Arts Update:

Exhibition marks end of archaeology stint

SHEFFIELD photographic artist Bill Bevan is marking the end of his residency at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology with an exhibition entitled Diggers.

On show in Jessop West Exhibition Space, it charts his year of artistic residence during which he has aimed to capture the practice of archaeology in the field and lab, and to explore how archaeology and photography relate to each other.

The exhibition will feature photographic artworks which will hang permanently in the Department of Archaeology, Northgate House on West Street, Sheffield. One of these is a 4.5m-high montage which leads the viewer through the process of archaeology from fieldwork to knowledge from bottom to top – much like layers in an archaeological section.

A highlight of Bill’s residency, funded by the Leverhulme Trust is Walk Into Prehistory, a photographic-led book looking at the ways people approached prehistoric monuments in the past and how visitors can approach them today. The book covers 35 monuments across Britain and Ireland from Cornwall in the south to Orkney in the north, Kerry in the west to East Yorkshire in the east.

Diggers will also involve a one-day seminar, Assembling Archaeology, on Monday which will focus on how the practice and materiality of archaeology can be researched through visual art and media.

A range of speakers will discuss how artistic practice visualises the connections between archaeologists and the materials and places that give meaning to their work including Mark Anstee, Greg Bailey, Helen Wickstead, Angela Piccinni and Antonia Thomas.

Diggers can be viewed today, Thursday, and tomorrow, Friday, and from Tuesday to Thursday, September 15, from noon to 6pm.

Fishing industry in artist’s spotlight

A SHEFFIELD-born artist has organised an exhibition in his adopted home of Whitby to draw attention to the plight of the fishing industry.

Despite its popularity as a seaside destination, Whitby’s bedrock is still its fishing fleet and market and needs to be kept that way, says Dave Jeffery who grew up in Hillsborough and left Sheffield 11 years ago to paint full-time in the East Coast resort.

Paintings, photographs and ceramics by around a dozen Northern artists will show visitors that the traditional way of life for so many Whitby families – and those in all other fishing ports around the country – is under threat due to local government stringent economic measures and tough European and central government regulatory restrictions.

He says: “I feel there’s a chasm between those who enjoy eating fish and the people who catch it. The exhibition will hopefully bridge that gap, giving fish-eaters an understanding of what goes into landing their favourite catch.

“And another aim of the exhibition is to attempt to turn people on to enjoying sustainable fish, other than the traditional cod, that could readily be landed in Whitby.”

The exhibition opens at The Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby, on Saturday and continues until October 16.

Most of the pieces will be for sale, with 10% of the price going to the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.