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ArtWorks Together International Art Competition
ArtWorks has launched their first competition: ArtWorks Together International Learning Disability and Autism Arts Competition 2021. This is a brand new competition offering people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents to the entire world. Go to to find out more. We hope to raise the aspirations of artists with Learning Disabilities and Autism that want to work in the arts & cultural sector, and encourage ambition and talent to freely thrive through this opportunity to showcase their artwork through our exhibition. The competition will conclude in an exhibition at the prestigious Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire, a glorious Grade I listed stately home. The artists selected will exhibit their work in March 2021 as well as an online 3D exhibition which can be viewed worldwide. The exhibition can be viewed here for the 25th of March: The judging panel for 2021 is made up of internationally recognised artists and curators. The judges are Alison Lapper, Tony Heaton, the Co-directors of ArtAngel, James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Helen Pheby, and Rachel Gadsden. Prizes for the competition consist of cash prizes for the first, second and third place as well as our six judges prizes which will each consist professional art supplies. ArtWorks Together 2021 has been sponsored by: Gripple, Irwin Mitchell, Sheafmoor Money Management Ltd, Sheffield City Council, Smith Painters Limited. Head to or to find out more about the competition and exhibition.
Retroverse- Josh Garcia virtual exhibition
Retroverse is Josh Garcia’s first solo online exhibition organised in partnership with ArtWorks. The exhibition features 63 pieces of digital and traditional art created since the start of Covid-19 pandemic. All of the work in the exhibition have a ‘Retro’ style taking inspiration from 1930’s cartoon, the 1980’s and 1990’s animation. Many of the works shown in this exhibition are representing current events in society while others give a nod to nostalgia. Josh is a skilled illustrator balancing important themes with light-hearted comedy. The characters Josh creates in his artwork take references from his own life such as ‘Elijah the Autism fairy’ as well as adopting more fictional characters like ‘Skulluks’. Josh explores a variety of concepts in his work and is influenced by mixing styles of different cartoon eras. As you virtually navigate the exhibition you are transported through different themes and styles all telling fascinating stories. To view more of Josh's work click here.
The Bradgate Band - CD Launch
During the Covid 19 lockdown, ArtWorks staff member John worked at Step Residential Home in Rotherham supporting a group of ArtWorks Artists in their own homes. During this time the group began experimenting with song writing and making music and decided to form The Bradgate Band. Livin la Vida Lockdown is the debut album of The Bradgate Band, a collaboration between Chris Harvey, Mat, Richard and John Ledger, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The album consists of 12 songs including titles such as ‘I don’t like cherries’ and ‘Get it into your head’. The musicians articulate the process of re-evaluating ourselves and our basic daily life, which has been a result of the lockdown experience. The unique sound on the album fuses electronic melodies and acoustic guitars, together with the raw and honest vocals of the band members. In this way the artists capture the strength of our individual human voices, which have become so prominent during lockdown. The album cover features artwork created by the band in their home with support from Christopher Johns. Buy the album at £9.00 from our website, and find it on all major music distribution sites.
Laura Mabbutt and Mansions of the Future Craft Challenge
We are so delighted with the support and response we've had from other artists and art organisiations to help support our artists whilst in lockdown. Artist Laura Mabbutt has created this beautiful craft zine for our artists to complete from macrame plant pot hangers to junk art sun catchers, there's so much to keep our creative minds occupied. We thank Laura and Mansions of the Future for their continued support in helping us to enagaqge our artists through these difficult times.
Altered places - ArtWorks new short film by Site Gallery
Last year our artists took part in a project with Site Gallery. Throughout their residency, artists created a body of work exploring their chosen themes of movement, environment and light by responding to creative briefs set by Sheffield artists Christopher Jarratt, Joanna Whittle, Roanna Wells and Lea Torp Nielson. Visitors were invited to meet the artists as they created work during open sessions. The artists will celebrated their residency with an opportunity to see all their newly created works at a closing party held in October 2019. You can see the amazing video made by Peter Martin following their residency.
