Artcade Gallery is Sheffield's newest art space, bringing a splash of brightness to the city centre with its current exhibition Another Summer of Love by Oli Frape.
Based in the Forum shopping arcade, Artcade is all about platforming Sheffield's contemporary artists, offering them space to create, show and sell their work in a programme of solo exhibitions. Twelve local artists will work in the space over twelve months, experimenting and expanding their output, and each creating an original exhibition. All artwork is for sale – from original paintings and drawings to prints and reproductions.
Artcade's first artist is hand-lettering champ Oli Frape. Created against a backdrop of social distancing and a divisive political climate, Oli's super bold, super positive collection of works is a celebration of unity and openness – drawing on optimistic language from summers past.
In Oli's words:
"It’s probably not that hard to imagine that during a time of restricted movement and decreased freedom we would be fantasising about dancing in sweaty festival tents full of smiling strangers, and that’s certainly been the case for me.
But thinking about this collection of works was already in progress before the lock-down. I was already craving a feeling of unity and closeness that seems lacking in society right now.
I’ve long been interested in the previous ‘summers of love’ for their visual cultures – we all collected Dreamscape and Helter Skelter rave flyers when I was 14, and my career in lettering was surely inspired, in part, by those famous Wes Wilson and Mouse and Kelly band posters from the 60s. But alongside the visuals, those movements were also full of humanity and about people coming together.
This collection of works revives some of that language, of love and positivity and collective experience, to create a bold, colourful swell of good will. This may not be the third summer of love, but if ever there was a time we needed one, it’s now."
Oli Frape’s Another Summer of Love is on view until the end of September.
Open Saturdays 10am–6pm.
For private viewings outside this time, please contact gallery manager Liah on firstname.lastname@example.org.