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Reviews

Art Monthly May 2010: Review by David Briers: Page 1Page 2Page 3
Culture 24 March 2010: Review by Ben Miller
A-N Magazine June 2010: Review by Charlotte Morgan (online link)
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Page 2 (viewable jpgs)
Frieze (online) April 2010: Review by Colin Perry
Art Review June 2010: Review by Oliver Basciano
Guardian (online): Review by Alfred Hickling

Yorkshire Post March 2010: Six of the best put Sheffield in the Picture, Sheena Hastings (online link), Page 1Page 2
Sheffield Telegraph March 2010: Life classes in art, Ian Soutar

Article Magazine March 2010, issue 12: Susan Hiller: Viewable jpegonline link
Article Magazine April 2010, issue 13: Rachel Koolen: Viewable jpeg Page 1,Page 2

press release January 2010:

Art Sheffield 2010
Life: A User’s Manual

6 March – 1 May 2010
Opening event: Friday 5 March 5.45-9.30pm

Art Sheffield 2010 is a citywide contemporary art event showcasing artwork by locally, nationally and internationally based artists.

This is the fifth event, organised by Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum (SCAF), to take place since 2001 and takes the form of a single exhibition, spread across the city’s gallery spaces: Bloc, Millennium Gallery, S1 Artspace, Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery and the public realm.

For Art Sheffield 2010, SCAF have worked with Netherlands-based curators Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher, who have collaborated with curators and artists in the city to select a dynamic and varied programme, featuring artwork that reflects the curatorial framework chosen for the event this year.

The title of Art Sheffield 2010 – Life: A User’s Manual – refers to Georges Perec’s 1978 novel in which he builds up a detailed picture of the inhabitants of a single apartment block by describing the spaces in which they live, the objects in their rooms, the photos and paintings on the walls. There is something to this concentration on detail and the relationship between the individual and the collective that seems timely to explore when we feel as never before – especially with the current crisis – the effects of economic and social pressures on our everyday actions. Attempting to grapple with such global changes and not be overwhelmed by them – venturing to ask ‘where am I in this?’ – is where art and the encounters it creates can be most powerful.

A key concern overall is to explore the notion of ‘affect’. Often used interchangeably with the experience of feeling or emotion, it is essentially an ability to affect others and in turn to be affected by them. Art Sheffield 2010 – Life: A User’s Manual proposes that unspectacular acts of everyday ‘affect’ might be a way to chart a path through current circumstances. Affect, not understood in the romantic sense as catharsis, often promised by art, but as the potential for embodied interpersonal experience which may suggest the next possible step within the bigger picture.

Artists include: Ruth Buchanan, Nina Canell , Phil Collins, Yael Davids, Kate Davis /Jimmy Robert, Ruth Ewan, Maud Haya Baviera, Susan Hiller, Rachel Koolen, Charlotte Morgan, Haroon Mirza, No Fixed Abode, Kateřina Šedá, Becky Shaw, Jo Spence, Hito Steyerl, Imogen Stidworthy, Wendelien van Oldenborg, Emily Wardill, Haegue Yang, Katarina Zdjelar.

Please check www.artsheffield.org for full details or contact SCAF on +44 (0)114 281 2013 or contact@artsheffield.org

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Notes:

Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum is a not-for-profit company working to further the presence and awareness of contemporary art in Sheffield through joint programming, audience development and profile raising activities. The directors of the company are representatives of Bloc Studios, Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Site Gallery, S1 Projects, Yorkshire Artspace and independent artists. More information about SCAF and its achievements can be found at http://www.artsheffield.org/about-us/

• The Forum’s aims are to develop Sheffield’s reputation regionally, nationally and internationally as a centre for contemporary art; build and develop the audiences for contemporary art; and create opportunities for the professional development of artists.

• Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum initiates and organises city-wide events (alongside other projects such as The Sheffield Pavilion). 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; ART SHEFFIELD 05: Spectator T in November 2005, involving 12 new commissions and work by 41 established and emerging artists which drew over 48,000 visits and more recently Art Sheffield 10: Yes, No & Other Options, the highest profile event to date which involved 39 artists, 12 new commissions and drew an audience of 150,000. For more information about all Art Sheffield events to date, visit http://www.artsheffield.org/art-sheffield-festivals/

• SCAF also initiates projects which promote the work of Sheffield-based artists in international contexts. The Sheffield Pavilion, an exhibition of commissioned artwork in book form which was launched and distributed at the Venice Biennale and Documenta festivals in 2007. The Sheffield Pavilion 2009 took the form of a screening programme of video artworks and published DVD which was launched in Istanbul in September during the opening days of the Istanbul Biennial. More information can be found at http://www.artsheffield.org/projects/

• Bergholtz and Fletcher are co-directors of the rolling platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (www.ificantdance.org) which initiates programmes of performances and art projects realised in collaboration with various partner institutions in the Netherlands and beyond. Annie Fletcher is also curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and developed a two-year project, ‘Be[com]ing Dutch’ in and outside the Van Abbemuseum (www.vanabbemuseum.nl). Frederique Bergholtz was director of Marres, Maastricht, and is member of the editorial board of the multi-disciplinary lecture series The Old Brand New that currently takes place in the City Theatre of Amsterdam (www.theoldbrandnew.nl)

• SCAF is Supported by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England and Art Sheffield 2010 is also supported by Sheffield Strategic Events Group, The Elephant Trust and the Mondriaan Foundation