Enjoy outdoor music or see some new art in Sheffield this week

An image from American Rust
An image from American Rust

Are you looking for things to do in Sheffield over the next week? Here's a few ideas.

American Rust is a new art exhibition by John Rowley. Taking iconic 50s and 60s American cars, he incorporates them into strange landscapes from paintings by Bruegel, Turner, Martin and others.

Bren Hall portrait

Bren Hall portrait

The work grew out of ideas for the cover of new Ten Million Aliens album Road Trip (Fall of the Rebel Angels). John was working with his bandmates John Senior and Rich Banks.

The opening night at the Dorothy Pax bar in Victoria Quays on Saturday (Sept 1) features live music.

The prints and album will be on sale and the pictures are on view during September.

New Cupola Gallery exhibition Powerful Silence by Bren Head opens with a preview at the Hillsborough venue tonight (Friday, Aug 31) at 7.30pm.

Curator Karen Sherwood said: “The often brightly coloured and richly-worked surfaces of Bren Head’s paintings create an intensity to her portraits which both seduce and unsettle the viewer. Fabulous work from one of the region’s most exciting portrait artists.”

Learn about the masters of Victorian stereoscopic portraits in a talk by historian Denis Pellerin.

Stereoscopy, though often misunderstood, neglected or even looked down upon by most photo historians, was a phenomenon which revolutionised photography.

The free talk takes place at 2pm on Sunday (Sept 2) at the Millennium Gallery, home to exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, on until September 23.

The Big Boulder Music & Outdoors Festival returns to Heeley People’s Park on Sunday (Sept 2) from noon to 6.30pm.

Climbing groups Beta, Beyond The Edge and The Climbing Works are putting on routes and challenges on the park boulders.

The main stage music line-up is King Capisce, Paul Littlewood, Thomas & The Empty Orchestra and Captives on the Carousel. A second Breakthrough stage features new acts.

A free workshop at the Crucible Theatre next Tuesday (Sept 4) about the process of collaborating with actors is aimed at new directors who are currently working or looking to work professionally in theatre directing.

The 75-minute session will be run by Sheffield Theatres artistic director Rob Hastie, who is also a very experienced director.

Attendance is free, arrive at the Crucible box office at 5.55pm.

Duo Striking Matches appear at the Leadmill next Friday, September 7. Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis blend country roots with elements of blues and rock music.

They have written songs for the Nashville TV series and toured with Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Hunter Hayes, Train and Keith Urban. Debut album Nothing But Silence, produced by T Bone Burnett, won them an international following.