Social Sheffield Culture Editor, Jak Laight, picks the Top 3 Cultural Events in Sheffield, Mon. 17 – Sun. 23 Oct. 2016.
1. – Hollywood Vampires // Thurs. 20 October – Thurs. 17 November // 99 Mary Street – – (FREE)
London-based street artist Pure Evil (a.k.a. Charles Uzzell Edwards) continues 99MS’s impressive streak of exhibitions featuring pioneering British artists. Pure Evil’s international signature comes in the form of his fanged bunny, sprayed the world over. His Nightmares output was a series of portraits that depicted world famous icons in Warhol-esque fashion, each character shedding a stylised tear. Expanding upon this series, Pure Evil brings to Sheffield Hollywood Vampires. Icons from times past become weeping, vampiric beings. In this stellar exhibition, Pure Evil’s highly influential work lands in Sheffield and should not be missed.
2. – Autopsy: Transforming the Head Post Office // Thurs. 20 October – Mon. 31 October // SIA – – (FREE)
Yet another offshoot of the gargantuan Year of Making 2016, Autopsy is a documentation of the overhaul of the old Head Post Office from a neglected carcass to the beautifully restored building that has become SIA HQ. Photographer India Hobson, during the course of the renovation, snapped thousands of pictures of the innards of the building. The result is an intimate autopsy of the building as it was long after the influence of people had been left behind, as well as the effects of our reintroducing ourselves to the building. For the many of us who had longed to see the insides of the abandoned building, this exhibition is a rare and all-too-short opportunity.
3. – Steel City Beer and Cider Festival // Wed. 19 October – Sat. 22 October // Kelham Island Museum – – (FREE)
Sheffield CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) hosts the Steel City Beer and Cider Festival within the gorgeous and fantastically educational surroundings of the Kelham Island Museum. On Friday, the River Don Engine, a focal point of the museum, will be in action for all to see. In its 42nd year the festival offers 250 beers and 50 ciders, and we see 23 of Sheffield’s breweries represented. On the first evening an expert panel will be sorting the barley from the chaff with a number of prizes to be awarded. Sheffield’s flagship beer and cider festival with 300 drinks on offer, there will certainly be something to everyone’s taste.
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