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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

ArtWorks celebrates after receiving £30k from the National Lottery.

ArtWorks, are celebrating today after being awarded almost £30,000 in National Lottery funding to assist their work in supporting adults with disabilities. We will use the money to renovate the outdoor social area and car park of our new community space in Thorpe Hesley.  Prior to our involvement, the council owned site was disused for several years, and the car park and outdoor areas are currently unsafe, and in a state of disrepair. The restoration of these areas will allow the building to be opened to the local community, including the brownies, girl guides, a police surgery, dance groups, local theatre organisations, elderly and school groups. The local council granted, by a community asset transfer,the community centre on Brook Hill to us, and we have spent the past year renovating the building, which we now hope to open up for local community use. Kayleigh Cruickshank, founder of ArtWorks, commented: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to open up the building to the local community to use and invite local groups in to take part in a series of creative workshops run by our service users. This is important because it helps local groups engage in creative activities whilst supporting our service users to gain new skills, promote independence and help our artists contribute to their local community” Maggi Clark, Councillor for Keppel Ward stated: “The regeneration of the car park will provide safe and secure access to the building for members of the local community whilst at the same time cutting down on street parking near the bus stop. This is going to mean better and safer access to what is already a huge asset to the area”. The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players to good causes, is the largest community funder in the UK.

ArtWorks exhibtion Framed By Nature

ART AND DESIGNS INSPIRED BY THE GARDENS AT WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE Framed by Nature is an exhibition showcasing works by artists from Rotherham and Sheffield with physical and learning disabilities.   The works featured are artworks and designs based on visits to Wentworth Woodhouse.  The artists have focussed on the wildlife and environment we have seen first hand during our volunteer placement working in the gardens.  Some pieces carefully illustrate the animals we have seen, whilst others create artwork through marks made with foliage found in the gardens. The designs mimic the wallpaper and patterns found in the interior  of Wentworth Woodhouse through repetition, but add a new dimension through drawing on the gardens for inspiration and though the lively use of bright colour. The exhibition opens Friday 10th May until Wednesday 29th May Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm Saturday's 10 am - 5pm Closing event and a chance to meet some of the artists Wednesday 29th May 10 am - 12 pm The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ

Molejoy is a band - EP Artwork

We were so excited when we was approached by Molejoy to have our artists artwork feature on their latest EP. I HATE IT BUT IT’S FREE was recorded live at Wysing Arts Centre (2018) by Beth Bramich with help from Simon Clear. The cover art ‘Box Series’ are collaborative paintings made by Andrew Brady, Elliott King and Tim Prestwood with support from Artworks South Yorkshire: a not for profit creative arts organisation that aims to challenge people’s perceptions of intellectual disabilities through celebrating the creativity and ambition of their artists. Your favourite neighbourhood moles finally put something down for prosperity and have released their baby 6 track EP >>> ‘I HATE IT BUT IT’S FREE’. Expect a joyful, stop/start sonic escapade through songs about cool, sexy mums, radicalising your children, battle cries about bodies, irreverence about capitalism monetising your life and selling it back to you, microwaves and breakups. You’ll laff, you’ll cry, things will never be the same again. Sounds like lots of things emerging at once. Some people once said ESG and The Pixies but that’s q a big deal so maybe more like if they had some kind of immaculate conception who is in their emergent, angsts teen years…? But maybe not. Who can say.. Grab yaself a copy and find out! I HATE IT BUT IT’S FREE is also available as a full colour, physical EP cut and folded by small mole hands. It is very special and comes in 3 different colours with lyric sheets, a poster and digital download code. The digital EP is £6, the physical one £8 OR, SUPERFANS can pick up and EP + tshirt deal for £15 on independents United here: Review by Beats to the Bar here: credits released March 22, 2019 molejoy is Sophie Chapman (bass), Giles Bunch (guitar) and Kerri Jefferis (drums), vocals by all.


WE ARE HERE showcases works by artists in Sheffield with Learning Disabilities.   All the works featured are bright and vivid featuring neon and fluorescent colours.  The artists involved felt these colours represented their positivity as a group and through using different mediums each artist has made a piece which is personal to them.  Some pieces explore the natures of different materials and textures, whilst other express feelings or present challenges to the viewer. Through this lively collection of works we hope to challenge peoples perceptions of intellectual disabilities through celebrating the creativity and ambition of the artists involved. All the artists involved are represented and supported by ArtWorks. Artists; Elliott King, Philip Chapman, Emmie Waugh, Cathy James, Michael Costen, Tim Prestwood, Jason Johnson, Andrew Brady and Sophie Grundy. Public Launch event: Thursday 1st November, 18:00 – 20:00, exhibitions runs until Sunday 18th November. Bloc Projects , 71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield, S1 4RB.

