Exhibition of artist books – Saturday June 30th

On Saturday June 30th, artist Victoria Lucas is running a plastiCities workshop on book making at Bloc.

Following the workshop, at 4pm,  there will be a small exhibition of artist books, featuring works by Victoria Lucas and Isla Badenoch, as well as workshop participants. We will also be showing a selection of pamphlets made by people in Sheffield about the city in which we live.

All welcome!

For more information, please email amandacrawleyjackson@gmail.com

Short film – Moving with thought: a trance-walk with Matthew Clegg

A walk and poetry workshop with Matthew Clegg and 16 attendees in Sheffield, Saturday 23 June 2012 (part of the occursus / plastiCities summer programme). The walk began at 7 Garden Street and continued through Shalesmoor and Neepsend to Parkwood before returning to 7 Garden Street (where the attendees would develop a series of poems based on their observations during the walk). Script and narration by Matthew Clegg. Filmed and edited by Brian Lewis for Longbarrow Press.

Free symposium, free lunch: occursus/plastiCities in conversation with Art Sheffield


occursus/plastiCities in conversation with Art Sheffield

Friday June 29th, 10am-4pm, with music and drinks at 4pm

Jessop West Exhibition Space, 1 Upper Hanover Street, University of Sheffield, S3 7RA (for a location map, please click here)

Art Sheffield and The University of Sheffield are collaborating on a new series of participatory symposia and workshops reflecting on art in the city. The aim is to generate debate around different aspects of contemporary art practice. It is intended that these discussions will feed into the planning and rationale for the next Art Sheffield Festival, which will be launched in October 2013 and will cohere around the central theme of new and old models of social and civic participation and work.

The first symposium, to be held at the University of Sheffield on Friday 29th June, will provide an opportunity for contributors from a wide range of interests and backgrounds relating to this broad field of enquiry to tease out strands to be used as ‘provocateurs’ that, over the course of the next year, will encourage debate and dialogue.

The symposium will adopt a non-traditional format, interspersing speakers with performances, readings, screenings, a city walk and a collaborative roundtable discussion. As part of the programme, we will also be offering a free lunchtime picnic, during which participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk informally. The resulting content will be documented and available online.

The themes we would like to explore on June 29th include (but are not limited to): 

  • works: the architecture of historic workplaces around the city
  • craftsmanship and sites for creative activity
  • spaces that have been taken up by both artist communities and developers
  • devotion and vocation
  • the reconnection with meaningful labour and talents; work removed from economic gain, as a counter to a meaningless, boredom or inertia – ‘waste of time jobs’ all relating to the shifting economy of the city
  • social cohesion within the city; the construction and perpetuation of class systems preventing solidarity  and new media as an alternative model
  • the architecture and social and economic history of the city

Please register here for a place and free lunch.


  • 10am – introduction by Amanda Crawley Jackson
  • 10.20am – Bhavani Esapathi
  • 10.40am – Bryan Eccleshall
  • 11am – Simon Marginson
  • 11.20 – break and informal discussions
  • 11.40am – Dan Smith
  • 12pm – Florian Kossak
  • 12.20pm – Luke Bennett
  • 12.40pm – SKINN
  • 1pm – Lunch, walk (depending on weather), informal discussions
  • 2pm – Angelina Ayers
  • 2.15pm – Rachel Genn
  • 2.30pm – Cristina Cerulli
  • 2.50pm – Carolyn Butterworth
  • 3.10pm – Matt Cheeseman
  • 3.25pm – Discussion led by Laura Sillars and Lesley Guy
  • 4pm – music, wine & informal discussions
  • 5pm – close

Poetry workshop with Matthew Clegg

On Saturday Matthew Clegg ran a plastiCities workshop at 7 Garden Street. He and the participants explored the tanka form, writing poems inspired by a walk led by Matthew and Brian Lewis from Longbarrow Press earlier in the day.

An account of the day’s activities will be published here shortly, along with some examples of the poems produced by the participants.

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Quiet flows the Don (Тихий Дон)

Pauline, who’s 71, came up to Shalesmoor for the day from Maidenhead to try and find the places where her parents and grandparents lived. Her grandparents were Ukrainian Jews who came to Britain in the late nineteenth century. Fleeing persecution, they left their hometown of Novograd-Volynsk and sailed to Liverpool from Odessa, a port city on the Black Sea. Pauline doesn’t know how her family came to live in Sheffield, but told us about the large Jewish community that lived in the slum dwellings around Scotland Street at the turn of the century. Her father was born in 1902 and is buried in Sheffield. The family ran a grocers shop at 51 West Bar Green from 1910 until as late as 1951. She told us her memories of hearing Yiddish spoken at home, of chicken soup and matzah bread, and of the rich, enticing smells in the family shop. She told us that she remembered how, as a child, she would be given old Bisto posters and empty boxes, so she too could play shop. She used to love the Blue Riband biscuits she was given as a special treat and remembers the sound of the cellophane packet being torn to release its contents. We walked together to Allen Street, but the family home that once stood there has long since been demolished or destroyed. We couldn’t work out which school her father must have gone to, although we wondered about the Infants School on Blue Boy Street (so named because of the blue jackets that the schoolboys were made to wear). Pauline ran away to New York to marry her husband. When she told her mother she was going to start researching their family history, her mother warned against it, saying that there were ‘too many skeletons in the cupboard’.

It was a strange kind of serendipity that minutes before we met Pauline and asked if we could take her photograph for the (Sheffield) Don magazine, we had been discussing the fact that there’s also a River Don that flows through Russia and Ukraine.

The magazine, which we wrote, edited and produced in 24 hours, will be launched on Friday June 22nd. See here for more details and to reserve a place at the launch.