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Welcome to the monthly e-newsletter from Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, telling you what’s on in Sheffield this November. Full listings, including details of the venues, can be seen at www.artsheffield.org/listings. All exhibitions and events are free to attend, unless otherwise stated.

 

 
  01 - Sheffield Doc/Fest: Documentaries about the Arts: 3-7 Nov  
  02 - Event at Access Space: The Truth Is In Here: Fri 5 Nov 3-4pm  
  03 - Event at Bloc: ASSEMBLY: Correspondence: Sat 6 Nov, 7-9 pm  
  04 - Talk at SHU: Thomas Thwaites: Weds 10 Nov 4-5.45pm  
 

05 - Opening event at Bloc: Kate Pickering: Fri 12 Nov 7-9pm

 
  06 - Art & Music event at Bungalows and Bears: Sat 13 Nov 8pm  
  07 - Screening at SHU: Sally O’Reilly: Weds 17 Nov 4-5.45pm  
  08 - Opening, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery: Weds 17 Nov 6-8 pm  
  09 - Broadcast/Screening at Sheffield Uni: Homeland: Fri 19 Nov 10am - 7pm  
  10 - Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios: Fri 19 Nov - Sun 21 Nov  
  11 - Talk at SHU: Craig Richardson: Weds 24 Nov 4-5.45pm  
  12 - Artists’ talk at Site: AUDiNT (Toby Heys + Steve Goodman) Sat 27 Nov 2pm  
  13 - Info for Artists: http://www.artsheffield.org/category/info-for-artists/  
  14 - A quick glimpse at exhibitions on this month  
     
  News and events in full  
 
01

Sheffield Doc/Fest : Documentaries about the Arts
3 - 7 November
The Showroom

Among the 130 film line-up at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest are 5 feature docs and 1 short which look at the arts. Among these are Focus, artist Sam Holden’s short film falling between artist’s video and documentary film, exploring preconception and prejudice, using story-telling and an extended focus pull to engage the viewer in the act of imagination. Admission prices apply. More

 
 
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Event at Access Space
The Truth Is In Here
Friday 5 November, 3-4pm

Access Space brings you the latest animated movie created with the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender and a half hour information film about the technical foundations of modern digital media. This is a Doc/Fest fringe event. More

 
 
03

Event at Bloc
ASSEMBLY 10: Correspondence
Saturday 6 November, 7-9 pm

ASSEMBLY is a series of one-off events offering new and emerging artists a platform to show or perform experimental ideas or work in progress, within the gallery and its adjoining courtyard. Each ASSEMBLY event is themed; past ASSEMBLY events have featured exciting and diverse approaches to the subjects as varied as live performance, sonic art, film & video, text, light, time and computer culture, and have featured the work of more than sixty local and emerging artists. For Bloc’s 10th Assembly event, four Sheffield based artists have each been paired up with an artist in Istanbul. More

 
 
04

Talk at Sheffield Hallam University (City Campus)
Transmission: PROVOCATION
Thomas Thwaites: The Policing Genes Project
Wednesday 10 November, 4-5.45pm

In SHU’s new series of Transmission lectures they explore how art can provoke, activate, and antagonise the viewer, without referring to or employing well-known aesthetic and political strategies that seek to produce shocking and immediate affects. This week's guest is Thomas Thwaites, a designer whose work examines how technology, science, and economics interact with trends, fictions, and beliefs, to shape our present society, and possible futures. As an undergraduate he studied economics and biology at University College London, and this training informs his design work. His first book, The Toaster Project, is to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011. More

 
 
05

Opening event at Bloc
Kate Pickering
Friday 12 November, 7-9pm

Pickering’s recent work address the beliefs and disbelief she encounters in the purportedly ‘post-ideological’ world of contemporary art. Her interest is in how the language of religion might be used to both examine and undo art world norms and assumptions. Texts appropriated from various religious sources are projected or performed, in order to captivate or confront the spectator. For her show at Bloc, she will install a video projection of a text which appears, glows and abruptly disappears accompanied by a soundtrack of harmonising voices (We Will Make A Way, 2009). The work is part of a series of projections of text, which explore the potential of the art to re-enchant in the context of a contemporary art world where religion, or any outright declaration of belief, is an anathema to the liberal postmodern mindset. More

 
 
06

Art & music event at Bungalows and Bears
Unquiet Desperation Presents…
Saturday 13 November, 8pm onwards

