Faded social housing utopias and fortress-like electricity substations. Iconic theatres and university tower blocks, all concrete and breeze blocks and glass. Pioneering post-war civic buildings, long-since demolished and to many sorely missed. Sheffield's experiments in modern architecture have played a significant role in defining the skyline and character of the city. This October, the first Sheffield Modern will celebrate this heritage of post-war architecture with a programme of talks, walks, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, and more.
Taking place over 26-28 October, the weekender aims to open up conversations about modern architecture in Sheffield – its merits as well as its minefields. It'll look at the past and present of the city's public realm, and get people thinking about the shape of Sheffield in new ways.
As well as a very special launch concert in the Arts Tower's paternoster lift, there'll be an evening bike ride to modernist landmarks, a day of talks hosted by the Modernist Society held within the beautiful 1950s interior of Victoria Hall, tours behind the scenes at the Crucible, workshops for kids (big and small) to create their own cityscapes from cardboard or Lego, and much more.
See the Sheffield Modern tag in our What's On calendar or the links below for details.
FridayNightRide – cycling through Sheffield Modern
Sheffield Modern: In C – revolutionary music in a revolving paternoster
Backstage at the Crucible – a peek behind the scenes at the inner workings of the iconic 1970s theatre
Modern Makers family-friendly workshops:
- Fantastical Cities – construct a fantasy cityscape from cardboard and Lego
- Superimposing – make your own 2D buildings and watch them superimposed into video footage of Sheffield and the Peak District.
- Printing Buildings – give screen printing a go, creating your own print from an artist's architecture-inspired design
Sheffield Drift – an urban walk through Sheffield Modern
Modernists in Conversation – a day of talks on Sheffield's built environment
Modernist Book Social – an informal evening in Park Hill's South Street Kitchen to launch two new books
Construction House – late opening of the Bauhaus-inspired exhibition at S1 Artspace in Park Hill
Park Hill Photo Walk – with photographer and card-carrying urbanist Stephen Marland
Brasília: Life After Design – a documentary about the capital of Brazil, a concrete utopia born out of the desert. Screening alongside a pair of shorts featuring Sheffield modernism on film.
Sheffield Modern is organised by Our Favourite Places.
Lost Buildings – see Sheffield's brutalist past superimposed on its present landscape at three plinths in city centre locations.