Sheffield city centre is getting a new art space, just in time for Christmas. Set up by artist Al Daw, Sidney and Matilda is an independent gallery, creative project space and arts club in a former paper factory on Sidney Street. Its aim is to incubate regional artistic talent and to introduce national and international artists to Sheffield.
The gallery's first exhibition is Bethlehem Boys Club, a seasonal group show providing an alternative take on the season of goodwill. Over twenty regional, national and international artists at various stages of their career share work that tackles themes of religion, politics, ritual, identity and consumer culture, from paintings to sculpture, assemblage to print – against a backdrop of mulled wine, mince pies and live performances.
All work will be on sale alongside prints, merchandise and more available in the gallery shop.
Emii Alrai, Anthony Bennett, Pete Bennett, Stephen Carley, Al Daw, Chris Graham, Aly Helyer, Dale Holmes, Nathan James, Chris Jones, Rachel Kidd, Paul Morrison, Ryan Mosley, Darren Richardson, Mark Riddington, Bede Robinson, Gary Simmonds, Alex Simpson, Juliette Sturlese, Joanna Whittle, Izzy Williamson