Seeing Is Believing

Seeing is Believing was curated and featured the work of the ArtWorks Collective. The exhibition opened up with a pop up event at the Millennium Gallery on Tuesday 8 August 2017. The exhibition took inspiration from the National Special Olympic Games, which was hosted in Sheffield between 7 - 12 August 2017. Seeing is Believing focused on achievement, self believe, collaborative practice and teamwork. Our artists hoped to challenge people’s perceptions of intellectual disabilities through celebrating the creativity and ambition of the artists involved. The exhibition also featured the works of; Florence Blanchard, Anthony Bennett, Roanna Wells, Geo Law, Dave Draws, Mandy Payne, Katie Harnett, Masie Paradise Shearring, Sill, David Thomas and Vicky Fong, Loopy's Place and Greg Harris. The exhibition had over 1400 visitors in just 3 days and all the artwork featured was sold, helping us to raise money to develop the artworks studio. This event was supported by; Irwin Mitchell, Daler-Rowney, Great Art, LipMate, Sheffield Museums, Sheffield City Council, LA Evans Tree Services, OW Brickwork Ltd, Pebeo, Scola, Bowltech, Bowling Vision, Boston Golf, UK Table Tennis, Signs Express, The University of Sheffield and Special Olympics GB.

Interview with Alistair Clayton

Alistair is the newest member of ArtWorks. We thought we'd have a little chat and get to know him. Five words that sum you up. Lager, music, art, conversing and messy. What or who inspires you? My mum because she’s amazing at looking after me and my brother each day. She must be made of steel to put up with us for as long as she has. Artists wise, it has to be Kid Acne. He inspires me in a sense that his street art is accepted in galleries. I like that his work doesn’t have to be a painting on a canvas to be art. He uses walls, spray cans, doors as his canvas which I like as it makes me think that the world is my canvas. What’s the most unusual canvas you’ve painted on? I like to paint on cigarette packets. Either small illustrations or change the design on the packet. I’m currently working on a bowling pin for our exhibition ‘Seeing is Believing’. It’s going to be a mushroom cloud. I’m currently building the pin up using expanding foam which i’m finding interesting to use. Then i’m going to paint it, i've never painted a pin before. You're favourite style of art? I like illustrations and fine art, paintings and stuff. I also love using spray paint. You can create a style you cant necessarily achive using other paints. Favourite artists? Lucian Freud because all his stuff his honest. One of my favourite paintings is by David Hockney, A Bigger Splash. I just love the colours used. I find it ascetically pleasing. If you could work with any artist who and why? Dali because I reckon it would be an insane experience. My favourite piece by him is ‘sleep’. I find it simultaneously interesting and terrifying. We know you love your music, what are you listening to at the moment? I’ve been listening to a band called Ghost of a Thousand. They're a hardcore band from Brighton. It’s really punchy and angry and I really like them. I love discovering new bands and music. I also like ODB from Wu-Tang Clan, he’s an hip hop icon who’s lyrics was as filthy as his teeth. What band did you last see? Madball at the Parish in Huddesfield. They're another hardcore band. I go to see bands with my mates and we go all over the country to see our favourite bands. I’m going to see Run the Jewels later this year in Birmingham which i’m looking forward to. I also want to see Queens of the Stone Age and Andrew W K if I can before the end of the year. Tell us a little bit about the exhibition you are currently working on? We are currently working on an exhbition for this years Special Olympics called 'Seeing is Believing'. I’m excited it’s going to be in the Millennium Gallery because it means lots of people will see our work. I’m also looking forward to having my work next to artists like Florence Blanchard and Anthony Bennet.

