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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Fluorescent Minerals

This little film from Museum Sheffield should be on everyone's watch list right now. Unless you're already a fan of fossils you might not be tempted, but I found watching this collection of minerals and fossils change colour and glow under UV light completely mesmerising and super relaxing – and we could all do with a bit of relaxation right now. The effect is caused by impurities within the structure of the minerals, which I think proves the theory that imperfections are beautiful. So settle down for a couple of minutes and enjoy, turn the sound on too.

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Failed Experiments

AlgoMech is a music and art festival exploring the creative potential of code. Enjoy this footage from AlgoMech 2017 of the piece Failed Experiments by Anne-F Jacques and Ryoko Akama.

A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 following the screening of his film The Rest, about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.

Peter Griffiths

For his recent screen printing project, The Plant Room, Peter spent the summer gathering inspiration in community gardens.

Platform Instagram Takeover: Siân Williams

Wed. 6 May 2020 — Fri. 31 May 2030

During lockdown, artist Siân Williams is making short films using her phone, her hands, a patch of floor space, and whatever she has access to in her flat. Siân will share her work and contemplate on touch, proximity, and intimacy in her takeover.