Over the past three years, Making Ways supported and helped develop exceptional contemporary visual art produced in Sheffield – delivering commissions, exhibitions and events, and supporting over 400 artists. Between May and June, Making Ways held a programme of hands-on workshops, talks and art walks, all led by Sheffield artists. This exhibition brings some of the work that was created these past months:
Ever thought you could come up with better or new phrases for social media activity than ‘ghosting’ or ‘breadcrumbing’? Artist Peter Martin and graphic designer Jon Cannon ran three workshops in Sheffield Markets to invent new definitions for scenarios experienced online, and have created posters based on contributions.
The Interlace Project: LOOM_2.0
Interactive textile pieces were created by members of the public working with Toni Buckby in a series of workshops using large free-standing frame looms to weave yarns, threads, wire, LEDs, speakers and touch-sensitive components.
City Within and Without
Joanna Whittle worked with groups across Sheffield to create simple photographic blueprints through placing images and objects on cyanotype paper and using sunlight to create images, patterns and stories. Some of the groups used cyanotype methods with cloth, making cushions and adding embroidery. Inspired by this work, Joanna created the ceramic pieces exhibited here.
What Do You See?
Artist Christopher Jarratt invited people to reimagine sections of Sheffield’s city centre. He set up a giant viewfinder and asked how people might change things – the colours; adding animals and trees, removing building altogether or turning them upside down. These ideas were then be slotted into the viewfinder to see how this new Sheffield looked. If you would like to try out the viewfinder, it will be in Endcliffe Park as part of Folk Forest 2019: Site Gallery Introducing stage on 6-7 July.
A Corner of Paradise
Inspired by the history of the people who thought and fought for something new in Sheffield's Paradise Square, Eleven Design invites you to re-imagine the world around you according to your own utopian ideals. You'll have chance to contribute drawings, words and photos to the display over the weekend.