One of ArtWorks main aims is to ensure our artists play an active and positive role within their community. We source collaborative projects and partnerships to ensure that our artists get the best experiences whilst at ArtWorks. Below are some of the projects our artists have been involved in.
‘Hope Shines’ aimed to brighten the day of the village residents by showing uplifting messages of support and hope when reflecting on the last 12 months. The designs have been created by ArtWorks artists in hope it adds a smile to the day of the people passing by. During these unusual times, creativity and community are more important than ever.
As many galleries have been closed due to restrictions we decided that an outdoor exhibition within our local community would be the perfect opportunity to begin showing our art work to the world again!
At Thrybergh Country Park, our artist were involved in the 'Hope Fields' project, a living memorial, to honour both the victims of COVID-19 and those who fought the virus. The ArtWorks artists were commissioned to create a beautiful new bird hide and activity boards. Our artists created the design for the new bird hide, drew birds for the bird spotting board and created activities for everyone to get involved with while visiting the park.
A small group of our artists, known as The Bradgate Band, have written, recorded, and composed their own album titled Livin' La Vida Lockdown. The musicians think about the process of re-evaluating ourselves and our basic daily life, which has been a result of the lockdown experience. The album cover features artwork created by artists at Steps Residential Care with support from Christopher Johns.
The Bradgate Band CD is available to purchase from our Shop.
We have completed several creative projects working in both SEN and mainstream schools. These include running art and drama session for World Book Day at Seven Hill School and Hill Top School and creating a large installation exploring plastic in the ocean at Nethergreen Primary School.
We were commissioned to create two painted boards to line the rooftop tour at Wentworth Woodhouse. We created bright vibrant designs which could be read from a distance.
Our artists are taking over the streets of Sheffield with their bright and larger than life murals. Our friends at Bloc Projects asked us to brighten up their billboards and we think our artists did an amazing job. You can admire their fantastic work by popping down to Eyre Lane. Make sure you check out the latest exhibition at Bloc Projects whilst you're there!
Our artists have spent the last month transforming The Local Theatre's new premises. A team of artists have been turning the cafe space into a work of art. We hope you enjoy the space as much as we've enjoyed transforming it! You can check out The Local Theatre at 24-26 Snigg Hill, Sheffield, S3 8NB.
In collaboration with The Button Tin, we ran a "Pop Up" Sewing Room in Rotherham Market. Stitching Hope Together. A little creative disruption goes a long way! We inspired and uplifted the local market traders around us and all who passed by, injecting much need life in empty spaces...with Art.
We have been funded by Theatre Deli to create a mural outside their new building (an old umbrella factory) in the Centre of Sheffield. Our artists worked to a brief set by Theatre Deli and came up with the beautiful umbrella inspired piece. Eleven of our artists worked together over a two week period in June and we think they’ve done an amazing job!
We have been funded by the Big Lottery Fund to run projects supporting our artists to gain crucial life skills, supporting them to become more independent and healthy. As part of the project, we will be running coffee and cake sessions to isolated groups within the community.
We are excited to be working in partnership with Site Gallery on their funding project 'City of Ideas'
’The project will create new and accessible public art commissions animating existing
spaces in the city centre. Our artists will focus on the accessibility of the new spaces.
Our artists and Special Olympic athletes were asked to create artwork to celebrate the promotion of Sheffield United in 2017. Football fans Chris and Jack's hand painted the artwork before using photoshop to transform into a banner. This was presented to manager Chris Wilder and is on display in the ground.
Our artists were approached by Sheffield Wednesday FC to help them create a mural in their family enclosure for the EFL Family Excellence Award in 2017. It took 5 of our artists just 6 days to complete the full mural which celebrates equality and diversity.
Special Olympics GB approached ArtWorks to work with local digital artist Greg Harris to create the official art work for the Sheffield Games. Our artists worked with some of the participating athletes and Greg Harris to come up with the design. This is displayed in the city centre by the train station. Our artist also designed the official mascots for the 2017 games.
Our artist was happy to lend a hand with Feature Walls, an outdoor gallery of contemporary art in the heart of the city centre. Sixteen artists, both local and international were invited to paint murals in the city centre by Bradbury & Blanchard. Artist's featured included; Faunagraphic, Florence Blanchard, Jo Peel, Kid Acne, Pete McKee, Phlegm & Rocket01.
This mural covers the entrance hall to the Wentworth Woodhouse gardens. We were commissioned by Wentworth Woodhouse to complete the mural to make the entrance way more beautiful for the public accessing the garden.
We are delighted to be involved, alongside 20 other arts charities , in the creation of the 3rd edition of 'Secret Dishes From Around The World' recipe book, a project created by Bounceback Food. For this book, one of our talented artists, Josh, will be producing an original piece of art to go alongside a recipe!
When artist Florence Blanchard asked if we could help out with her new project at Twinkl we couldn't refuse. We're really happy to be part of this project, which will bring another beautiful and inspiring piece of street art to the city. Twinkl provides an online catalogue of more than 625,000 resources and services for schools and educators.
Cliff House Mural
Our artists have been busy creating this colourful mural at Cliff House Care Home in Chesterfield. Cliff House provides 40 bedded accommodation offering dementia, residential, and respite care and care for those with mental health needs. We hope our beach hut inspired mural will bring sunshine to the residents all year round.
Art in the Community
ArtWorks are working with Rotherham Market to provide monthly art workshops. Each month our artists run a different workshop within the indoor market passing on their skills to the local community. Please keep an eye out on our social media feeds to find out about our upcoming events.
Wayward is a London-based landscape, art and architecture practice an award-winning collective of designers, artists and urban growers. Our artists have been busy working with Wayward to help develop the Pinball Park as part of our work with Site Gallery and the development of the cultural quarter.
The Cellar Mural
Our artists were approached by the lovely guys at DINA to design and create another Mural for The Cellar, Sheffield’s newest fringe theatre. Artists Chris and Elliott worked on the design work again to a brief and had a little help from some of our other artists to transform the design onto a larger outdoor space.
Society of Explorers
We have been working with Site Gallery as part of their young people's project 'society of explorers'. Our artists went down to 'Site Gallery Introducing at The Folk Forest' as part of Tramlines weekend to document the festival including interviewing the performing artists. Watch this space to see how we got on.
'The Art of Banners' led by local textile artist Gemma Nemer (The Button Tin). Themed around solidarity and resilience we will create a unique hand stitched piece inspired by the Craftivist Movement and a tribute to this year's Vote 100 Suffrage celebrations.
We ran a silent auction to raise funds for the Lord mayor's charities. Over 20 local artists donated work for the auction which included art from our very own artists. The pop-up exhibition was displayed at Virgin Money Lounge and raised over £1400.
We were delighted to be selected as one of the Lord Mayor of Sheffield's chosen charities for 2016/17. This has given us some fantastic opportunities working alongside; Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield Young Carers, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance.
ArtWorks were awarded an environmental grant from the Greggs Foundation to help improve the local environment. Enabling us to run a number of projects including maintaining elderly people's gardens, volunteering at the local woodlands and making bird boxes for our community.
ArtWorks were granted £500 form Grow Wild to come up with a creative project that would engage people about the importance of UK native wildflowers. Our project 'Youll miss me when I'm gone' won the Star Create Youth Project for the most innovative, creative and impactful project. Artist Jack was invited to Kew Gardens to pick up the award.