From submissions to the Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, we have a collection of over 200 books held at Bank Street Arts, generously donated by participating artists. Contact us if you’re interested in viewing the collection for research, workshops or seminars.
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.
Have you got a story that’s urgent? That you want to tell now? Do you have a great idea for a film, TV drama, radio drama or stage play? Over the course of six workshops you’ll cover the principles of scriptwriting and you will write, discuss, share and receive friendly and constructive feedback to help you towards writing the first working draft of your script.
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.
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.
Friday 26th May 7:30pm
You’ve heard of Kurt Cobain. You’ve heard of Jim Morrison. Have you heard of Scott Johnson, or Lina Prokofiev? The Unsung is a funeral party for the forgotten fallen heroes of music – not the famous dead rock stars, but the people whose story has never been told.
From February 17th
Laura Smith is interested in the attachments that people form with inanimate objects and her work involves giving charity shop figurines a surreal makeover. Her Mania exhibition, which takes place in our newly-refurbished Keyhole Gallery, features three textbook examples of mantelpiece kitsch and car boot sale tat, to which Laura has added her own twist.
Friday 21st April from 6.45pm
Songwriter, musician and Bank Street Arts resident Oliver Manning is currently recording his forthcoming album in the various spaces around our building. While he’s played a few impromptu gigs with us, his first ‘official’ BSA performance will be taking place on the evening of Friday 21st April. The show is a co-headliner with fellow songwriter James Ewan Tait.
From Friday Feb 17th at 6pm
Ben Lewis’s Taken to Pieces: Peculiar Wood – ‘an attempt by the artist to fail better’- takes an album you know, a few that you don’t, a pair of scissors, a failed career as a DJ, and uses both chance and certainty to create… something else.
March 29th- 1st April.
Artist and researcher Lucy Wright’s conception of folk is more interested in what can happen when people come together to share in a cultural practice that they create for themselves. Her forthcoming exhibition Bling! explores this, with loving reference to the recent DIY phenomenon known variously as ‘bedazzling,’ ‘bejewelling’ and ‘blinging’.
22nd March- 1st April
With the Hallam Tower hotel now mainly occupied by pigeons and urban explorers and Grosvenor House being very publicly flattened, urbanist Andrew Jackson’s new exhibition Wake-Up Call checks you in at the Bank Street Hotel for a remembrance of lost futures and a slowly-vanishing Sheffield.
On Friday 31st March from 6pm we’ll be hosting an event that will give visitors to Bank Street Arts the opportunity to spend the evening taking in six very different exhibitions: Lucy Wright’s Bling!, Andrew Jackson’s Wake-Up Call, Laura Smith’s Mania, resident Jesse Alexander’s The Nymph and the Shepherd, Ben Lewis’s Taken to Pieces: Peculiar Wood, and resident Chris Graham’s Atrium Occupation.
8th- 23rd March
Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at The University of Sheffield, and artist Kate Sully first exhibited at Bank Street Arts with their mesmerising Journey of Reproductive Life project, part of 2016’s Festival of the Mind. Since the festival, Allan and Kate have continued their collaboration, producing work that provides a unique conduit between the reproductive sciences and art.
Monday 27th Feb- Monday 6th March
Whereas Baggage, resident Mark Harvey’s previous show at Bank Street Arts, consisted of portraits of a number of people who’ve experienced homelessness, A Box For My Bed shifts the emphasis towards the actual spaces where Sheffield’s rough sleepers bunk down for the night.
8th – 17th February.
Reflections on History will showcase contemporary works inspired by the extensive and rich history of pewter. Leading makers have created new works that possess individual references to pewter’s vast history such as the historical symbolism and importance of the early guilds.
7th- 12th January
In Celebration of Trees is an exhibition of photographs that comes at a point when trees have become an unusually divisive and highly charged issue in Sheffield. While a 2007 independent survey suggested that just 1,000 of the city’s street trees needed replacing, 4,000 have since been felled. Sheffield hasn’t taken kindly to this…
Saturday 26th November from 11am
An independent book fair, organised and curated by Brian Lewis and Emma Bolland, which will bring together some of the UK’s most innovative artists and independent presses. Later in the evening, several artists and writers will take part in a related event, Image and Text as Exploration.
