling our environmental crisis.
We have also put together a short film reel about the project that will be played in the British Council pavilion in the Blue Zone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Uas7X-pKMA. And we are continuing to talk about the project everywhere we can!
This project has been co-curated by Neville Gabie and Philippa Bayley and is funded by The British Council Creative Commissions For COP26
More Together Than Alone – East Quay, Watchet until 3rd January 2022
Curater By Neville Gabie and Tessa Jackson OBE, More Together Than Alone is the opening exhibition of this amazing new arts, cultural and social building in the heart of Watchet, Somerset. The vision of the Onion Collective, East Quay Watchet is a new model for social enterprise.
As the first exhibition it was vital to involve the community – to support young talent and to place East Quay at the forefront of international contemporary practice. So alongside Neville’s own work, we commissioned Deanna Payne, a young performance poet to make a new work, as well as inviting internationally recognised Suzzane Lacy form LA to exhibit a previous work made in response to a former mill workers community in Pendle. Central to all the work, and the inspiration behind much of it was an invitation to anyone in the local community to make an artwork in a bottle which summed up ‘the essence of Watchet’. Without being able to work directly with the community during Covid, these bottles made by more than 100 people, guided the direction and shape of the exhibition.
Centre of Gravity – Gardner Haskins Building Bristol 25th September 2020 – 31st October 2020
Whats Left – A three person Exhibition of artists Neville Gabie, Jeremy Wafer and Wood&Harrison, curated by Tessa Jackson as part of Centre of Gravity project. This exhibition occupies to whole of the third floor of the former warehouse. For more information and directions see; https://www.centreofgravity.uk
A six week screening programme curated by Tess Charnley for the Danielle Arnaud Gallery
20th April – 30th May 2020
Neville Gabie’s film Experiments in Black and White XXXemerges from research he was commissioned to do in 2019 by UCL (University College, London, Trellis Commissions) into the impact of Motor Neuron Disease, which included visiting with Mrs Begum, a woman in the last debilitating stages of the disease. Much of that initial research remained unresolved until it found a fusion with Neville Gabie’s own concerns in performance, drawing and endurance. With the artist in a fixed position, his shoes nailed to the floor, Experiments in Black and White XXXexplores the very limits of reach and movement. Confined to the studio, in a strange irony this work only found its final form during the last few weeks’ COVID-19 induced lockdown, a time when all our social interactions and movements have been drastically limited.
On Sunday 16th September 2018 Neville Gabie did a live performance involving breaking up a large boulder of chalk with which to draw on the prototype m2 Gallery Pavilion designed by Ken Taylor Architects. See http://www.m2gallery.com
The pavilion also contains 4 windows each with a video installation of work by Neville Gabie.
We are launching the new 4 x m2 Gallery pavilion with an exhibition and performance event by Neville Gabie. Neville will be showing work both in the m2 Gallery and the new pavilion.
This event is part of the Peckham Festival.
Since his Leverhulme funded residency with the Cabot Institute at Bristol University in 2012, Neville Gabie has continued to develop a body of work entitled Experiments in Black and White.
The reference is intended to reflect on the scientific approach to research, which seeks absolute clarity and concrete answers through processes, which are often speculative. Gabie’s ‘Experiments’ on the other hand have at their outset the task of a single straightforward action, but one, which inevitably results in the unexpected.
For the M2 Gallery Neville will create a new performance work using a large block of chalk. This will inform a series of film-based works to be exhibited in the new m2 pavilion.
Cambridge Rules 1848 Parker’s Piece Cambridge. A sculpture by Neville Gabie and Alan Ward
Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture by artists Neville Gabie and Alan Ward was launched on Parker’s Piece Cambridge on May 12th 2018 with two football matches taking place – a Men’s and Women’s, Town’s V Gowns celebration of the location of the first written rules of football in the modern era.
The sculpture marks the location, Parker’s Piece, Cambridge, where the first rules for football in the modern era were written in 1848. The concept of the sculpture is a single piece of granite, 3 metres tall and 1.5 metres wide, with the rules inscribed on the cut outer edges in numerous languages. This huge block was then split into 9 vertical columns, of which 4 are located on Parker’s Piece.
