Social Sheffield Culture Editor, Jak Laight, picks the Top 3 Cultural Events in Sheffield, