ARTS UPDATE: Discussion on art

TO round off its anniversary project, Fifteen, and launch of its new premises, S1 Artspace is putting on S1 Assembly with a day of discussions, presentations, screenings and events that aim to reflect on the history, evolution and role of artist-led activity.

The event on Saturday will include key speakers Neil Mulholland, Rebecca Fortnum and James Shorthose, with contributions from Andy Abbott, Candice Jabobs (MOOT), Robin Kirkham (Eastside Projects), Samuel Mercer (Tether), Haroon Mirza, Charlotte A Morgan, Thom O’N ions (The Woodmill), Jim Prevett (Space), Reactor, The Royal Standard, Megan Wakefield (Spike Island/University of West England) and Julie Westerman. It will be chaired Emma Cocker, a writer, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and S1 Studio holder.

There will be the chance to network and view the Fifteen exhibition, thr S1 Studios and a temporary archive of material contributed by artist-led groups and organisations across the country.

The event is free but RSVP to pippa@s1artspace.org to guarantee entry.

Exhibition space plea

WOULD-BE Sheffield artists have issued a plea for help to find them a local venue to display their works of art.

The group, which was formed in January by The Burton Street Foundation and Dimensions, has taken off so well that they hope to exhibit their first work in the spring and now need somewhere to host the display.

The art project was launched specifically to help people with learning and physical disabilities in Sheffield to gain new skills and help widen the horizons for those taking part.

The scheme has been devised by The Burton Street Foundation and has been sponsored by Dimensions, an organisation that supports more than 90 people with learning disabilities and autism in Sheffield.

During the tea-themed art project the group have so far created their own tea mugs and together are producing a huge tea pot. They’ve had the chance to look at tea in a different light through sensory experiences like smelling and feeling different tea leaves.

The theme is gaining interest and is now being used by The Burton Street Foundation in some of their other daily workshops.

Paul Brown, of Dimensions, said: “We have been really pleased with the way the project has taken off. Everyone taking part has already gained so much out of the project.

“The project is about expanding participants’ experience around tea, the sensory side of the project is very important in helping the participants engage in the art ork.

“We are really pleased with how the artists are becoming immersed in the experience.”

Venues in Sheffield that are able to host the exhibition are urged to contact Paul Brown at Dimensions on 2412123 or Ben Womack at The Burton Street Foundation on 2332908.

Grumpy old Yes man

FORMER Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman is embarking on a tour described in the publicity as “an evening of superb piano performances intertwined with ludicrously hilarious anecdotes from the original Grumpy Old Man”.

He will need to mind his Ps and Qs, however, on the Sheffield leg of the tour – which is at Sheffield Cathedral on April 8.