Each of the other 5 stones will be installed at 5 different locations around the world, Brazil, Kenya, India, China, Egypt, to acknowledge how football has spread around the world to become so international.
Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London 13th January – 17th February 2018 Co- curated by Danielle Arnaud and Tessa Jackson
performance photograph – David Rickard
‘Whilst artist in Residence with the Cabot Institute, Bristol University, I spent some time with staff in the department of mathematics. One professor I spoke to talked about his ongoing research to ‘measure and define infinity.’ That whole conceit struck me as being as close to the elusive nature of art itself as anything else. Watching him work was also a revelation. He worked on three large blackboards with chalk and a duster, writing and rubbing out a whole series of equations, moving from one to the other with such speed and intensity, that the whole experience required great physical exertion. He was engaged in what is perhaps the frontline of pure maths, but working with one of the most ancient of natural materials, chalk and in doing so, particles, many millennia old, were being broken to dust as they fell to the floor. When he had finished I was curious to know why he worked in what seemed like a basic way with chalk and a board. Why not a computer? His answer itself made such sense in relation to my own practice. What he talked about was the relationship between the hand taking a physical action and the speed and way in which the brain, his brain, could process his thoughts. The understanding and the processing of thought through action, is exactly the point at which our work intersects.’ Neville Gabie
This is Neville Gabie’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, which includes photography, film and a performance work by the artist. The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Tessa Jackson and is intended as the basis for a much larger exhibition of the artists work.
Gallery Photographs by Oskar Proctor
one hundred pieces – liverpool 2000
one hundred pieces – liverpool 2000
Experiments in black and white – gallery performance
Expriments in black and white -gallery installation
Experiments in black and white detail
Experiments in Black and White XXII -video projection
Experiments in Black and White XIX
Hours of Darkness – continous drawing from sunset to sunrize – detail
Hours of Darkness – top drawing, Stroud, winter Bottom drawing Eynhallow, Orkney – summer
SHORTLISTED – Breaking Ground was shortlisted for the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017. Just seven sports books from several hundred put forward were shortlisted for the awards at the BAFTA building, Piccadilly, London. Whilst we did not win the award, for a crowd-funded arts publication to make such a shortlist, was unique in itself.
The project an publication was reviewed and featured in numerous national and local newspapers as well as on radio 4, Yorkshire Television etc.
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia – 3oth September – 3rd December 2017Curated by Latrobe Regional Gallery, Australia / Modern Art Projects South Africa.
The exhibition features South African artists film-based works from a programme conceived by Abrie Fourie for Modern Art Projects South Africa and first screen at Tate Modern, London. Neville Gabie’s work Experiments in Black and White XIII, filmed in Richmond, South Africa documents the artists 8 hour performance work standing on a block of ice whilst it gradually melted.
Constructing Connecting Private view 12.30- 3.30pm Sunday 10th September 2017
Croxteth Hall, Liverpool L11 1EH
This summer artists Neville Gabie, Patricia MacKinnon-Day and Paul Rooney have been re-reading Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists creating an exhibition around its themes and in the context of Liverpool’s Croxteth Hall stately home.
Four schools have been invited to run a parallel project. (more details of this to follow)
Please join us at Croxteth Hall for the official opening on Sunday 10th September . The artists will be there to talk about their ideas inspired by Robert Tressell’s novel. This will be followed by tours of the house and exhibition.
Neville Gabie has just launched a new website featuring a selection of photographs taken over the last 21 years of football goalposts from around the world. This selection is a small glimpse of the over 1200 images he has taken in 5o different countries. Work from his archive has been exhibited at three World Cup Finals, in Japan/Korea 2002 – Germany 2006 – South Africa 2010. He has also exhibited the work extensively around the world in Portugal, Germany, Macedonia, Switzerland, at FIFA headquarters and in the UK including at Tate Liverpool and Tate Modern.
