Social Sheffield Culture Editor, Jak Laight, picks the Top 3 Cultural Events in Sheffield, Mon. 9 May – Sun. 15 May 2016
1. – Sorry About Last Night // Until Mon. 6 June // The Washington – – (FREE)
This group exhibition brings together more than twenty artists. Together, they riff on the art of “bad life choices” – specifically those borne out of heavy drinking. The exhibition focuses on the fallout that follows the visceral emotional states reached after one (or a few) too many. The Washington pub is aptly hosting this event, curated by (it’s all) Tropical. If you haven’t heard of them before, (It’s all) Tropical is a Sheffield-based organisation that puts on arts shows and exhibitions across the country and provides a platform for visual artists. Sorry About Last Night is a frank and confessional collection that should not be missed.
2. – Lotus and Silver Lining // Until Fri. 27 May // APG Works – – (FREE)
Japanese artists Yusaku Fujiwara and Chiaki Kurumizawa bring a new show to APG Works this week. The two artists work side by side to reflect on the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. More than five years later, people are still seeking to recover from the natural disaster. Fujiwara and Kurumizawa (Lotus and Silver Lining, respectively) turn our attention to purification and rebirth. Fujiwara took plants from the disaster area and uses them in his series of black and white paintings; Kurumizawa distilled water from the same area and photographed it, in reference to the Shinto ritual of purification. This is a forward looking exhibition that urges Japan to rise from the ashes of the 2011 disaster.
3. – Document // Tue. 24 May – Sat. 4 June // Bank Street Arts – – (FREE)
Bank Street Arts hosts a deeply personal account and examination of how and why we document things. After the passing of a loved one, what do we keep and what do we record? Sarah Grace Harris is not alone in having put off this process of deciding what to keep and what to be rid of. Now, three large black and white photo portraits stand above three piles of objects. Harris exhibits the belongings of three family members alongside a collection of polaroids of their belongings that she did not keep. Document is a moving exhibition in which Harris, through documenting her family, ends up creating a portrait of herself.
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