In the Open

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6th – 29th August
In the Open spans two Sheffield based venues, Bank Street Arts and Sheffield Institute of the Arts. The exhibition consists of artworks in a variety of media, including artists’ books, text, images, films, paintings and objects all of which are the result of collaborative practices.



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Safe | 30th June & 1st July
Artist Arnett Powell has had a number of varying experiences in hospital throughout her life and in her new exhibition Safe she reflects on her own desire, what is quite possibly a universally shared desire to feel safe and secure on the day of being discharged.


Copyright/Copyleft : A Symposium

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Art & Copyright/Copyleft: A Symposium | Friday 16th June | 11am – 4pm
Should it matter if you break the law to make art? Is it, in fact, necessary?
This symposium brings together artists, writers, curators and lawyers to discuss the stakes and realities of copyright, copyleft and creative commons and fair usage in contemporary art, video games, writing and creative practice.


Diisonance: Workshop

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Diisonance | Friday 23rd June | 2pm – 4.30pm
paul hawkins and poet/musician Rowan Evans will run a workshop on experimental, collaborative poetry. Participants will be encouraged to produce new, collaborative work in that moment and invited to join five pairs of collaborating writers in a free Diisonance event in the evening featuring performances of new collaborative poetry generated with the theme of Diisonance in mind.


Monochrome Breach

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16th & 17th June
Bryan, an artist with a long standing association with Bank Street Arts, will be holding a solo show of drawings at the gallery on Saturday 17th June. Bryan has shown his work at Bank Street many times, and is currently a trustee of the charity. On the evening of Friday June 16th, there will be an opening event to launch this pop-up show. During the evening there will be a talk by the artist. All are welcome.

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An Evening Reading with Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack

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Saturday 10th June 7.30pm | Free admission
Resident artist Linda Kemp will be introducing Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack for an evening of poetry readings as part of this years Independent Publishers Book Fair. Steve McCaffery has been twice nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award and is twice recipient of the American Gertrude Stein Prize for Innovative Writing. Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry. Titles include Quirks & Quillets, The Tongue Moves Talk, At Issue and Vanity Release.


Independent Publishers Book Fair

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Saturday 10th June 11am – 6pm | Free
The Independent Publishers Book Fair will once again bring some of the most innovative artists and independent presses together under one roof. The fair will include handmade artists’ books, poetry, fiction, art writing, literary criticism, zines, and much more.



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21st – 24th June
Diisonance is a collaboration. Part of a jigsaw, the genesis of which is shared experiences; Steve and paul met in the early nineties squatting in Claremont Road, east London at the height of anti-road protests, poll-tax riots and dissent.

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Sheffield: This is Hardcore

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Wednesday 31st May 6pm | Free admission.
An illustrated talk by Jones the Planner. “Sheffield is heroic. It’s like a boxer struggling back to his feet after a series of knock-down blows; down but not out. Sheffield is masculine, raw and powerful. But it is Pittsburg, not Detroit, still optimistic that its past, improbable, greatness can be rekindled. And it is often wrong-headed about how to do this.”


Art + Copyright/Copyleft : A Symposium and Exhibition

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Friday June 16th | 11am – 4pm | tickets £10
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Richard Taylor, Lawyer and partner at DLA Piper LLP, specialist in Intellectual Property & Professor Robert Burrell, Head of School of Law, University of Sheffield. Occursus and Bank Street Arts are pleased to invite proposals for 20-minute contributions (including, but not limited to, papers, presentations and readings) that reflect critically on the issues and practicalities of copyright and copyleft, with particular reference to the arts (broadly interpreted).


Our May Opening Hours

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Our gallery maintenance is continuing into May and our opening hours this month will be limited. If you’re interested in viewing our 4 current exhibitions, Taken to Pieces: Peculiar Wood, IOTA, Atrium Occupation, Mania, and The Nymph and the Shepherd, we’ll be open on the evenings of Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th for The Unsung’s funeral party for the forgotten fallen heroes of music and Chris Graham’s Atrium Withdrawal respectivly.

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Chris Graham Atrium Withdrawal

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Chris Graham | Atrium Withdrawal

After 207 days, 2 hours, 25 minutes and a limitless supply of ideas and energy, resident Chris Graham’s Atrium Occupation draws to a close on Saturday 27th May with his Atrium Withdrawal event.