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Welcome to the monthly newsletter from Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, telling you what’s on in Sheffield this September. 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 - Opening event at Access Space: 20 x 20 - Fri 3 Sept 5.30-8pm  
  02 - Artist Talk at SIA Gallery: Origin010 - Thurs 9 Sept 7.30-8.30pm  
  03 - Two openings in one night: Bloc & Site - Fri 10 Sept 7-9pm  
  04 - Artists' Walkaround at Site: For the Birds - Sat 11 Sept 1pm  

05 - 12X12X12: Stephen Carley's studio - Sat 11 & Sun 12 Sept 11am-3pm

  06 - SIA Gallery: Inspiring Digital Engagement - Wed 15 Sep 10am-5pm  
  07 - Opening at Access Space: Rosie Etherington - Fri 17 Sept 5.30-8pm  
  08 - Friday Night Live at the Showroom: Paradox - Fri 24 Sept  
  09 - Info for artists: Residency at Yorkshire Artspace, Bloc membership, galleries to hire  
  10 - A quick glimpse at exhibitions on this month  
  News and events in full  

Opening event at Access Space
20x20 2010
Friday 3 September 5.30-8.00pm

An exhibition from an open call for works measuring 20î by 20î. This will be Access Spaceís 5th yearly 20 X 20 exhibition. The theme is simple - anything goes, as long as it is 20 inches by 20 inches and it can be hung in the space. Every year the Open Call for the show brings in a hugely diverse response from Access Space particpants, local artists and artists from outside South Yorkshire. More


Artist Talk at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery
Origin010: Chris Jones and Paul Evans in conversation
Thursday 9 September 7.30-8.30pm

An event associated with Origin010: new work by Paul Evans, Chris Jones and Humanstudio. Origin010 brings together drawing, painting, text and animation to address our complex relationship with nature, challenge the anthropocentric world view and explore what it means to be alive. More




Two openings in one night
Bloc & Site Gallery
Friday 10 September 7-9pm

Bearing Elsewhere, Hondartza Fraga

Bearing Elsewhere is the first solo UK exhibition of new works by Hondartza Fraga. Drawing and video are the chosen mediums to ponder about the notion of journey, both geographical and mental, as a place in itself. Taking the position of a traveller who observes the world from the safe distance of an endless wandering, neither here nor there. This new work seeks to confront the fictional and elusive character of home and the exotic. More

Site Gallery
For the Birds

This exhibition looks at songs and music as a social phenomenon, particularly in relation to its manipulative, participatory, and activating qualities. For the Birds directly refers to a period in time when issues about inclusion, exclusion and participation caused heated debates in the Western music world. This evokes the issue of songs and music in the (semi) public sphere, as an activating, manipulative or social binding tool, a notion very much present in the works in this exhibition. More


Artists' Walkaround at Site
For the Birds
Saturday 11 September 1pm

Join some of the artists from the exhibition in an informal walkround and talk about their work. In this group exhibition Free but booking essential: Book via events@sitegallery.org or call 0114 281 2077. The participating artists deal with the ësocialityí of music, the processes at work in the production and consumption of music within particular social and historical circumstances. Their works reflect upon various types of sound, song and music, varying from background music, national anthem, choir music, and the Islamic call for prayer. More


12X12X12: The nostalgic iconoclast or whispered glitches
Stephen Carley's studio,
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September 11am-3pm

The 12th and final instalment in this (mostly) studio based project by Sheffield artist, Stephen Carley. Since early last year Carley's studio has been the context for a variety of monthly exhibitions or 'visual trials'. Sometimes existing artifacts are exhibited, or the space adapted or changed in some way or used for collaborative ventures. Guest curators are occasionally invited. The concentration is fully on process, ideas, context and communication with an audience and build up a coherent body of work filtered by the structure of 12X12 and the interaction with an audience. More


Event at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery
Inspiring Digital Engagement Festival
Wednesday 15 September 10am-5pm

The Inspiring Digital Engagement Festival is a one-day event that explores the contribution of arts practice to the business of digital inclusion. Local art practitioners, digital inclusion researchers, public sector professionals and community development workers are invited to join us for an active investigation into how socially engaged arts practice promotes, enriches and challenges notions of digital inclusion. (£15 entry fee) More


Opening at Access Space
m e a n s of e s c a p e, Rosie Etherington
Friday 17 September 5.30-8.00pm

New photography work by Rosie Etherington. m e a n s of e s c a p e is a reaction to the mundanities, sorrows and loneliness of modern life. These works offer some thoughts on escaping oneself; they are daydreams into the world of what-could-be and narratives on adventures taken when it becomes too much to consider the question- what does an empty room look like? More


Friday Night Live: PARADOX
Friday 24 September

Each Friday in September, in addition to their film programme, The Showroom will be hosting special evenings of live music and sensory experience. This event will be an inspirational and enlightening evening of sonic art, design, visuals, live acts, DJs, experimental music and oblique strategies from Ralph Razor(Razor Stiletto/Space Cabaret) and Darren Chouings (PRISM) More


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 residency opportunities at Yorkshire Artspace, gallery spaces to hire at Bloc and S1, studios available to rent, artists membership schemes and other opportunities for artists.

10 A brief glimpse at exhibitions on this month.

Millennium Gallery:
Teaoptia More
Watercolour in Britain: Tradition and Beyond (until 5 Sept) More

Yorkshire Artspace: Artwork for the facade of Persistence Works, Robert Casselton Clark More

FourThirtyThree Gallery:
Allan Hardy (27 Sept - 24 Oct) More
The Tide of Society, John Ledger (until 19 Sept) More

Clock Tower Gallery:
Summer Open Exhibition (until 17 Sept) More

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery:
Origin010 (until 12 Sept) More

Billboard: Greg Thomas (until 30 Sept) More
Gallery: Bearing Elsewhere, Hondartza Fraga (10 - 25 Sept) More

The Old Sweet Shop:
Transform!, Sam Bunn (until 30 Sept) More

For the Birds (11 Sept - 30 Oct) More
New installation by Tobias Rehberger More

Access Space:
20 x 20 2010 (4 Sept - 13 Oct) More
m e a n s of e s c a p e, Rosie Etherington (18 Sept - 6 Oct) More


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