The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City brings together images by acclaimed, socially-engaged photographers from the late 1980s and 90s – a significant turning point in Sheffield's regeneration and transformation into the city we know today. These photos in the exhibition reflect both the hope and hard realities of the time, capturing the often complex nature of change.
For many people in Sheffield these decades were a time of great upheaval and hardship – with the aftermath of the Miners’ Strike, the decimation of the steel industry’s workforce, mass unemployment and dereliction. It was also a time in which the city began to imagine its future – with the Meadowhall retail development, the transformation of the lower Don Valley, and the facilities created to host the World Student Games.
Recognising the significance of the time, Sheffield’s Untitled Gallery, now Site Gallery, engaged a series of emerging local and nationally-based photographers for The Sheffield Project, a visual survey that sought to document the changes happening across the city. The images were exhibited at Untitled Gallery, both in its original home in Walkley and its premises on Brown Street. Matthew Conduit was the director of Untitled Gallery in 1985-88 and initiated The Sheffield Project, and he's revisiting the collection as curator of this new exhibition at Weston Park Museum.
The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City features work by: Mike Black, Matthew Conduit, Berris Conolly, John Darwell, John Davies, Anna Fox, Graham Gaunt, John Kippin, Kate Mellor, Ken Phillip, Tim Smith, Bill Stephenson, Ian Stewart, Patrick Sutherland and Adrian Wynn. Their photos show the steelworks’ furnaces firing for the final time, abandoned buildings soon to be demolished, changes to ways of life that the regeneration brought to local communities, and the energy of the World Student Games.
An accompanying new publication, Regeneration – The Sheffield Project 1981-1991, will also be available.
Entry to the exhibition is free, but pre-booked visits to the museum are advised to avoid disappointment.
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