Interview with Maisie Paradise Shearing

Maisie Paradise Shearring is an illustrator and storyteller. She was born in Hull in the North of England. Maisie loves drawing, writing stories and making picture books and comics.  In April 2015 Maisie won the International Award for Illustration at Bologna Children's Book Fair. Maisie's first published book is an illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde's text, The Happy Prince (El Príncipe Feliz). She has just finished illustrating a picture book text written by Clementine Beauvais and is currently working with Two Hoots on her debut picture book as both author and illustrator. We got ArtWorks very own illustrator Michael to interview Masie. When did you become an illustrator and why? I have always enjoyed art since being very small, and it was my favourite subject at school. After college, I studied an art foundation course where you get to try out all the different types of art. I did some painting, illustration, textiles, photography and illustration was my favourite. I chose to continue studying it because its all about drawing and often about story telling which are the things I like to do the most! Here is a drawing I did when I was very small of my favourite painting at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. How did you get started and become a well known illustrator? After my art foundation I studied illustration in Edinburgh and then I studied an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge. I wanted to study an MA to learn more about illustrating and working on a narrative as whilst in Edinburgh I was always making stories, but I wanted to learn a lot more about how to make a really good sequence. I learnt a lot in Cambridge and met lots of great illustrators. I became more well known after winning an illustration prize in Bologna - which is a big children’s book fair for all the different publishers to go to. What inspiration do you draw on when thinking up your stories? I go outside and look around and try to find something interesting that might start a story. I people watch! I also do lots of drawing all the time, and often a story begins with drawing characters. Also I think about things that I did when I was a child. Sometimes I think about a feeling like being really jealous or being really cross and then I draw a character who I think suits that feeling. What materials are your favourite to work with? I like using paint, pencil crayon, ink and collage. I use lots of materials for every illustration usually. I like how they all give a different texture or feeling to the work. Here is a photo of my box full of different paper to use for collage and also a picture of my very messy desk! Do you draw everyday and do you have any advice about how to improve our drawings? I do draw virtually everyday, even on holiday because I really love it. My advice would be to keep drawing all the time, and to think about what your favourite things are to draw, because often when you love something it will show in your work. You can also try drawing with different things, and on different paper. You don’t always have to just use a pencil on white paper. You could draw drawing with paint on coloured paper. Here are some recent pages of drawings from my sketchbook.  I’d really like to see your drawings too! How do you decide what picture to put on the cover of your books? Sometimes the publisher tells me what they would like, and then I draw different miniature options for them to choose from. Sometimes I decide! Which is more fun. Usually I try to put the characters from the story and think about what makes me want to pick a book up. Here are some of the options I thought of for the Happy Prince cover and the cover of another book which is out in France. What is your next book about? My next book is about people being mean to someone just because they are different. It is still a secret though! It is out next year in June. What are your other hobbies? I like running! I like music lots, I always have music on in my house! I love going to the cinema and watching films. I like reading. I am going camping next week - I like camping and the outdoors. Do you like crazy golf?!? I do! I used to play it lots because where I used to go camping there was a really good crazy golf course. There was one bit with a windmill where you had to get it up a hill,  past the windmills blades, through the windmill and out the other side. How many cats have you got? I have one, he is all black and he is called Bunk. He keeps me company whilst I make my books. I would like more pets, but I think he would be too cross, because he likes to be the only pet in the house! Sometimes when I leave my studio and I come back he is sat on my work like this!

