The Sheffield Pavilion 2009

The Sheffield Pavilion 2009

As well as organising the Art Sheffield international biennial festivals in the city, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum (SCAF) also organises projects which aim to promote the work of Sheffield based artists in international contexts. 

To date SCAF has organised The Sheffield Pavilion, an exhibition of commissioned artwork in book form which was launched and distributed at the Venice Biennale, Documenta and  Skulptur Projekte Munster festivals in 2007. This nexus of projects falling together offered a unique opportunity to symbiotically present the work of ten Sheffield-based artists and promote the contemporary art activity taking place in Sheffield in an international context.

The next project - The Sheffield Pavilion 2009 underwent a change in both form and context, moving from book to screening programme/DVD edition and from a launch at the Venice Biennale to one in Istanbul in September 2009 during the opening days of the 11th Istanbul Biennial.  The construct of the ‘Pavilion’ (a temporary structure used for leisure, entertainment or exhibition) was again  used to structure the project and the artists’ contributions. A nomadic pavilion is easy to pack up and move on to further seek its audience, it can respond to the migratory movements of the art world with equal levels of critique and complicity. 

As well as existing as an exhibited screening programme of specially commissioned and existing artists’ films, a limited edition DVD edition was produced with accompanying essay by artist/curator Ian White and designed by renowned Sheffield-based design firm The Designers Republic. These were distributed at the launch and are also available by contacting SCAF.

Participating artists: 

Richard Bartle, Chloe Brown, Katie Davies, Hondartza Fraga, Steve Hawley, Esther Johnson, Tony Kemplen, Haroon Mirza, Paul Morrison, No Fixed Abode, Third Angel

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