In the light of recent events regarding the spread of COVID-19, on Wednesday 18th of March the decision was made to close the doors to our day centres until further notice. This was a difficult decision to make for many reasons, however, the safety and wellbeing of our artists and staff will always remain our top priority. The reality is that many of our service users rely on our daily service, not only as a place to support their artistic growth, but also as a social outlet. We do not want the decision to close our doors to affect the sense of community Artworks has cultivated over the years. During our closure we will be doing everything we can to ensure our service user’s remain artistically engaged! We’ve been sending out individual arts packages containing activities and challenges, conducting phone and skype calls to give remote support, we have also been making select home visits to in order to conduct arts workshops safely. The decision to launch this patreon is motivated by the desire to maintain the wellbeing of our community and its people, whilst also helping to keep the future of Artworks secure. By giving your support, you will enable us to continue our work during these difficult times, whilst also becoming a part of our community. Supporters will be given exclusive access to our bi-monthly Arts Blog! Here you will be kept up to date on the projects our artists have been working on from home, receive exclusive high-res desktop backgrounds, film and video content made directly by our artists, and much more to be announced! Supporting our patreon is an excellent opportunity to engage with a wonderful artistic community, whilst helping to ensure that we are able to continue our work long in to the future. We hope that you will join us as we continue to honour our commitment to compassion, artistic-endeavour and self-belief.
Handmade for Christmas - Millennium Gallery
Artworks very own textile artist Gerald Green has a collection of work for sale in this year’s Handmade for Christmas shop at the Millennium Gallery. Gerald has spent the past six months carefully designing his fabric themed around his love for the city he lives in. He's been busy working on the sewing machine to produce a series of cushions and tea towels that are on sale exclusively at the Millennium Gallery .
Environments’ exhibition 2019
Some of our artists had their work submitted to Environments’, the 2019 exhibition by Outside In. The exhibtion showcases work from 80 artists whose work explores characters, human figures and the natural world. The exhibition is on at Piano Nobile Kings Place in London’s Kings Cross until 01 January 2020. Artists Chrissie and Alistair attended a special event on 8th November at Piano Nobile Kings Place. Judges Grayson Perry, Cathy Pilkington and Robert Travers voted Alistair as their third runner up. Outside In and ArtWorks artist Alistair Clayton reveals his clay sculpture ‘Buddha’ is inspired by “the erosion of the environment over time whether its man made or natural’. Chrissie Buckthorpe’s watercolour of Sunset over Birdwell is the result of a bus journey taken through the district of Birdwell, which is located between Sheffield and Barnsley, one evening. Chrissie said: “I just happened to see a beautiful sunset and a great view. I was lucky to take a good photo when I was on the upper deck of the moving bus and I used that photo to produce this painting. ARTIST Alistair Clayton I started making art when I was aged 13. I get a pen and paper and it happens spontanesously. It is the result of drawing for years and years. Sometimes my work represents how I feel, for example stressed or calm. Theres an aspect to art about what is aesthetically pleasing rather than how it makes you feel. I can appreciate the photo realism work but I enjoy the crazier abstract art. I enjoy looking at other people’s work. I have exhibited my work before in Sheffield at the Millenium Gallery. ARTIST Chrissie Buckthorpe I’ve been doing artwork since I was a child. A possible reason why I am so creative is that I inherited it from my mum’s side of the family, she showed me a lot of art and my Grandad did art as well. I used to watch Art Attack when I was younger as well. I can get inspiration from other artists and photos. When I did the elements project, I did a lot of research and use my sketchbook to show the research. When I go out, my parents and I take photographs and I use those for inspiration in my artwork. I am currently working on a 3D sculpture based on the Eden Project. It is patchwork and consists of hexagons and pentagons made out of different fabrics. Art is quite therapeutic and makes me feel relaxed. Art is like something I can get on with whether it’s in the studio or at home watching the tv. Art is like a thing I could make a good career out of. I also like doing music. I sing in Rock Choir. I sometimes play acoustic guitar and sometimes go to open mic nights. I do covers of various songs.
