From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism is a six-week series of events in Kelham Island, looking at untold stories of how the area transformed itself from the neglected remains of industry to recently being named Best Neighbourhood at the 2019 Urbanism Awards. Brought together by researchers from University of Sheffield along with Kelham Island Museum, the programme explores the winners and losers of urban regeneration and gentrification against the backdrop of top-down austerity, neo-liberalism, bottom-up community and artisan and hipster enterprise. It explores how heritage, culture and creativity create change in the city.
The programme began with a sold-out reading of a lost Barry Hines play called After the Strike, written in 1985 in response to the Battle of Orgreave and the effects of the miners' strike on local communities.
Access to the exhibition requires paying entry into the museum but all other events are free – advance booking (via links below) is advised.
27th June-24th July, Kelham Island Museum – please note there is an entry charge to the museum (£5.50-7.50); entry to the Steam Hammer Cafe is free
Private View: 26th June, 6-8pm, free
Three exhibitions will take place in various spaces within Kelham Island Museum. Kelham Island Life by Laura Page and Komarine Romdenh-Romluc in the Steam Hammer Cafe. Along These Lines by Louise Finney in the River Don Engine Room. A collection of works by Nick Grindrod and Sean Williams in the Exhibition Pod. P.S. A postscript before concluding by Jon Orlek and Goran Vodička in the Exhibition Pod.
Picturing Kelham Island
Wednesday 26th June, 7pm, Millowners Arms at Kelham Island Museum
An evening that explores Kelham Island's various communities. With philosophy academics Laura Page and Komarine Romdenh-Romluc sharing their Kelham Island Life photography project, alongside input from geographers Miguel Kanai and Frazer Burbery and Mark Hutchinson of Journey to Justice, an organisation dedicated to social justice. Refreshments provided.
Guided Walk with Anders Hanson and poet Pete Green
Wednesday 3rd July, 7pm, starting at Millowners Arms at Kelham Island Museum
Explore the places and stories of Kelham Island’s industrial regeneration and natural history as well as hear Pete read his poem The River Don Shipping Forecast. Refreshments provided at the end of the walk.
From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism: The Symposium
Thursday 11th July, 10am, Power Lab at Kelham Island Museum
A full day of provocation, debate and discussion exploring how makers make change in the city. The talks will offer perspective on the Kelham Island experience and “Brooklynism” in general, with a keynote by Amanda Wasielewski, an American artist and researcher and author of Made in Brooklyn: Artists, Hipsters, Makers, Gentrifiers. Panel discussions will cover art, artists and regeneration; ingredients of the place; culture, regeneration, destination; and making place. Free lunch and refreshments
From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism: The Social
Thursday 11th July, 5:30pm, The Loft Bar, Kelham Island Brewery, 23 Alma Street, S3 8SA
Meet others and chat about the Kelham Island experience and ‘Brooklynism’ in general. The Symposium's Amanda Wasielewski will give an informal presentation of her research followed by a Q&A. You do not need to have attended the Symposium beforehand.
An evening of Sonic Art and Poetry
Wednesday 17th July, 7pm, Millowners Arms at Kelham Island Museum
In May, composers working in Sheffield recorded sounds in and around the Kelham Island Museum, using these to create musical works that resonate with the space and place of Kelham Island. In much the same way as we might imagine the transformation of the spaces of heavy industry, such as Brooklyn Works, becoming residential accommodation, the ten sound artists have transformed the sounds of Kelham Island, giving them a new home. There'll be a performance with Adam Stanovic and Adrian Moore and poetry by Helen Angell unearthing the beauty and history of industrial settings around Kelham Island.
Open Deck with Ashley Holmes
Wednesday 24th July, 7pm, Millowners Arms at Kelham Island Museum
Interdisciplinary artist Ashley Holmes hosts Open Deck, a contribution-based project documenting our relationship to music, sound recordings and aural histories. The Open Deck invites you to bring music of your choice (vinyl records or mp3 files) and contribute to a space of collective listening and sharing of stories, memories and perspectives. Email for more info. Ashley Holmes works across moving image, installation, performance, music and radio broadcasts. His work and research considers the traditions and language of visual and aural histories, with an in-depth consideration for how they have been archived and historically carried across generations.