Furnace Park // PODIUM Zero Hours (Part of Art Sheffield 2013) // images

On Saturday October 5th, Furnace Park hosted an exhibition by Ben Cain, We’re In A Delicate Phase. 

Alongside Ben’s work, which was made on the day with the help of volunteers from SKINN, Art Sheffield 2013 and the French Department at the University of Sheffield, Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield) and Bhavani Esapathi (Henry Moore Institute) curated a programme of interventions by speakers from Sheffield and Leeds on the subject of zero hours. This was the first in the PODIUM series, which uses an informal and participatory soapbox format to bring together speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines while inviting spontaneous intervention from visitors to the park.


Once we’ve gathered our thoughts and warmed up a bit from the sunny autumnal chill of the day, we’ll be publishing some of the interventions here online and also putting together a free magazine containing images and ideas from the day, which will be distributed locally in all the usual venues.

Scott Lavery (Researcher, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute)


Tina Carolyn McKevitt (Lecturer, School of Law)
Amy Gough (University of Sheffield, Department of French) and Patrick Thornley (Roxspur Measurement and Control)
Ben Cain making We’re In A Delicate Phase
Joseph Moore (Engineers Without Borders)




Nick Tietzsche-Tyler and Charlotte Morgan (Art Sheffield)


David Forrest (School of English)
Amy Gough and Ella Tainton (Department of French)




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Natasha Chubbock, Festival Producer (Art Sheffield)


Gabriel Jackson





Bhavani Esapathi (Curator of Podium, Henry Moore Institute)



Duncan Brown, Nathan Adams and Joseph Moore (Furnace Park team)
Keith Wilson (artist & Art Sheffield)


Richard Ward (Learning and Teaching Services, University of Sheffield)


Michael Jefferson (Hon. Secretary to the Association of Law Teachers)


Bhavani Esapathi and Ally Buckle (President of the University of Sheffield Student Union)



The fabulous volunteer team from the Department of French

Ben Cain at Furnace Park // Art Sheffield 2013

We’re in a Delicate Phase, 2013

Exhibiting 04 October – 14 December at Furnace Park

Ben Cain has been invited by occursus at the University of Sheffield to create a new sculptural installation for the site of Furnace Park—an historical industrial ground on the outskirts of the city centre in Shalesmoor. Comprising interlocking wooden beams, inscribed with text and architecturally assembled to create a fragile structure, the work invents a space within a space which can be altered and arranged in infinite combinations. On each beam there is a line of writing, which in a simple conversational tone presents the work itself as a subject, an ‘I’, to ‘you’ a viewer or user. The work performs, like a brief extract from theatre, examining—in the industrial leftovers of Furnace Park—the idea of the production line, and the conditions of its own production. A maze-machine-building that talks, directs, mumbles, complains and invites, one that’s in need of friends, attention, operators, users and good listeners.

The work will be constructed in situ at Furnace Park on Saturday 05 October.

Ben Cain was born in Leeds and lives and works in London and Zagreb. Working in video installations, sculpture, audio work, performances and printed matter, he implicates the viewer in the production of the work through the interplay of saying and doing, making and describing.

Photo: Erik Sæter Jørgensen / Galleri Opdahl
Photo: Erik Sæter Jørgensen / Galleri Opdahl


Hear Ben Cain speaking about his work in the context of his exhibition at Manifesta 9.