Between the railway station and the city centre, the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ) is a particularly creative corner of Sheffield. This summer, join Out & About as they bring four weekends of family fun to venues and outdoor spaces in the CIQ. Each weekend follows a different theme – kicking off on 2–3 July with Urban Futures.
CIQ Square will set up in Pinball Park (opposite Site Gallery and the Workstation) for a whole bunch of free family-friendly activities across Saturday and Sunday. Through workshops, drop-in activities, new artworks and walking tours, the Urban Futures programme will explore what the future of our city could look like. Alongside all that, there'll be food stalls from local vendors in the square, open 11am–6pm.
The programme for both days:
CIQ Square –
- Communal Furniture – 11am–6pm
Explore a new piece of adaptable furniture by the architecture and design studios McCloy + Muchemwa and Mitre & Mondays.
- Radio Residency with Montez Press Radio – 12–4pm
Broadcasting all weekend, Montez Press Radio will bring CIQ Square to life with music, chat and features on ideas of what our cities could become.
- The Future of Artist-Led Housing – 12–2pm
Join artist, designer and researcher Jon Orlek to explore the role that artists could play in building and strengthening communities, through listening, drawing and making.
- Buildings of the Future: Architecture Tours of the CIQ – 1–2:30pm
Setting off from CIQ Square, the folks from arts and architecture practice Studio Polpo will lead walking tours of the area. The tours will explore how different approaches to architecture and urbanism might help the city respond to the challenges of the climate emergency.
- Shapes of the CIQ – all day
Pick up your free family trail by Our Favourite Places and head out to discover the shapes and stories of the area – and colour in along the way.
Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works –
- Explore Print Making with Carousel Print Studio – 1–4pm
Experiment with techniques such as screen-printing and monoprinting with these drop-in sessions for all ages.
- Sculpting the City – 12–4pm
Join artists Charlotte Dawson and Grace Clifford to imagine what the city landscape could look like in this interactive drop-in sculpture workshop. Try your hand at building new creations out of a range of materials and help build a model landscape of the new urban environment.
Various locations –
- Murals across The CIQ – all day
Explore brand new murals by internationally recognised artists, painted on some of the most iconic buildings in the area. Among the murals is a Bloc Billboard on the side of the gallery Bloc Projects, created by Sheffield-based artist Simon le Ruez.