contemporary art in sheffield
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Below are exhibitions happening from January to March 2005 in date order. Scroll down the page to find out what's on towards the end of the quarter. The site is renewed every three months, so visit regularly to keep up to date with contemporary art in Sheffield.

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3-23 Feb: ISOBEL WALKER, Persistence Works
Until 24 Feb: RICHARD BARTLE, Dulo
Until 28 Feb: ENCOUNTERS, Club Garden Road
Until 5 Mar: PETER COKER, Graves Art Gallery
22 Jan-17 Apr: TATE SCULPTURE, Millennium Galleries
22 Jan-17 Apr: JULIAN OPIE, Millennium Galleries
9 Feb-7 May: FALTERING FLAME, Graves Art Gallery
25 Feb-26 Mar: KATE SULLY, Cupola Gallery
11 Mar-10 Apr: KARLA BLACK & BABAK GHAZI, S1 Artspace
19 Mar-11 June: CELIA PAUL, Graves Art Gallery
1-30 Apr: JOHN BROKENSHIRE, Cupola Gallery
7-27 Apr: BECKY BOWLEY, Persistence Works

3-23 Feb: Persistence Works
ISOBEL WALKER
SPACE FOR THE SELF

An exhibition of etching and embossing that reflects the artist’s fascination with the circular form. Work illustrates the contradiction of the simplicity of the shape and the complexity of ideas associated with circles.
open evening

Until 24 Feb: Dulo
RICHARD BARTLE
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD WE LIVE IN

A series of small, seemingly unrelated images, depicting scenes taken from the mass media, create a running commentary of urban unrest, religion, politics and war. The artist encourages the viewer to piece together, and begin to understand, ways in which society can be represented and perceived.

Until 28 Feb: Club Garden Road
ENCOUNTERS
ARTISTS’ RESIDENCY

Encounters is an arts initiative that uses performance, film, photography, visual art and text to create artwork in response to people and the urban environment. They have taken up residence in a disused shop in Sharrow, working with visitors and local residents to create an evolving and changing gallery space where they can collect and exchange objects, artwork, stories and experiences.
openings

Until 5 Mar: Graves Art Gallery
PETER COKER
A JUXTAPOSITION 2004

An exhibition of work by distinguished Royal Academician Peter Coker (1926 – 2004), who was one of the leading exponents of Post-war British Art, dubbed the Kitchen Sink Group. Many works in this exhibition were inspired by the artist’s visit to Paris in the 1970s, when he produced a number of drawings. But it was almost 30 years after the original work was produced that the artist was inspired to return to the collection, creating new work with tremendous energy, vitality and vision.
openings

Image credit: Peter Coker: Parisian Suite 2, Chaos, 2002

22 Jan-17 Apr: Millennium Galleries
TATE SCULPTURE
THE HUMAN FIGURE IN BRITISH ART FROM MOORE TO GORMLEY

In partnership with the Tate, this exhibition celebrates some of the most influential British sculptors of the last 50 years. Works focus on the human form in a wide range of media and scale. Sculptures by internationally renowned ‘masters’ will be shown alongside contemporary art, including work by Sarah Lucas, Ron Mueck, Antony Gormley and Gilbert and George. (Admission prices apply)
talks

22 Jan-17 Apr: Millennium Galleries
JULIAN OPIE

Internationally renowned artist Julian Opie has been specially commissioned to create a vinyl installation on the windows of the Millennium Galleries, to complement Tate Sculpture. His work, a 6.6m reclining male figure, will be above the gallery entrance over the next three months. Opie is perhaps best known outside the art world for his cover of Blur’s Greatest Hits album. Supported by Lisson Gallery

 

9 Feb-7 May: Graves Art Gallery
FALTERING FLAME:
ASPECTS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION IN CONTEMPORARY ART

An exhibition that investigates the human psyche, curated by David Thorp to complement the Tate Sculpture exhibition. Using a number of contemporary works in a variety of media, the show explores questions about the human identity and our scientific and psychological make-up. Whilst Tate Sculpture is concerned with the external appearance of the body and the human form, Faltering Flame will look at the inner being.
talks / openings

Image credit: Jake and Dinos Chapman, War, 2004.
© the artist. Courtesy Jay Jopling/White Cube (London)
Photo credit: Stephen White

25 Feb-26 Mar: Cupola Gallery
KATE SULLY
CANDYFLOSS

A large scale mixed media installation exploring the world of sweets and candy. Onlookers are enticed into a world of childlike whim and fancy, where the rich printed images and colours mask the sinister duality that lurks within each piece. Candyfloss celebrates and challenges our obsession with consumption.
openings

11 Mar-10 Apr: S1 Artspace
KARLA BLACK & BABAK GHAZI

Karla Black’s work has been shown recently at EAST International in Norwich and Tramway Gallery in Glasgow, where she lives and works. Babak Ghazi is based in London and has had recent exhibitions at Counter Gallery and Tablet Gallery. This commission brings the artists together for the first time.
openings

19 Mar-11 June: Graves Art Gallery
CELIA PAUL
CONTEMPORARY ETCHINGS, PAINTINGS AND PRINTS

This exhibition, curated in association with Marlborough Fine Art in London, surveys Celia Paul’s artistic achievement during the last 15 years. Painting herself and those closest to her, such as her son, sisters and most often her mother, Paul’s work invariably depicts a profound sense of character and intimacy.

Image credit: Celia Paul, Self Portrait 2003. Courtesy the artist.

1-30 Apr: Cupola Gallery
JOHN BROKENSHIRE
NEW PAINTINGS

Through his paintings, Brokenshire aims to convey a sense of the mystery within nature. This exhibition marks a recent shift in the artist’s practice, referring more openly to the ‘inner-world’ where he hopes to deal with elements from dreams and imagination.
openings

7-27 Apr: Persistence Works
BECKY BOWLEY
IM MATERIAL

Im Material continues the artist’s exploration of the nature of materiality in relation to the self and highlights the production process of art over the creation of a tangible art object.