Free public workshops are taking place at Butcher Works over the next two Saturdays linked to its Art History: Social Sculpture exhibition.
Part of Art Sheffield 2013 Parallel Projects and in partnership with Freeman College, the show curated by artists Carole Baugh and Kate Pickin looks at the social agency of art.
The exhibition explores art processes and the nature of the consequent art object.
“So much of contemporary art looks at the end product and sees the surface. It’s often the object that becomes the focus rather than what’s embedded in the process.” says Baugh, gallery curator and college arts co-ordinator.
There are examples of work by students at Ruskin Mill, who have Autistic Spectrum conditions or other mental health issues, alongside pieces by established artists and craftspeople such as silversmiths Keith Tyssen and Stefan Tooke, sculptor Frank Chester and the bell he cast for Ruskin Mill and textile artist Sue Read and her ‘storytelling’ dress.
A series of Baugh’s own painting is on view and Kate Pickin has created gilded balls which are displayed alongside felt balls made by Freeman College students.
At Saturday’s workshop the public can drop in and make their own felt ball with felter Jonathan Pringle and add it to the exhibition which continues at the Butcher Works Gallery until November 30.