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 Rotherham 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.