An interview with Adrian Ashworth

Somewhere in Time is the new exhibition on at the Barnsley Civic.  It's a collection of portraits by photographer Adrian Ashworth that explore the relationships between those with dementia and their carers.  Adrain popped into ArtWorks to tell us about his latest exhibition and his love for photography. How did you get into photography? I’ve always taken pictures since I was thirteen when my Mum and Dad bought me a Praktica Nova 35 ml camera.  My mother was an artist, so she had an eye for painting.  When I used to look at her landscape pictures I thought they were perfect.  They always got me thinking more about the picture and what outside of the view in the painting.  Getting a camera allowed me to do the same thing, my profession and what I’m good at, above being a photographer, is compositions.  I can see a picture wherever I am and I love doing it.  I started taking pictures of the dog and then holidays, wildlife parks.  I spent a lot of time North Wales so got affiliated with the sea.  As I got older, people always said I should do it for a living but I didn’t, instead I started a computer company.  I still continued to take photos, but began to realise I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing for a living so in 2009 so I decided to set up as a professional photographer and I haven’t looked back.   I don’t make lots of money, but I do have a better life.  For me, standing waist high in the sea or stood at the top of a mountain taking pictures is far better than anything I’ve ever done. How did you learn photography? It’s about having the eye, being able to compose a picture.  It comes naturally to me, which I think I got from my mother.  I do teach people who haven’t got it, y as ou can learn.  It’s not easy but once you get a basic knowledge about where people should look and not look at a camera and how a landscape scene should look you begin to build up a composition.  Compositions are far more important than the quality of the shot itself. What was your first photography job? I worked for the Woodland Trust in 2009. They own lots of woodland in the UK and some of it will be lost due to the new high speed train.  I went out and photographed the woodland that was going to be affected.  These woodlands are not where people go, they’re at the side of motorways or under bridges.  I had to crawl through tunnels to get to some of the places, but they are the most beautiful woodlands.  I used to sit there in a carpet of Bluebells and take pictures, and get paid, it was great. The first Picture you ever took? It’s got to be a family dog, I love taking pictures of dogs, I love animals.  I now work with wolves, I’m a Wolf Watch UK photographer, it’s a fantastic job.  When you stand in a 600-acre woodland and there’s no one else around and you hear the wolves howl, it makes you cry because it’s so beautiful.  When they come close to you and howl, your ears pop.  I’ve loved wolves since I was a kid.  The second dog I had was a timber wolf crossed with a husky, a big black wolf type dog, she was fantastic. I now have four huskies, which are the nearest I’ll get to owning a wolf. What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on? It’s got to be this latest project, working with people with dementia and their families.  I wanted to highlight the fact that when people look at somebody with dementia they see disabilities but I wanted to get past that.  I wanted to show people that love and care for each other, that’s the whole emphasis on this exhibition. That people care for people no matter if they’ve got dementia, who cares! What’s the best location you’ve travelled to? Moscow, one of the most beautiful places in Winter, I’d go back tomorrow.  I’ve stood in the Red Square at minus 35 degrees with the most beautiful snowflakes falling on my hands, just like the ones you used to make at school out of paper.  I’ve never seen anything like that before.  The people are beautiful, the architecture is fantastic, but the best thing of all was the ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow.  Ballet does nothing for me, but being there it was amazing, once in a life time. How many photo’s does it take to get the perfect shot? One, it only takes the one because there will only be the ‘one shot’.  There is an old saying, you miss a 100 percent of the shots that you don’t take.  What it means is get out there with your camera and get taking pictures.  Also if you want to take interesting pictures go and stand in front of something more interesting.  Try and tell a story with your photographs. Where can we see your new exhibition? You can see it at the Barnsley Civic 22nd April until 3rd June.  After that it will be at the Houses of Parliament from the 3rd July onwards.  I’m not sure after that but we are hoping it will also go to Doncaster and Scunthorpe or Hull.  I’d like it to go to Hull as it’s the City of Culture but we’ll see. I want the exhibition to effect people that have never come across dementia.  I was the same before my father had dementia or I worked on this project, I’ didn’t know anything about it.  This is why I want to make people who aren’t aware of it, aware of it as it could happen to anyone at anytime.  There’s no age limit on it, I’ve seen it happen to people as young as thirty. We are currently learning how to use a camera, could you give us your top three tips? There’s’ only one thing; switch it to manual mode and learn about ISO, forget all other settings, work in manual and work out what you need for each shot. What are you’re up and coming projects? Hopefully working with yourselves... You can see the exhibition at The Civic Barnsley, until the 3rd June 2017.

