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

Future Now is a festival of creativity, coming to Sheffield in May and June 2022.

Led by graduating students from Sheffield Hallam, Future Now is one of the biggest degree shows in the north. It features exhibitions of art, photography and design, fashion shows, film screenings, and showcases of architecture and performance. It focuses on work that shows us the future – including creative proposals to real problems, glimpses of alternative realities, and stories documenting the world as the students find it and how they’d like it to be.

Future Now takes place at a number of public venues including the Showroom cinema, Kommune, Trafalgar Warehouse, S1 Artspace, the Old Head Post Office and the Winter Garden, as well as online.

Highlights of Future Now 2022 include:

  • Fashion Show at the Winter Gardens – 25 May
  • Exhibitions at Kommune featuring illustration (18–22 May) and product design (7–12 June)
  • Animation screening at the Showroom – 25 May
  • A performance showcase at the university’s Performance Lab – 24 May
  • Photography exhibition at S1 Artspace – 11–12 June

Interdisciplinary design studio RESOLVE Collective are also in Sheffield for Future Now Festival. RESOLVE were previously in town in 2019 – read their interview from our archives to find out more about them. Now, they're working with students from the Bartlett at University College London on Sheffield Otherwise. The project is collaborating with Sheffield's longstanding African Caribbean community centre SADACCA and queer led DIY event space and collective Gut Level to re-think more inclusive heritage narratives in the city. Join them for their three public events at Future Now Festival:

Download a map and guide to the Future Now festival schedule.

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