The website has been designed by Sebastian Ward, Axis Graphic Design, Manchester
National Football Museum, Manchester England March 27th 2017 – June18th 2017
A selection of the work made as part of the onsite project in Bradford will be on exhibition in the main gallery of the National Football museum. Breaking Ground was funded by the National Football Museum and Arts Council England with lead artist Neville Gabie, archaeologist Jason Wood and artist/graphic designer Alan Ward.
Neville Gabie was invited to make a new work as part of the exhibition programme Fountain 17. It brings together two key historical events – the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s Urinal and the 200th anniversary of the company Armitage Shanks. With an historical connection to Hull, the exhibition was commissioned as part of Hull’s artistic programme for Capital of Culture 2017.
Neville Gabie spent several days at the factory works where the very simple notion of remaking a urinal as a functional drinking fountain actually required a major process of remodeling. Duchamp’s Urinal significantly changed the way we think about art from a conceptual perspective. The intention of recreating it as a functional drinking fountain stems from the idea of inviting the audience to become ‘active participants’ with the work
Public View – Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool 4th Feb 2017 – 23rd April 2017
Curated by Gallery Director Bryan Biggs, the exhibition brings together work by 100 different artists who have previously exhibited at the Bluecoat Gallery. Neville Gabie exhibited 6 goalpost photographs as part of the exhibition – 3 taken in Liverpool and three from Belfast Ireland
Ladies of Gent – a project by Neville Gabie and Alan Ward
Commissioned by East Street Arts and ExSports, Artists Neville Gabie and Alan Ward chose to develop a project with KAA Gent Ladies Football team. Given the lack of funding, poor support and discrimination experienced by many women’s football teams, the artists decided to produce a football type sticker book celebrating the achievements against all odds of these dedicated players.
Ladies of Gent – players visit the publication on press at Graphius- the book launch and pop-up exhibition
Breaking Ground is a newly completed project by Lead Artist Neville Gabie with the National Football Museum and funded by Arts Council England. Working alongside archeologists Jason Wood and Chris Gaffney and with artists Alan Ward, Louise O’Reilly, Giorgio Garippa and Oliver Palmer, the project involved a two week dig over two years on the former football ground of Bradford Park Avenue. The book launch will be followed by an exhibition at the National Football Museum in November 2016.
Breaking Ground Book Launch – Horsfall Stadium, October 2016
Stades; Past and Future. Olympic Museum, Laussane, Switzerland 13th October 2016 – 7th May 2017 Neville Gabie’s work as artist in residence for the Olympic Delivery Authority during the construction of the Olympic Park in Stratford, London has been included in this survey exhibition of the building of Olympic venues. In addition to the exhibition, which includes a catalogue, the work Freeze Frame, made by Neville Gabie on the Olympic Park and based on Seurat’s Bathers at Asnieres has been purchased for the Olympic Museum Collection.
Pier Arts Centre, Orkney – September 3rd – November 5th 2016
Curated by Susan Christie in partnership with the Pier Arts Centre
A solo exhibition of work by Neville Gabie, which includes projects from Antarctica, Achiltibuie, Western Highlands, Scotland and WOMAD. Neville Gabie will also be showing some of his performance based works and will do a performance in the gallery on the opening weekend. The key theme of the exhibition is based around a number of collaborative projects, most notably AFLOAT, a film developed over 18 months with a small coastal community on the west coast of Scotland. Other collaborative works include Collective Breath – a work made with the collected breath of 1111 festival goers at Womad Music Festival, commissioned by WOMAD World of Art Curators, Jeni Walwin and Tammy Bedford; A project developed between the artist and his wife Joan based on Neville’s 4 months spent in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey [artists and writers programme] and a film made with Semra Yusuf a bus driver on the Olympic Park London during construction.
The exhibition has an accompanying catalogue with an introduction by the Pier Arts Centre Curator Andrew Parkinson, an essay by Moira Jeffrey and a text by Susan Christie, who commissioned Afloat.