Unquiet Desperation is a literature magazine that focuses on the underground artistic community, and organises events that aim to bring together fine music, art, poetry, photography and visual culture all under one roof, once a month. For their November event they present Lustfaust, an art exhibition by Jamie Shovlin, Mike Harte and Murray Ward. Lustfaust was a hoax 1970s German electronic music band, whose memorabilia was notably featured in the Beck’s Futures exhibition in 2006, and which deceived Sunday Times cultural commentator Waldemar Januszczak into running an article describing their activities. The exhibit was eventually runner up for the prize once it had been exposed. More

 
 
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Screening at Sheffield Hallam University (City Campus)
Transmission: PROVOCATION
A Rolling Stone: The Dynamics of Cliché a film by Sally O’Reilly
Wednesday 17 November, 4-5.45pm

In SHU’s new series of Transmission lectures they explore how art can provoke, activate, and antagonise the viewer, without referring to or employing well-known aesthetic and political strategies that seek to produce shocking and immediate affects. This week's Transmission will be a film screening of A Rolling Stone: The Dynamics of Cliché a film by Sally O’Reilly. This is a documentary that posits the generative uses of cliché, as well as its negative associations and operations, drawing on examples from visual art, theatre television and cinema. Includes clips from Samuel Beckett, Martin Creed, General Hospital, David Lynch, The Two Ronnies and Gary Stevens. Sally O’Reilly is a writer, contributing regularly to many art and culture publications, including Art Monthly, Cabinet, Frieze, Art Review, and Time Out, and has written many essays for international museums and galleries. More

 
 
08

Opening at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery
One for the Mind, Two for the Eye, Seven (plus or minus two) for the World
Miguel Santos
Wednesday 17 November, 6-8 pm

An exhibition of new photographs and film by Portuguese artist Miguel Santos. Based on his own journeys - from the Arctic to Morocco - Santos will exhibit three different works investigating traveling and movement, engaging the observer in a journey of self-reflection. More

 
 
09

Broadcast & Screening
University of Sheffield
Homeland
Friday 19 November, 10am - 7pm

Broadcast & Screening: Homeland takes place alongside The Politics of Utopia: Marxism, Myth and Religion, a conference co-organised by the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies and Bakhtin Centre at Sheffield University, and includes contributions by Black Dogs, Spartacus Chetwynd, Stephen Connolly, Freee, Toby Huddlestone, A Place of Their Own, The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group with Maresa MacKeith and Ange Taggart, Becky Shaw, and Dan Smith. Homeland aims at interweaving through the temporal, spatial and academic framework of the conference. More

 
 
10

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios 2010
Friday 19 Nov - Sunday 21 Nov

Persistence Works/Porter Brook Studios, Brown Street, S1
Friday 19 November 5.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 20 November 11am-5pm

Manor Oaks Studios, 389 Manor Lane, S2 1UL
Sunday 21 November 11am-4pm

This November you are invited to meet artists based at Yorkshire Artspace, when they host their annual Open Studios event. Over 60 artists and makers will be welcoming people into their workspaces, which are usually closed to the public. The 2010 Yorkshire Artspace annual Open Studios weekend this year includes 3 studio buildings in Sheffield and offers visitors the chance to see the new artists’ studios at Manor Oaks, as well as the city centre studios at Persistence Works and Porter Brook. . More

 
 
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Artist Talk at Sheffield Hallam University (City Campus)
Transmission: Craig Richardson
Wednesday 24 November, 4-5.45pm

In SHU’s new series of Transmission lectures they explore how art can provoke, activate, and antagonise the viewer, without referring to or employing well-known aesthetic and political strategies that seek to produce shocking and immediate affects. They will consider how the concept of provocation is at its most incisive when it is conceived as fluid and unfixed, and discussed and disputed outside the borders of the hoary discourse of the historical avant-garde. They are interested in a provocation in art that is determined by a broad range of factors, external to the physical properties of art. This week's guest is Craig Richardson, an artist, writer, and curator. More

 
 
12

Artists’ talk at the Site Gallery
AUDiNT (Toby Heys + Steve Goodman)
Saturday 27 November, 2pm

Toby Heys and Steve Goodman will talk about their Site Platform project, Unsound Systems, in conversation with Caroline Dubois, sound and performance artist and writer from Montreal. AUDiNT’s installation Unsound Systems explores the use of sound as a weapon by focusing on the boundaries of the audible. At Site AUDiNT will produce a cosmology of sonic weaponry on the insides of vinyl album covers and an installation of an audio documentary. The latter sound work explores events in which frequencies have been utilised as tools by military and civilian organisations to organize, territorialize, harmonize, and torture the body. More

 
 
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Info for artists
http://www.artsheffield.org/category/info-for-artists/

As well as sharing news about contemporary art exhibitions and events in the city, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum has a sector news page on its website, which promotes exhibition opportunities, information on training, calls for proposals, and invitations to participate in activities hosted by SCAF, its partners and other organisations. The page is regularly updated; current listings include a call for volunteers at S1 Artspace, Yorkshire Artspace's Starting Out course, Membership schemes at Bloc and many other opportunities for artists.