Interview with Greg Harris

A special piece of artwork and outdoor mural to celebrate Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield in August 2017 has been unveiled today in Sheffield City Centre.  We are please to be a part of the collaboration along with local artist and friend Greg Harris.  We interviewed Greg about the finished piece of artwork. How did you get involved with the special Olympics? I received an email from the MD at Glue Design , they designed the logo for the 2017 Special Olympics and they’ve also  worked with Instant Print in the past, Instant Print  created my phone case covers  that  were  on sale  last year at The Christmas Market on Fargate in Sheffield as we say It’s a small world. Have You Ever Been To The Olympics? Sorry to say I’ve never been to the Olympics the only sports I seem to follow are Cricket, Golf and Snooker, I know Jess Ennis Hill has  bought a few of my Henderson’s Relish prints in the past for friend which is really nice to hear.  I guess I’m a bit boring. I can appreciate all the hard work and dedication  that all the athletes put themselves through  and I admire them so much, I did watch the Olympics on the box  though,  A good friend of mine is a sports physiologist who worked with some big Tour Golf Pros and now he’s working with up and coming athletes. If you were a competitor Which Sport Would You Play? At school I was terrible at sport and I hated the lessons,  to be honest I was the last kid to get picked for any team event and the only kid  I could beat at running in my class  was overweight and a heavy smoker to  which is no word  of lie.   I was pretty small and not very strong.   I guess my game now is golf as I got pretty good at one point and I can still hit a long drive.  Oh I was  Ok At Cricket and pretty  good on the old BMX as a kid I was the wheelie King on our Rd many years ago yet I never broke any bones  even though I did some stupid crazy stuff. Where Did you get your inspiration from for the Artwork? I have to say my inspiration came from all you  guys at Artworks the pictures you all created and showed me in the meeting with Chris Hull were  fantastic  a real big help to me, so thanks guys  It was great to meet some of the athletes to, and talk to them about there aspirations for next years event.   I’m also a big fan of Joe Scarborough’s work I just love the vibrancy and  figure work he does  in his paintings there full of joy  I really wanted to get my style across in the  mural along with the Sheffield landmarks. I was also watching some of the athletes on the internet and the warmth that comes across I think  everyone should learn from this, I hope I’ve done the mural justice. How long did It take to plan and create? It took roughly over a month and a half to plan and create the Special Olympics  mural It’s always a hard thing starting from a blank canvas I find.   There’s always that  common thing called the dreaded artist blocks that get’s in the way and  for me It was more than just sticking a few landmarks in with  athletes dotted around , It’s one of the biggest projects I’ve taken  on not just in size too. What was the trickiest part? It’s always pretty tricky when you start a new picture even when you’ve been doing It for along time. My art style has changed somewhat It’s become quirky so I’ve been told It use to be very tight and I use to draw and paint a lot of wildlife. I guess the figures were pretty tricky and I hope the athletes will recognise themselves I hope they like what I’ve done I’m really proud of the mural. We love Sheffield landmarks and places. Which is your favourite place in Sheffield and why? That’s a tough question to answer, to be honest there’s so many,   I have  lots of fond memories of so many different places and landmarks as a kid I loved Redgates the best toy shop around  3 floors full of toys, The Goodwin fountain on a hot  sunny day you could chill out watch the rainbows in the fountain shoots around  the rim and It was all lit up at night.   Millhouses Paddling Pool and Lido I really enjoyed my time down there as a kid with my sister in the 6 weeks summer holidays during the 1970s. The Hole in the Rd I really liked walking through there everyone remembers the green fish tank an occasional  flash of silver from the fish to say hey were  still alive and kicking.   I love going through the Sheffield Parks  Graves Millhouses, Encliffe  Norfolk and Bishops House Meersbrook park on which you get some fantastic views of Sheffield I also like to meet up with friends in the Millennium Gallery and winter gardens It’s a great escape from all the hustle and bustle  of town centre life.   I  guess Kelham Island Museum comes first I’ve been going down there for over 30 years now and I’m there as a volunteer for 2 days a month and I really enjoy It.   My first landmark Picture was the Tinsley Cooling Towers so sad to see  em   go that’s where the gone but not forgotten range all started  and that’s why there in the mural to. The Special Olympics #Sheffield17 art will be on display in the city centre across from the train station over the next six months.

Making Doc/Fest Happen

Sheffield’s Doc/Fest starts soon and we are excited to be volunteering at the festival. Emmie Waugh talks to the festival’s operations manager about how the festival comes together and what attendees can look forward to! We are all looking forward to volunteering at the festival! Can you tell us where in Sheffield is the festival held? The festival programme takes place across many venues in Sheffield including film screenings at: City Hall, Showroom Cinema, the Curzon Cinema, Abbeydale Picture House, the Library Theatre, as well as free outdoor screenings at the Guardian Screen on Tudor Square and the Beijing Screen on Howard Street.  The free Alternate Realities programme is at Site Gallery and The Space, and the Millennium Gallery. Talks are at The Crucible and for the first time this year there’ll be a public programme at the Doc Exchange in Tudor Square which is designed by award-winning Sheffield architect Tony Broomhead. How long does the festival take to put together? 12 months! But this is our 23rd year, so we have many systems in place that work for us, so its like a big wheel that keeps on turning. We just tweak, add and improve each year to make a bigger and better festival for Sheffield. How many people are you expecting to attend? In 2015 we welcomed over 30,000 documentary-makers and lovers to Sheffield, including 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries. 350 volunteers helping us to put the Festival together! Your job must be really interesting project managing the festival. How did you end up in your job role? I have always had a passion for the arts. I went to college and volunteered in as many different projects as I could. I started to work for Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2012 as a Venue Coordinator and have developed my role from there. It’s great fun! What is your favourite bit of the festival? The few weeks before when everything that we have been working on comes together! It’s so exciting and rewarding to see the results! What is you favourite Documentary? I have many, but for me it’s got to be ‘From the Sea to the Land Beyond’, which is a beautiful archive film. I worked on the premier event with a live soundtrack performed by British Sea Power. What kind of themes of Documentary will we see this year? Reflected too in the Alternate Realities programme, the Doc/Fest Film film programme is organised into award categories plus new strands: Get Up and Dance, No Place Like Home, Outdoor Adventure, Food & Drink, as well as firm favourites Behind the Beats, Instigators and Agitators, Women in Docs, Queer Screen, Global Encounters, Euro/Doc and Best of British. Will we see you at the after parties? Of course- I love to go to the Doc/Fest parties! I’m particularly looking forward to Vogue, Strike a Pose Party at the O2 Academy on Saturday night which celebrates two of the films in the programme – Kiki and Strike a Pose!