There is also a complete transcript of a open gallery discussion between Moira Jeffrey and Neville Gabie. for a PDF please follow the link neville-gabie-and-moira-jeffrey
Further information and film footage of the Chalk Performance in the gallery, as well as gallery views, please click onto the Pier Arts centre link below;
The Exhibition curated by Simona Nastac, supported by the Paul Neagu Estate and Fundatia Triade, focuses on the works of Paul Neagu, the influence on his practice by Contastin Brancusi, and the subsequent influence that had had on a whole generation of artists. The exhibition, which includes Brancusi’s The Kiss, also has early darwing works by Tony Cragg, documentation of a performance by Anish Kapoor and three performances in the gallery during the exhibition by Neville Gabie, Nigel Rolfe and Vlad Nanca and Nona Inescu.
‘Thirty four years ago, in 1982 when still a 23 year old student, I traveled to Tirgu Jui, in Romania specifically to see Brancusi’s most significant public work – the Endless Column, The Kiss Gate and The Table of Silence. Prior to going I had written a letter to Paul Neagu asking him about the work. His reply was that if I really wanted to understand Brancusi I needed to go and see for myself. He was absolutely right. That experience and the work has significantly influenced my own practice ever since. All those years ago it was not possible for me to get to Craiova to see Brancusi’s first version of The Kiss. Seeing that sculpture now moved me to tears – and to be performing my own work less then ten feet away was an experience I will always cherrish.’ Neville Gabie
KISCO furnace 6 Kunming China – audio recording 2016
The Weight of Iron Carried from China for You
Belval Luxembourg – opening 2nd July 2016
Neville Gabie was selected along with nine other international artists to work on a residency/commission in Belval Luxembourg. The project invited artists to work in response to a former Iron plant – once part of Luxembourg’ very significant iron production industry. Of the three iron furnaces, two are now preserved as national monuments and one, the most modern, was sold to China in 1996. Neville Gabie tracked it down and visited the still operating furnace at KISCO steelworks in Kunming China. With an invitation from the state owned company he traveled to China assisted by Stuart Ward. Together they recorded the sounds of the functioning furnace as well as sounds from the working and residential community of the KISCO village. This work will be presented as a three month audio installation in and around the concrete foundation remains the furnace in Luxembourg. An accompanying film will also be screened on a separate location.
Please see attached press release for information about all the artists work – dates and times
Bideford Black: The Next Generation Burton Art Gallery, Bideford.
3rd October – 15th November 2015
Joan and Neville Gabie have been working on a collaborative commission with Social Geographer Ian Cook on a series of film based drawings, working with the pigment Bideford Black, a naturally occurring carboniforous pigment, once mined in the area. . The body of work entitled ‘Dust’ includes a five screen video installation, a ‘cabinet of Curiosities’ containing some of the experimental work with plastic and rubber, and a suit worn by the artist.
Commissioned by Claire Gulliver, Carolyn Black, and funded by ACE and Torridge Disctrict Council, the exhibition includes the work of artists; Sam Treadaway; Neville + Joan Gabie; Corinne Felgate; ATOI; Tabatha Andrews; Lizzie Ridout; LittleWhitehead; Luce Choules; Liberty Smith.
Thanks to Hampton Colours Limited for their support in working with the pigment in plastic- and to Artimis of Melksham for their help in developing a rubber compound using Bideford Black
Myself and Others will bring together recent works by Neville Gabie made in response to people and place. What holds the work together is the idea of’ performing a task’ whether that is swimming, boat building, or simply standing on a block of ice.
The exhibition includes works that are personal performative responses to different situations. Three different films will be screened over the course of the exhibition, involving the active participation of others.
Friday 25th September 6.30 pm Sarah Weir will introduce Neville Gabie’s film Semra – 2015
Sunday 4th October 4pm Moira Jeffrey and Susan Christie introduce Neville Gabie’s Film Afloat – 2014
Saturday 17th October 4pm Sam Wilkinson introduces Neville Gabie’s film Cabot Circus Cantata – 2008
A film for Yappi – based on meeting Yappi in Richmond, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, Neville Gabie developed this installation work as a tribute. This exhibition is the first opportunity to see that work.
