16 February - 30 March 2008
City-wide contemporary art event

Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum and partners put on various events as part of or in conjunction with Art Sheffield 08. This activity included an Art Sheffield 08 Symposium, various talks and tours, a screening and a careers symposium for young people.


Thursday 28 & Friday 29 February

A series of presentations and discussion events took place over two consecutive days during the festival, which aimed to extend the ideas explored in Art Sheffield 08. The symposium looked at the theme of exhaustion in different contexts, including art, architecture and politics; focused on artistic professional development and the circulation of artistic labour; and explored ideas of the local and the international.

The Symposium comprised a guided tour, three presentations and talks, and a film screening.

symposium podcasts

Session 1 (Thursday 28 February): Jan Verwoert, with Diemantas Narkevicius.
Session 2 (Friday 29 February): Jan Verwoert with Babak Afrassiabi and Irit Rogoff.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February): Becky Shaw, Jennifer Johns and Annika Eriksson.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February): Breakout session with Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February):Breakout session with Jeanine Griffin and Katy Woods.
Plenary (Friday 29 February)



Talks & Tours

Saturday Tours
started from Millennium Galleries

Throughout Art Sheffield 08 there was a free tour every Saturday, led by Sheffield based artists. The tours lasted approximately 1 hour, and offered a unique and personal insight into the ideas behind the works and the city-wide event as a whole.

Thursday Lunchtime Tours
An Introduction to the Exhibition at Millennium Galleries
Free 20-minute lunchtime tours offered a brief introduction to the works at Millennium Galleries.

Co-curator's Talk: Jan Verwoert
Free informal gallery talk giving an introduction to the citywide exhibition as a whole in relation to individual works at the Millennium Galleries.


Deimantas Narkevicius’ ‘Energy Lithuania’
Thursday 28 February 5.45pm
Showroom Cinema

Deimantas Narkevicius portrays the situation in the Lithuanian city of Elektrénai, a city that was built in 1962 around a major electric power Station and which lost its raison d'être when Lithuania regained its independence in the 1990s and the station lost the function it fulfilled within the USSR economy. As Narkevicius documents, the station and city exist in peculiar state of latency, neither fully operative nor entirely shut down.


Careers Symposium

Art Sheffield 08 Careers Symposium
Wednesday 12 March
Millennium Galleries

Students who were considering a career in art and design were invited to a half day symposium, organised and hosted by Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust. This was focused around the ART SHEFFIELD 08 event, and explored the many different ways to practice art. The aim of the event was to develop a greater and more realistic awareness of possible career opportunities for young people within the arts sector. Guest speakers included regionally and nationally known artists.