There will be a closing event held for this exhibition on Saturday 8th February, the gallery will be open until 7pm and drinks will be served.
Sheffield surgeon William Jackson practiced in the building currently known as Bank Street Arts during the 1830s. Contextual research reveals that the place which is now a hub for creative activity was once a site for surgical procedures devoid of anaesthesia or antisepsis. A duty to preserve life outweighed the duty to relieve pain or suffering. One can only imagine the traumatic experiences of patients who underwent surgery at this time.
Using a materials-led approach, artist Sylvia Causer investigates how common materials such as silk and ordinary sewing needles became fundamental apparatus for the Victorian surgeon.