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In Praise of Libraries

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6th – 21st October
In Praise of Libraries celebrates reading in Sheffield during the 1930s and 40s. Over the last four years the Reading Sheffield team have recorded the memories and reflections of nearly sixty Sheffield readers. These memories have inspired the multi-media artist Lizz Tuckerman, to create an exhibition of sounds and images.


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.


Lucy Wright | Folk artist in residence

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After her recent exhibition ‘Bling!’, Lucy Wright joins us as our very first Folk Artist in Residence. ‘My work challenges narrow portrayals of the traditional arts—typically associated with historical depth, rurality and masculinity— through emphasis on the dynamic cultural contributions of working class communities, particularly women.’


Jessica Harby

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Artist Jessica Harby spent all of last year filling herself with as much information as she could about the machinations of the United States and the United Kingdom. She’s currently undertaking a residency at Bank Street Arts that is exploring how the decisions of 2016 become the consequences of 2017. The plan is to, as Jessica notes, ‘Slow things down. Feel every terrifying moment in real time’.


Chris Graham Atrium Occupation

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2nd Nov onwards
A complex, nuanced and dazzling blend of radical dissent, catharsis, and critique of institutional power, the work of BSA resident Chris Graham- who’s going to be occupying our atrium over the next few months- is as likely to reference Mickey Mouse or Kate Moss as it is Zygmunt Bauman.


Comma Press Short Story Course

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09/02/17 – 06/07/17
A writing course from one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction. Comma Press is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.


Bank Street Arts Atrium Wall: call for expressions of interest

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The wall in our atrium is the largest single exhibition space in Bank Street Arts. We’re looking for proposals from anyone with an interest in exploring its possibilities.


Keyhole Gallery: call for expressions of interest

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Our Keyhole Gallery is the smallest of the various exhibition spaces that make up Bank Street Arts. We’re interested in hearing from artists, makers or curators who think that they could do something interesting with it.


The Nymph and the Shepherd

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Spring 2016- spring 2017
The Nymph and the Shepherd is an ongoing series of photographs chronicling the transitions of resident Jesse Alexander’s rural Somerset surroundings 160 miles from Sheffield. The series commenced in Spring 2016 with a commitment from Jesse to send one image per week to Bank Street Arts over the course of a year.

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A snapshot of the visual arts scene in Sheffield

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In 2015, Bank Street Arts founder and former Creative Director John Clark was commissioned by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City & Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield, to compile information on the arts community in the Sheffield region. The aim of the report was to create a snapshot of the visual arts scene in Sheffield and the surrounding area.


What To Do | Bas Fontaine

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Permanent exhibit
Bas’ work, which you can find in our basement, explores the things people said to him when he decided to become an artist.


Beyond Street View

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13/01/16 – 04/03/16
An exhibition of photographs created by users of the Cathedral Archer Project, will offer visitors unfamiliar perspectives on Sheffield’s people, buildings, streets and open spaces …