Art crawl in the frame for family fun

Painting by Foster-m of KIAC going on show in Ineffable Spaces 2 exhibition at the Orchard Centre
Painting by Foster-m of KIAC going on show in Ineffable Spaces 2 exhibition at the Orchard Centre

AN Art Crawl Weekend beginning on Friday is an event celebrating the creative community of Shalesmoor, Kelham Island and Neepsend.

Spanning multiple venues in the area, the weekend presents open studios, gallery exhibitions, one-off art events, a pop-up industrial bar stocked with locally produced ales, a curated trail between the different venues, blues bands, electronic musicians, factory tennis, a fashion display and workshops, with some of the spaces opening their doors to the public for the first time.

The weekend of post-industrial family fun is being organised by SKINN, a not-for-profit network of businesses and organisations in the SKIN ((Shalesmoor, Kelham Island and Neepsend) area set up to share resources, information, organise events to help the regeneration of the area.

The weekend starts with a gathering of the glitterati at Prism 10 for a celebration of three years of art, music and conversation. On Friday night at the Orchard Centre will be the tenth one-night event by Prism which is rapidly becoming one of Sheffield’s leading contemporary art events, utilising various venues across the city to exhibit work by emerging and established artists.

The Nichols Building will serve as a focal point for Saturday’s programme, where visitors can sample local ales, get a hot drink, find out more information about the local area and enjoy a programme of events including open studios and an evening programme including live bands and electronic musicians.

At the same time there will be a Wear it Pink theme in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. At 1pm on Saturday there will be a Pink Auction hosted by Michael Dowse of Dowse Auctioneers with items up for grabs donated by Nichols Building residents including artwork from CanvasFactory, a beautiful 50s classic pink dress from Revival, a retro teaset from Mamma Magpie.

On Saturday afternoon there will be Open Studios at the Nichols Building and other nearby complexes.

At CADS, the former cutlery factory turned multi-function art space, home to more than 50 creatives and venue for a variety of cultural events, there will also be a showcase of the works of up-and-coming residents in the warehouse gallery space.

Bank Street Arts, on Bank Street in the city centre, the jewellery co-operative studios will be opening the doors of their shared workshop and the atrium space of Juniper Café will host a ‘crafternoon’ - a free knitting and crochet workshop at which people of all abilities including beginners are welcome to join in. There will also be the chance to see the current Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize exhibition.

Among the artists playing open house will be Wildago, creator of colourful characters Pearl, Edmund and friends. Visitors can meet the artist, watch her paint, and try their hand at drawing blonde bombshell Smokey and the best will win a print.

At Lion Works will be the official launch of Kelham Island Artist Cooperative (KIAC) which currently comprises nine artists who work across a variety of artistic disciplines and share studio space and a creative environment. KIAC has plans to provide workshops covering different arts practices in the future and to seek to work with other local organisations to promote the arts in the Kelham area and further afield.

On Saturday, the studios will be open to view and artists will be present to discuss their work - and possibly demonstrate factory tennis in their breakout area.

Three KIAC members, painters Foster-m and Rob Crampton and sculptor Simon Wigglesworth-Baker, are preparing for an exhibition, Ineffable Spaces 2, opening at the Orchard Centre, West Bar, on Tuesday,

Another venue is the new Pebbledash studios which is holding an opening party, presenting Show/Hide, a group show by Sheffield Hallam final year Contemporary Fine Art & Graphic Design students involving site-specific illustration work, silkscreen printing and 3D Installation.

At the Riverside on Mowbray Street, Point Blank Theatre will be showing film footage of work and short performance presentations in the shoebox studio in the pub and elsewhere in and around the building.

On Saturday night the Nichols Building will resound to live music from the Hummingbird Blues Band, Mudcats and Stuart Ledger, Society Records

On Sunday, Pebble-dash Studios will hold an end of the weekend afternoon electronic music session.

Visitors can pick up a detailed map and full timetable at the information point at Nichols Building on the weekend.