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


Frieze Jan/Feb 2008: Looking Forward, Biennials 2008: Art Sheffield 08 (PDF 988kb)
Guardian G2 26 Feb 2008: Clocking Off, Adrian Searle (PDF 972kb)
Art Monthly April 2008: Review of Art Sheffield 08 (PDF 676kb)
The Independent 7 March 2008: Pick of the Week, Going Out Section (260kb)


Guardian Unlimited 18 February 2008: 'Say 'Yes' to Art Sheffield 08', Jessica Lack
Metro: Art Sheffield 08 Bloc: Ongoing coverage of the festival - around 20 various articles
24 Hour Museum: Art Takes Over a City for Sheffield 08: Yes, No, Other Options
BBC South Yorkshire February 2008: Preview of Art Sheffield 08
BBC South Yorkshire February 2008: Art Sheffield 08 at the Millennium Galleries
BBC South Yorkshire February 2008: Feature on Katy Woods
Yorkshire Post 29 February 2008: The City of Steel becomes the City of Art


Sheffield Telegraph 15 Feb 2008: Preview of Art Sheffield (PDF 520kb)
Sheffield Telegraph 15 Feb 2008: Katie Davies (PDF 360kb)
Sheffield Telegraph 28 March 2008: Tim Etchells (PDF 416kb)


www.timetchells.com: Comments on Roman Ondak's piece by fellow AS08 artist Tim Etchells

DOCUMENTATION: For images of the work in situ click here


Art Sheffield 08
City-wide Contemporary Art Festival
Announces Artists for 2008

Contemporary art festival ART SHEFFIELD 08 takes place from 16 February - 30 March 2008 in venues across the city including Bloc, End Gallery, Millennium Galleries, S1 Artspace, Site Gallery, Yorkshire ArtSpace, temporary venues and the public realm.

Taking as its foundation a specially commissioned text by art critic Jan Verwoert, this city-wide exhibition addresses the fact that in a post-industrial condition, one particularly pertinent to Sheffield, we have entered into a service culture where we no longer just work, we perform in a perpetual mode of ‘I Can’. (Even advertising tells us that ‘Life gets more exciting when you say yes’).

Verwoert asks, “What would it mean to put up resistance against a social order in which high performance and performance-related evaluation has become a growing demand, if not a norm? What would it mean to resist the need to perform?” He suggests that certain means of resisting are in themselves creative - that as well as embracing exuberant performativity, art has also used the ‘ I Can’t’, by creating moments where the flow of action is interrupted, established meanings are suspended and alternative ways to act become imaginable. He suggests that as well as yes and no, there may be other options.

A mix of both emerging and established Sheffield-based, nationally and internationally-based artists were selected for ART SHEFFIELD 08 as their work was felt to have a close relationship to this contextual text. In a range of media, from site specific to painting, sculpture and video, the pieces examine the issues raised by Verwoert.

Artists include Tomma Abts, Michal Budny, Phil Collins, Andrew Cooke, Kerstin Kartscher, Silke Otto Knapp, Július Koller, Jiri Kovanda, Ruth Legg, Hilary Lloyd, Deimantas Narkevicius, Ines Schaber, Sean Snyder, Frances Stark, Mladen Stilinovic, Esther Stocker, Nasrin Tabatabai, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tsui Kuang-Yu, Gitte Villesen, Eveline Van Den Berg, Ryszard Wasko, Nicole Wermers and Xu Tan.

For the event there will be new commissions from Katie Davies, Annika Eriksson, Tim Etchells, Vlatka Horvat, Host Artist's Group, Janice Kerbel, George Henry Longly, Roman Ondak, Kirsten Pieroth, Paul Rooney, Dexter Sinister, Esther Stocker, Neil Webb, Katy Woods and Kan Xuan.


Notes to Editors:

Images for ART SHEFFIELD 08 can be downloaded from www.artsheffield.org.uk/as08/images.html

A press trip is planned for the launch of Art Sheffield 08 on Friday 15 February 2008. Please contact Catharine Braithwaite on 07947 644 110 for more details.

ART SHEFFIELD 08 is the fourth city-wide event organised by Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum (SCAF) and is co-curated by Berlin-based critic and art historian Jan Verwoert Jan Verwoert & SCAF. Jan Verwoert’s full text is available here

Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum initiates and organises city-wide contemporary art events. To date these have included ARTLINK in October 2001, which linked the programmes of the gallery spaces in Sheffield by means of a joint promotional campaign and a free bus route between venues; ART SHEFFIELD 03 in March-April 2003, which was a multi-venue festival of contemporary art, involving over 55 artists in 16 venues and drew an audience of 39,000; and more recently ART SHEFFIELD 05: Spectator T in November 2005, a high profile city-wide festival involving 12 new commissions and work by 41 established and emerging artists which drew a total of 48,446 visits.

Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum has also recently organized The Sheffield Pavilion, an artists’ book and DVD, launched and distributed at The Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel, Germany, in order to promote the work of Sheffield-based artists.

Jan Verwoert is a contributing editor of Frieze and writes for various publications including Frieze, Afterall and Metropolis M. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. His book, Bas Jan Ader - In Search of the Miraculous, was published in 2006 by Afterall Books/MIT Press.

For further press information please contact Catharine Braithwaite on 07947 644 110 or cat@we-r-lethal.com