The Edge - Playing the Picturesque Exhibition

Local voices: Nicole Mawby, Communications Assistant at The Edge

Nicole talks about the ultra-modern arts centre, her role and recommendations for a day out in Bath

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Nicole Mawby

Nicole started working at The Edge just over six months ago, after finishing her MA in Curating at UWE, in which she specialised in audience development and visitor engagement. Her love of contemporary art and language is now perfectly married in her role at The Edge.

October 15th, 2019

What do you do in your role at The Edge?

As Communications Assistant I deal with the day-to-day comms, primarily on our website, newsletters, social media, print and external listings. My interest in accessibility and belief that art can be valuable to everyone has also led me to develop a ‘Ways of Looking’ guide which celebrates seeing differently and unique perspectives. The guide consists of prompts and tips on looking at and engaging with our gallery, specifically aimed at our campus audience who aren’t necessarily an arts audience, but have so much to contribute through their other interests, experiences and expertise. I’m interested in exploring playful ways to attract visitors to engage with art in unexpected ways.

The Edge - Playing the Picturesque Exhibition
The Edge - Playing the Picturesque Exhibition

What makes The Edge so special?

The fact that we are based on a university campus that doesn’t teach art is unique and what I love about it; we bring art and research together through our programme. We provide spaces, opportunities and events for the public, students and staff to engage in the arts in a plethora of ways, whether it’s for pure escapism and wellbeing or to compliment academic studies. We show how art can connect with architecture, science, politics and technology - all of which relate to the research on campus - and also programme high-quality courses, workshops and events in visual arts, dance, music and theatre. We’re an exciting hub of creative activity with a lot of access points - and have great cakes in the cafe!

What would be an ideal day out in Bath? 

I’m a big fan of all of the lovely independents in Bath! Of course, the Roman Baths are beautiful, but I’d happily spend a day pottering around the little shops on Pulteney Bridge or Walcot Street, with lunch at Chaiwalla in-between. My perfect evening in Bath would involve drinks at Opium Lounge or The Dark Horse Bar along with a film at The Little Theatre or a Sofar Sounds gig – if I’m lucky enough to get tickets!

Pulteney Bridge Bath

Can you describe Bath in three words?

Golden, picturesque, soothing.

What can we look forward to at The Edge in months to come?

It’s our fifth birthday next year and we’re just starting to plan for that, which is very exciting so watch this space..!

In the shorter term, we have loads of events coming up related to our current exhibition, Playing the Picturesque, an interactive installation which explores the boundaries between virtual and physical space. We have walks, talks, tours, painting and photography workshops inspired by the picturesque and the virtual, which are all going to be brilliant! 

The Edge: After Hours is a bi-monthly event we launched earlier this year that I’m really excited to progress with too, we open our gallery until 8pm for free evenings of live music and creative activities. The next will be 5 December - pop it in your diary!

The Edge - Playing the Picturesque Exhibition
The Edge - Playing the Picturesque Exhibition

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