Semra – is a new film by Neville Gabie, which tells the story of Semra Yusuf, bus driver on the Olympic Park during construction and a serious swimmer in her own right. It is a personal story about a young woman moving to England and the challenges she faced. This exhibition is the first screening of the film
For more information and press release see the PDF below
A weekend of South African Artists Films curated by Abrie Fourie, MAP Projects and Zoe Whitley, the Tate Gallery, the programme has been supported by the SA-UK Seasons, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa, and the British Council.
Neville screened a filmed performance which involved standing on a block of ice whilst it melted. Filmed in Richmond, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, the five minute film is an edited version of an eight hour performance.
AFLOAT – a film commissioned by Susan Christie – IOTA [Inverness Old Town Art] developed in response to the small crofting community of Achiltibuie, in the North West Highlands of Scotland. The film follows the construction and competitive racing of a seaborne rowing skiff.
Funded by Creative Scotland the film was screened at several venues in Scotland, Ireland and London.
Venues in Scotland; The Gathering, Achiltibuie – Findhorn Arts Festival – Anstruther Fisheries Museum.
Neville Gabie was commissioned by Jeni Walwin and Tammy Bedford to be the visual artist at WOMAD 2014. Over the four day festival Neville screened several films at different locations. In addition he developed a new work ‘Collective Breath’ specifically for the festival. He was supported by a team of art students who work under the name MOULD, based at Stroud Valley Artspace.
Neville Gabie spent eighteen months working part-time as artist in residence with the Cabot Institute at Bristol University, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The Cabot institute brings together academics and scientists from all departments and across several universities, researching risk, uncertainty and climate change. Whist there Neville worked with three materials in particular, Ice, Chalk and Crude Oil.
Towards the end of the residency, working with Social Geographer Merle Patchett and archivist of the Geology Collection, Claudia Hildebrant, a number of the films were installed in the ‘Rock Store’ in the basement of the University. It was an opportunity to show the work to a public audience in an area of the university which is never normally open.
The Greatest Distance is a self funded project developed after completing the residency on the Olympic Park during construction. It was developed in response the the numerous opinions about the forthcoming Olympic Games and it’s perceived impact on London. Neville invited anyone to write a suggestion as to where the furthest place away from the opening ceremony would be. Based on those suggestions a panel was set up to chose where Neville should go. The panel made up of; David Lillington, critic, Sarah Butler, author, Bill Drummond, artist, Danielle Arnaud, gallery director, Jason Wood, sports historian and archaeologist, Sam Wilkinson, arts consultant, selected a journey to Paris and a visit to see what had happened to the site of their failed bid.
The resulting film and a publication including the full texts of the 100 suggestions was exhibited at Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London
Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery – Gardens Gallery Cheltenham.
Neville Gabie and Joan Gabie were commissioned by the Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery, funded by New Expressions 2 to make a new work in response to the archive collection of Antarctic Explorer Edward Wilson. In response they completed a project begun whilst Neville was in Antarctica. During his time there he sent a daily email describing his experience. In response Joan did a daily drawing. The work as a whole considers the challenges of communicating over such long distances using contemporary technology. As a comparison their work is book-ended with a letter written by Edward Wilson as he lay dying in Antarctica, with a telegram written by his wife Ory from New Zealand to family back in the UK. The letter and telegram were written three months apart when Edward was already dead and Ory was still under the illusion that all was fine.
The exhibition included a film installation – works on a monitor – original drawings and the limited edition publication
A touring exhibition curated by Liz Wells, Professor of Photography at Plymouth University. The exhibition brings together for the first time, the work of artists and writers who have been to Antarctica as part of the British Antarctic Survey / Arts Council artists and writers programme. Neville Gabie spent four months traveling to and resident at Halley Research Station, the most southerly British base in Antarctica. He is the only artist to date who has been allowed to be based at Halley Research Station.
The exhibition is due to tour to; The Scott Polar Institute and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge – The Gallery, Bournmouth University in 2013 / 2015