Kid Acne signed a bottle of Sheffield Dry Gin – That’s The Spirit ArtWorks auction
Kid Acne will be signing a bottle of Sheffield Dry Gin – That’s The Spirit to be auctioned off, along with a set of beer mats, to raise money for Artworks South Yorkshire. To mark the launch of artist Kid Acne’s latest exhibition ‘Have A Word’, the UK-based illustrator has collaborated with True North Brew Co.’s distillery Sheffield Dry Gin, to release a limited edition run of their Original gin. Sheffield Dry Gin - That’s The Spirit features custom Kid Acne artwork and is numbered for authenticity; available exclusively from the online store, the official launch date is 13th September but you can pre-order your very own bottle right now. . The launch coincides with the opening of Kid Acne’s ‘Have A Word’ exhibition, his first solo Sheffield show in five years, showcasing lyrics and typography. It will be hosted at S1 Art Space in Park Hill and will run from Friday 13th – Saturday 28th September. Discussing the importance of Sheffield, Kid Acne said “I moved to Sheffield 20 years ago when I studied Fine Art at Hallam university, and I’ve stayed here pretty much ever since. I just love Sheffield as a place to work and I like the vibe of Sheffield.” Alongside the gin, Kid Acne has worked with True North Brew Co to launch a special edition beer, ‘Have A Word’, with a limited number of custom beer mats adorning Kid Acne’s familiar illustrations. These will be available in selected True North Brew Co venues throughout Sheffield. Along with their venues and beer, True North’s very own gin, Sheffield Dry Gin, is the first gin to be made in Sheffield in 100 years; an expertly crafted premium spirit containing a little Sheffield goodness. Sheffield Dry Gin head distiller Dean Hollingworth said, “we’re always keen to get involved with talented people who contribute so much to Sheffield. It’s brilliant that Kid Acne is bringing his latest exhibition to Sheffield so we jumped at the opportunity to support and collaborate with him”. To get your limited edition bottle visit True North Brew Co HAVE A WORD – An Exhibition of Lyrics and Typography by Kid Acne, hosted by S1 Artspace. 1 Norwich St, Park Hill, Sheffield September 13th – 28th
(Wed – Sat, 12-5pm)
Twinkl teams up with Sheffield artists to create colourful mural
The mural, will take pride of place along a wall on Twinkl Way, a private road owned by Twinkl Educational Publishing which runs between the arch at Ward's Exchange, close to the company's headquarters. The wall is around 70 metres long and three metres high, and runs along the side of the Twinkl's newly opened office at Hallamshire Business Park, on Napier Street, creating the perfect blank canvas for the bright, geometric style mural which has been designed by artist Florence Blanchard. Florence, a muralist and screenprinter, was voted for by Twinkl employees out of a selection of artists from Sheffield and for the next month or so, she will work alongside members of Artworks, a not-for-profit creative arts organisation which works with adults who have learning disabilities. "It is an honour to be invited to do the mural," Florence said. "The wall on Twinkl Way is an ideal canvas as its length means there is plenty of space to develop the piece and it's in great condition. I'm excited to get started." Florence's work is inspired by her experience working as a scientist and writing graffiti, and features bold, geometric patterns inspired by molecules. A team from Artworks have already painted the wall with a basecoat in preparation for the mural. Kayleigh Cruickshank, Founder of Artworks, said: "We're really happy to be part of this project, which will bring another beautiful and inspiring piece of street art to the city. Collaborating with local artists and businesses, such as Florence and Twinkl, has always helped give our artists a chance to develop new skills and further their love and knowledge of art." Dom, a member of Artworks, added: "I enjoy having different experiences and trying different things, like this project with Florence. It's nice for artists from Artworks to be able to help out." It is hoped the mural will connect Twinkl's headquarters with its new office and be in-keeping with the company's fun and creative ethos. Jonathan Seaton, Co-founder and CEO of Twinkl, said: “There is so much amazing work happening in the arts across Sheffield and we are delighted to be working with Florence and Artworks. “Florence’s work is inspired by her time studying and working in science and this love of learning and blend of subjects really reflects Twinkl’s work in education.” Twinkl provides an online catalogue of more than 625,000 resources and services for schools and educators and has offices in Sheffield, as well as Manchester and Australia.
ArtWorks: Altered Places
Throughout our residency at Site gallery, our artists will create a body of work exploring their chosen themes of movement, environment and light by working on new creative briefs with local artists in a variety of art forms. Visitors are invited to meet the artists as they create work during open sessions on Weds-Fri. The artists will celebrate their residency with an opportunity to see all their newly created works at a closing party on October 12. All artists involved in Altered Places are represented and supported by ArtWorks. Venue: Sidney + Matilda, Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RH Opening Times: 18 September – 11 October, 12 – 2.30pm, Wednesday –Friday Closing Party 12 October, 12 – 5pm, gallery open with artists present and a live performance from the Sparkle Sistaz. Supported by City of Ideas.
Our latest exhibition at Coterie Galley Rotherham Our artists across Rotherham and Sheffield have been busy preparing for our upcoming exhibition Reflection starting next week at Coterie Gallery. Featured artists include: Craig Poultney Emily Critchlow Lisa Fairchild Chris Senior Jack Shillitto Charlotte Manship Chrissie Buckthorpe Elliott King Christopher Andrews We hope you can join us Monday 15th July for a private view 6pm - 8pm. Coterie Fine Art Gallery & Studio
7 Riverside Precinct
S60 1ND For more details please contact