17th – 25th November
In a future where intelligent androids are fully integrated with everyday life, how do we distinguish ourselves as human? As part of Being Human Festival 2016 Bank Street Arts will host an exhibition of images of present and future robots that are or will be integrated into daily human life.
An evening of poetry, memoir extracts, and fiction readings from writers that have experienced, or are currently experiencing, homelessness. This event is suitable for ages 16+ and is organised by Crisis, the national homeless charity. Part of this year’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words.
An evening of two performances developed from two very different approaches to language. Artist/ writer Claire Potter will read CHAVSCUMBOSS, and composer and long-standing Bank Street Arts resident Stephen Chase will perform pieces that derive from performance scores comprised of words.
An exhibition of selected text and artwork from poet Paul Hawkins’ book of the same name, including screenings of Neil Goodwin and Mayyada Al-Malazi’s Life in the Fast Lane: the No M11 Story, and John Smith and Jocelyn Pook’s Blight, plus reading by local poets.
HMRCollective have taken Jean-Paul Sartre’s book Words as reading material and responded to the text in ways that seem to express reading behaviour that Roland Barthes calls ‘insolent in that it interrupts the text, and smitten in that it keeps returning to it’.
06/10/16 – 08/10/16
An exhibition of poetry by Rosalee Kiely and photography by Gabriela Morales that explores friendship and the notion of home: a place of comfort, warmth, and safety, but also of vulnerability. What if we do not feel at home?
15/08/16 – 25/08/16
An exhibition drawing on archive photography and audio recordings to chart changing attitudes towards mental distress …
Sunday 21st Aug | 2-6pm Scriptless Standup is a workshop for devised and improvised comedy performance delivered by BSA comedian in residence Sean Morley. The workshop is open to anybody with…
A symposium that will that will consider how contemporary landscape practice has shifted from its pastoral traditions …
30/09/15 – 01/10/15
An anecdotal representation of how the alternative art college sees the transition of knowledge exchange away from the institution and into the tarmac between two locations …
27/05/2015 – 11/07/2015
For the purposes of this exhibition Madeleine Walton has trawled through charity shops and purchased second hand paintings. These discarded art works are re-presented, having gone through a process of abstraction and addition using techniques of overpainting and collage.
Since 2011, Dr Karen Harvey from the University of Sheffield has been academic in residence at Bank Street Arts. Starting with her own research into Georgian domestic life, she has looked into the history of the buildings on Bank Street and collaborated with our artists and writers, along with our founder and former Creative Director John Clark.
To mark the launch of the ‘The Future of Reading?’ exhibition, please join us for late night opening and a celebratory reception at Bank Street Arts…
Closing Party with Young Voices, Slam and Spoken Word. And from 7:30pm, AntiSlam returns to Sheffield! And this time there’s much more to lose…
Come prepared to touch, taste, smell, see and hear your way through an exciting morning of writing. All you need for this workshop is an interest in poetry and a bit of imagination!…
As our first Comedian in Residence- and one ‘armed with ‘a bucket full of pranks and a briefcase full of EU funding applications’- Sean Morley has been given free rein to explore humour and laughter at Bank Street Arts, develop his work in live and recorded comedy, and… whatever else tickles his fancy.
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.
Bank Street Arts comedian in residence Sean Morley is running another instalment of his Scriptless Standup workshop for devised and improvised comedy performance this autumn. The workshop is open to anybody with an interest in developing their standup, and will teach the skills needed to abandon your ideas in the moment and go with what’s funny, interesting or dramatic. Please note, Sean’s workshop is now fully subscribed.
9th December 7pm | Pay What You Want
BSA Comedian in Residence Sean Morley’s Earned Helplessness explores powerlessness and responsibility and is a frenetic and absurdist exploration of performing, politics and communicating from the perspective of someone who’s having a meltdown and wants to become a baby.
Friday 2nd December 7pm | £5/ £4 BSA Members
Comedy in the Courtyard returns to Bank Street Arts on Fri 2nd December for a pre-Xmas jolly-up featuring five of the circuit’s sharpest performers, including headliner Amy Gledhill- described by Richard Herring as ‘silly, vivacious and very funny’.
December 7th- 17th
Unlocked Collective’s work is focused on capturing the essence of a place or space and thinking about its legacy. Their forthcoming exhibition at Bank Street Arts, No Future, is a response to archives related to the breakdown of the steel industries.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.