Sheffield 365 project and Sheffield craft city

Upcoming Sheffield photo and craft exhibitions

Two exhibitions launch next month, one marking the end of a great photography project and the other heralding the start of a new arts and craft showcase.

The Sheffield 365 project saw photographer Luke Avery taking portraits of Sheffield people at different locations around the city on each day in 2010. You can read more about the project in this interview with Luke that I did after the project had come to an end.

You may have seen some of the photos on display in one of the empty shops on the Moor earlier on this year. The good news is that all 365 photos are to be displayed at the Workstation on Paternoster row in an exhibition next month.

The free Sheffield 365 project exhibition launches on Wednesday 4 May (6-9pm) and runs until 31 May.

And the night after, on Thursday 5 May, Sheffield craft city launches its first exhibition at PJ Taste on Glossop road. It has been set up as a rolling showcase for work from the local arts and craft scene.

The opening exhibition includes contributions from:

  • James Green, linocut and etching print specialist
  • Lianne Mellor, tea ware with a contemporary feel
  • Jessica Flinn, maker of handmade modern jewellery using traditional metalwork techniques
  • PJ taste, providing support, sustenance and creativity with locally sourced food

The artists’ work will be on show at PJ taste from the 6 May, with a launch party from 6pm on the 5 May. The event is free but ticketed.

Tickets for Sheffield craft city launch

Sheffield craft city launch

Sheffield craft city launch

Is Sheffield no longer the city that digital media forgot?

Although there is still catching up to do, the city’s digital industries look set to blossom

In 2002, digital industry magazine New Media Age declared that Sheffield was the UK city that new media forgot. Was this a fair assessment back then – and more importantly, is it still the case now?

Sheffield has always been a creative place. Be it in pop music, graphic design, film, art, dance or theatre, the city has always attracted talented, creative and successful individuals who are at the cutting edge of what they do. But we have been slow to channel this creativity into viable and sustainable economic industries to replace our declining industrial heritage.

In the 80s and 90s we were quick off the mark with the Cultural Industries Quarter and Workstation, and both have been success stories. But as the creative digital industries have taken off in other large northern cities, it seems that Sheffield has been slower to fully embrace this fast-growing sector and as a result only a handful of digital agencies exist, with none in the 2007 New Media Age Top 100.

One positive trend is the niche that the city has carved itself in the e-learning sector, with a cluster of established businesses such as theWorkshop, Line, DESQ and more set to move in.

But the big factor that should help the continued growth of existing digital companies in Sheffield, as well as attracting new ones, is the proposed Sheffield Digital Campus in the city centre. The three-phase project has been talked about for several years but is now finally taking shape, with the flagship Electric Works building – featuring a spectacular slide to transport workers from the top floor to the foyer area – at the centre of the scheme.

As well as offering a creative heart in which the region’s digital companies can collaborate, foster a creative culture and thrive, what is exciting about this development is that it also projects a positive image to those looking outside, showing that the city is genuinely an exciting place to work, with the inherent creative energy here being channelled into a prosperous economic vision.