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ART SHEFFIELD 10: a city-wide biennial festival

Art Sheffield 10 will take place in March and April 2010 and will involve venues across the city including Bloc, Graves Gallery, Millennium Galleries, S1 Artspace, Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield Institute of Art & Design University Gallery, temporary venues and the public realm.

Art Sheffield 10 will be the fifth city-wide event organised by Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum (SCAF) and will draw on the success of Art Sheffield 08: Yes, No & Other Options, the highest profile and most well-received event to date which involved 39 artists, 12 new commissions and drew an audience of 150,000. It is SCAF’s aim that the Art Sheffield event has a different character in each of its incarnations and intend this to be influenced by our choice of commentator/co-curators who provide a conceptual framework for the event and collaborate with SCAF to select the programme.

For Art Sheffield 10 SCAF are working with Netherlands-based curators, Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher. 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)

The programme will be developed from nominations (by SCAF directors, Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher) of artists whose practice is felt to have a close relationship to the contextual framework. The city-wide programme will then be collaboratively selected and curated. It is hoped that the programme will include a high proportion of new commissions and a mix of emergent and established artists, and of Sheffield-based, nationally and internationally-based artists.

Please check www.artsheffield.org for updates or contact SCAF for details on 0114 281 2013 or contact@artsheffield.org



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 Society and independent artists. More information about SCAF and its achievements can be found at www.artsheffield.org

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 08: Yes, No & Other Options, the highest profile and most well-received event to date which involved 39 artists, 12 new commissions and drew an audience of 150,000.

SCAF also initiates projects which promote the work of Sheffield-based artists in international contexts: to date 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 next Sheffield Pavilion will take the form of a screening programme of video artworks and published DVD to be launched in Istanbul in September 2009 during the opening days of the Istanbul Biennial.

SCAF is funded by The Arts Council of England, Yorkshire


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