28 October – 27 November 2005

Welcome to the website for ART SHEFFIELD 05: Spectator T an ambitious city-wide contemporary art event which took place within Sheffield’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites from 28 October to 27 November 2005.

For the event, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum (SCAF) developed a challenging programming structure and commissioned artist-curator Gavin Wade to propose a context for the event. Gavin wrote a contextual piece of writing around a fictional “curatorial character” called Tony T (Spectator T). Visit context to read the full story and supporting texts.

Artists were invited to send in proposals responding to Spectator T. There was a huge interest from artists based locally, all around the UK and internationally, and many of their responses are posted on this site. Work was selected from the submissions, and the resulting programme was an exciting mix of existing works and new commissions from both established and emerging artists.

A linked symposium took place on 28 October with contributions from Gavin Wade, external commentators JJ Charlesworth and Sally O'Reilly, SCAF Director Steve Dutton, and exhibiting artists Becky Shaw, Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan. Transcriptions of the symposium can be downloaded from the programme page.

Images of the works shown in ART SHEFFIELD 05: Spectator T are also available to view on the programme page.