1st- 31st July 2016
Deborah Gardner/ Alan Baker/ Clare Holdstock/ Luke Beech
Urban space is complex. It is space that is notoriously alive with a web of dichotomies, which city dwellers must negotiate on a daily basis. One such dichotomy is that of public and private space; a quintessential notion of the modern city. With a vast amount of places “off limits” to varying strata of society and carefully mapped out public areas for transiting or leisure, we each act out a set of unwritten social rules and modes of behaviour.
What private:PUBLIC attempts to explore however, is those areas on the boundary between private and public. Those grey areas of the city whose purpose is not so clearly defined; those spaces in which urban explorers and psychogeographers are compelled to explore (abandoned buildings, back alleys, industrial estates etc), or where the homeless find temporary respite (a doorway for sleeping, for example). By highlighting these ideologies, the exhibition will make the viewer question their own behaviour through their ever-changing shared and personal environments.
16th April- 31st May 2016
Becky Gee/ Liz Dickinson
Liz Dickinson and Becky Gee (Curate Sheffield) are artist-curators based in Sheffield. The duo mainly work in curation and installation and are primarily concerned with issues around domestic space. For Art Sheffield, the collective will be transforming the basement space at 35 Chapel Walk. Focusing on ideologies around domestic disturbance, feminism and poetics, the artists will create an uncanny environment which the viewer can choose to enter or to view from above. Utilising reclaimed architectural materials, the work will reference a private space that is both physical and psychological.
The Art of Wandering
17th-31st July 2015
Jessica Dolby / Eddy Dreadnought / Victoria Lucas / Mandy Payne / Neil Webb/ Katya Robin/ plastiCities/ Stella Baraklianou
Psychogeography is an approach to exploring an individual’s relationship with their urban environment. It is a playful and inventive method for exploring physical and psychological spaces within the city, using walking or ‘drifting’ as a practice and method. Psychogeography allows the architectural, geographical and emotional contours of the city to subconsciously guide individuals to authentic experiences and a renewed awareness of their urban landscape.
The Art of Wandering explores the Psychogeography of Sheffield. The artists focus on the overlooked, the unseen and the lesser explored aspects of our city, surveying urban unconsciousness and emotional space. Many of the artists document Sheffield as a homeland, experienced though a visitor’s perspective. This collaborative outlook provides the viewer with a combined experience, inviting the visitor to an exclusive insight and welcomes the regular passer-by to reimagine their local landscape.
Situated on what was one of Sheffield’s busiest pedestrian streets, 35 Chapel Walk offers an unusual yet thought provoking space for viewing contemporary art. Victoria Lucas exhibits a film exploring the late Castle Market, examining its last moments and the remaining tomb of the place. The Brutalist structures of Park Hill flats in Mandy Payne’s paintings represent displaced communities, whilst Eddy Dreadnought plays with the diverse and sometimes traumatic geography of Upperthorpe. plastiCities invites viewers in from off of the street. Familiar to the public eye, their sound boxes engage the listener in a conversation with the city. Katya Robin exposes overlooked histories and alternate interpretations with her Standard Measures project. Jessica Dolby views the city from the outside looking in; her installations create a way to find ones way around the city. Soundscapes from Neil Webb create suspense within the space, placing the listener within an unfamiliar and unknown environment. Finally Stella Baraklianou encourages viewers to give more consideration to their environment through the slowing down of fast paced urban life.