Can you help make the ideas happen?
Could Guiding Lights by Chris Paterson become a reality?
Last month the winner of the Forgotten Spaces competition was announced.
Guiding Lights, designed by Chris Paterson, brings to life Frog Walk, between Stalker Lees Road off Ecclesall Road and Sharrow, with animated avatars and an LED screen.
Although Forgotten Spaces was originally all about ideas, the organisers are wanting to explore the possibility of making some of the entries a reality:
We want to start a city-wide dialogue about how these ideas could be turned into real-life projects. If anyone has any suggestions about to move these projects on and get them to contact Gerry Togher on firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be great to think we can get a kind of forum going where people can come together to discuss some potentially really exciting projects.
So if you have any thoughts about how this could happen, or are simply inspired by the project and are keen to see how the ideas could become a reality, get in touch with Gerry.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 21 October, 2011
Pop-up screenings and cinema events in Sheffield
This new community film club is hosting monthly showings of rare, unusual and sometimes classic films over coming months in Sheffield.
They’ve already put on three films at the Old junior school in Sharrow, and although the focus for now is in and around S7, in due course they hope to spread to other venues across the city.
It looks like a fun idea, one that could be a refreshing alternative to the multiplex experience.
Obviously it is early days, but I think it would be great if they could build up to doing themed screenings in unusual locations, for example a horror film in a derelict building such as a church.
I’ve no idea of the logistics, but you never know, one day it might grow into something as successful as Secret cinema in London which has turned cinema-going into a theatrical experience.
Magic lantern film club
Magic lantern film club Facebook
@magiclanterns7 on Twitter
Posted by Sheffield blog on 9 May, 2011
Have you seen the lights?
The procession at Sharrow lantern festival
Sunday night saw the annual lantern festival take over the streets of Sharrow. I don’t live in the neighbourhood but the reputation of the festival has been growing for a few years now so I decided it was time to check it out.
In the weeks leading up to it, workshops took place to help people craft a lantern to carry in the procession. On the day of the festival, crowds would then gather at dusk in Mount pleasant park before setting off and parading through Sharrow to Cemetery park.
This year’s procession was again led by the Sheffield samba band, who were brilliant. Everyone else followed: many people proudly carried ‘elements’-themed lanterns in all shapes and sizes, while some were dressed up and others had their faces adorned with face paints. It didn’t matter if you hadn’t prepared anything though, as everyone was welcome to tag along regardless.
As the carnival wove its way through the streets, residents gathered in doorways and faces pressed up against windows to catch a glimpse of the festivities and see what the noise was all about.
On joining London road, we turned left towards town and headed for Cemetery park for live music, fire spinners and the spectacular lantern release. And for those wanting to continue the festivities, bands and DJs carried on at the Cremorne pub until late.
It looks like 2011 will be the final year that organisers Creative action network will be managing the event. There is no suggestion that it won’t be going ahead next April though and they are inviting people to get involved with the organisation. Do get in touch with them if you fancy it.
I’d definitely recommend getting involved in next year’s event, whether you are eight or 80. I didn’t really know what to expect, and when the rain came down on Sunday afternoon – following a hefty mother’s day meal – it was quite tempting not to bother venturing out. But I’m really glad I did, as I got to not just see but actually participate in another heart-warming example of grassroots Sheffield culture and community spirit.
Singers in Mount pleasant park – Sharrow lantern festival
Samba band in Mount pleasant park – Sharrow lantern festival
Samba band in Mount pleasant park – Sharrow lantern festival
Mount pleasant park – Sharrow lantern festival
Fish – Sharrow lantern festival
Lanterns – Sharrow lantern festival
Samba band on London road – Sharrow lantern festival
Looking towards town – Sharrow lantern festival
Posted by Sheffield blog on 5 April, 2011
Formally object to the planning application
Just to draw your attention this campaign to try and save the Portland works building on Randall street from the threat of being developed into flats.
Located in Sharrow, the grade II listed building is currently home to metalworkers, cabinet-makers, musicians, artists, sole traders and others.
The case for keeping the building as a home for little mesters-style workshops is articulated well in a letter in this week’s Sheffield Telegraph which describes the works as our ‘living heritage, not a museum or polished up piece of preserved past’.
Isn’t there a more appropriate location for flats, one that doesn’t involve threatening the existence of these historical workshops and small businesses? As the letter in the paper points out, some of the commercial tenants are proudly still practising the traditional manufacturing methods that made the city famous.
The online campaign is centered on the Portland works blog and a Facebook group which you can join to keep up to date with the cause.
Perhaps the most useful way of showing your support is to formally object to the planning application on the Sheffield city council website. The recent victory over East midlands trains regarding the station barriers was supported by 1,250 objections that will have no doubt been an influence on the planning board.
Object to the Portland works planning application
Posted by Sheffield blog on 27 November, 2009