KAWS at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On a cold but sunny Tuesday morning we visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to check out the KAWS exhibition.  YSP are the first UK museum to exhibit work by KAWS and his cartoon like figures have taken over the park in enormous proportions. KAWS is an American graffiti artist, painter, illustrator, sculptor, toymaker, and product designer. He was born in 1974 in Jersey City as Brian Donnelly. In 1996 he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. After graduation, KAWS briefly worked for Disney as a freelance animator painting backgrounds, working on the animated series 101 Dalmatians, Daria and Doug. While living in Jersey City, KAWS began his career as a graffiti artist. By the early 1990s his work could be seen on billboards, bus stops and phone booths throughout New York City. By the late 1990s, KAWS had an opportunity to design and produce limited edition vinyl toys. Jack - I like how all KAWS’s characters have the same skull and cross bones so you know it’s his work.  My favourite work by KAWS was Ups and Downs. I love all  the  colours he uses and the clean lines. I could look at his work all day, the more you look the more you notice. My favourite sculpture was Companion (Resting Place). I thought that the bright colours against the black really stood from the rest of the sculptures.  I liked all the detail and how it was sat on the floor.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  Since we saw the exhibition I have been taking inspiration from KAWS to create my own work.  I have been using acrylic on canvas to create bright pieces of work like I saw at the gallery, but one day I would love to be able to make toys and sculptures just like KAWS. ArtWorks Interview with Dr Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at YSP Liz - Why did KAWS choose to do his show at the YSP? We are one of the very few places in the country, maybe even the world, which can show paintings in a gallery and huge sculptures in the open air. KAWS also liked that we are free and that lots of people visit, so will see his work. Philip - How did the KAWS sculptures get made? Was it at Yorkshire Sculpture Park? KAWS works with very skilled carpenters and sculpture makers in Belgium. They were made there then came to YSP on a lorry and ferry. Micheal - How long did they take to build? It took two weeks to build all of the outdoor sculptures, with around 14 men working every day. SMALL LIE, for example, took five people one week and needed a large crane too. Mark - Which is your favourite KAWS sculpture and why? I think my favourite is GOOD INTENTIONS, which is new. We are the first people to ever see it and I like that the Companion character in it seems to be a bit more confident, now he has a child to protect. Jason - How are the sculptures coloured in? The outdoor sculptures are all made of wood and painted. The indoor sculptures are made of different materials: bronze, aluminium, fibreglass and vinyl. The metal ones are painted once they are made. The colour is mixed into the fibreglass and vinyl before the sculptures are made. Tim Which one is the biggest? SMALL LIE, which isn't small at all! It is nearly 10 metres tall. Phil - How did you make the big ones stand up? Was it hard to do? First big holes had to be dug in the grass, and then concrete was poured in to make the bases. The sculptures have special fittings underneath the feet that fix into the concrete, making sure they can stand up and be safe. Emmie - What will happen to the sculptures when the show finishes? The sculptures will go back to KAWS and will probably be shown in other places, maybe even travelling to other countries. Jason - We need to do decorate our garden at Art Works can we have the big one? If it was ours I would let you borrow it but unfortunately it doesn't belong us. Perhaps you could build your own sculptures for your garden? Jack - What next at YSP? An exhibition called At Home, with sculptures, paintings and drawings based on things you might find where you live. This exhibition opens on 19 March. Eric - If we make a sculpture can we display it at YSP? We might be able to show it for a few days, depending on how easy it is to move around. Or you could build it in your garden and send us pictures, and we'll show them to everyone we know!

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