 
 
14 A brief glimpse at exhibitions on this month. For more information click on the links or visit http://artsheffield.org/listings
 
 
Site Gallery

Site Platform: Unsound Systems
AUDiNT (Toby Heys + Steve Goodman)
13 - 27 Nov 2010

Site Platform offers an opportunity for artists to use the gallery space to develop new work in the gallery setting whilst also allowing audiences to engage with the process. The artists are each given up to two weeks in the gallery, during which the projects change and develop or incorporate events or performances. This gives visitors the opportunity to return at different stages of the project to view or participate. Each artist’s residency will be accompanied by a new piece of writing commissioned by the gallery. More

 
 
Access Space

Technical Silence
Ivan Rabodzeenko
Until 24 Nov

Comprising painted works within an environment of technical geometry and programmed sound, “Technical Silence” is an intimate installation, exploring our sensory perception as it is over-fed with the various social and physical experiments we face in our everyday lives.More

sustainable aesthetic
Alan Withington
Until 27 Nov

An exhibition of photography by Alan Withington. The artist photographs lightly managed or unmanaged elements of the landscape and ephemeral moments of light interacting with natural and built forms. He endeavours to find the exotic in places closer to home rather than in far distant locations. In finding a way to make work about the world without causing harm to the environment on the way to the destination, he asks whether one can see this as a step on the road to describing a “sustainable aesthetic”? More

 
 
Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

One for the Mind, Two for the Eye, Seven (plus or minus two) for the World
Miguel Santos
18 - 26 Nov 2010

An exhibition of new photographs and film by Portuguese artist Miguel Santos. Based on his own journeys - from the Arctic to Morocco - Santos will exhibit three different works investigating traveling and movement, engaging the observer in a journey of self-reflection.more

 
 
Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery

Restless Times
Art in Britain 1914 - 1945

An exhibition exploring one of the most momentous periods in British history and a critical point in the development of Modern British Art. Restless Times: Art in Britain 1914 – 1945 will show how an era of difficulty and uncertainty brought with it a remarkable spirit of creativity and innovation. Restless Times brings together a range of significant works drawn from national and regional collections, alongside contemporary works which echo the exhibition themes in a contemporary context including a film by Kate Herbert, prints by Henna Nadeem and a new commission especially for the show by Hew Locke. More

 
 
The Old Sweet Shop

Anger management and other issues
Famous When Dead
Until 30 Nov

Famous When Dead’s work is a creative response to his industrial surroundings. Inspired by his children and the urge to progress beyond the everyday mundane, his vibrant works of art are often described as fresh & edgy talking points that demand a second look. More

 
 
Bloc

Kate Pickering
12 - 27 Nov

Pickering’s recent work address the beliefs and disbelief she encounters in the purportedly ‘post-ideological’ world of contemporary art. Her interest is in how the language of religion might be used to both examine and undo art world norms and assumptions. Texts appropriated from various religious sources are projected or performed, in order to captivate or confront the spectator. For her show at Bloc, she will install a video projection of a text which appears, glows and abruptly disappears accompanied by a soundtrack of harmonising voices. more

 
 
Sheffield Crucible

Public art installed at Sheffield’s Crucible

The public art commissions by internationally renowned visual artist Sarah Staton and theatre director Madani Younis at Sheffield’s newly refurbished Crucible are now complete and fully unveiled to the public. Sheffield Theatres commissioned the artists during the Crucible’s redevelopment to work alongside architects Burrell Foley Fischer to create a series of pieces that would enhance and animate the theatre’s unique public spaces. more

 
 
Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works

New artwork for the facade of Yorkshire Artspace

Robert Casselton Clark, an artist who has had a studio with Yorkshire Artspace since the 1980s, created this ambitious new artwork during an 8 week residency in February /April 2009. The characters constructed by Casselton Clark were conceived as being the supportive phantom friends of various individual fictional and factual artists as they go about their daily creative struggle and play in their studio. More

 
     
 

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