Surfaces of the Shire

What is Frottage?

Frottage is the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art.

Professional artist Chris Lewis-Jones has been busy collecting heritage surfaces from across Nottinghamshire. A unique tonal picture of the county will form the Surface of the Shire Exhibition and will tour Inspire Library Galleries from May 2021. 


Exhibition Tour:

We Need You!

To record the textural heritage features of the county.

We would like you to reproduce the texture of a surface by taking a direct rubbing using graphite and create your own frottage artworks.

By combining your artwork, gathered from across the county, we aim to create a tonal picture from the surfaces of Nottinghamshire. We'd like to know more about the objects you've chosen, to help us discover links to the county's heritage. Tell us about where they were found and what was/is their purpose. Your rubbings will be photographed and uploaded to the Inspire Picture Archive and join over 5 million documents in Nottinghamshire Archives!

Find out how to join in at home by clicking on the 'Take part in Surfaces of the Shire' page below. 

Inspire Picture Archive

The Inspire Picture Archive is an online collection of thousands of historical images of Nottinghamshire. This online service makes it easy to browse and download over 22,000 fascinating images from the past.

To find out more follow this link.