The Art House is a multi-purpose space operated by St Matthew's Church, slightly hidden away just off busy Division Street. The creative hub is adjacent to the church – but what The Art House does goes far beyond the simple craft-based project of a local church.
The place itself is all bright and new, with a cafe, studios, galleries and workshop rooms. It's a great space for showcasing work by existing local artists, with exhibitions regularly featuring painting and ceramics. However, it places the most emphasis on its work with members of local communities, to discover and develop new artists of any age.
The Art House seeks to provide a safe and inclusive space for "people who are normally excluded and marginalised and most unable to discover their creativity". In the past it's worked on projects with homeless people, hosted exhibitions supporting World Mental Health Week, and organised activities for children during school holidays.
Courses and workshops include pottery, life drawing, textiles and watercolour, while there's also the casual 'sip and paint' Friday evening sessions where you can take along your own bottle of wine. There are regular talks, taster sessions, and well-being groups for individuals who have mental health issues, stress or anxiety. And more experienced potters can sign up to the open studio scheme, for flexible access to the wheels. Follow The Arthouse on Twitter/Facebook to stay up to date with courses and workshops. Meanwhile onsite cafe The Tea Studio is a calm spot for vegetarian lunches, generous slices of cake, and locally roasted coffee. It's also now part of Sheffield's Pending Coffee scheme, giving customers the option to buy one or more "pending" coffees or snacks, which can be redeemed later by a vulnerable or homeless person.
Offering so many ways to come together and get creative, The Art House ensures that Sheffield's resources are accessible to all, helping more people discover the artist within.
- Words by
- Lucy Holt
- Images by
- Nigel Barker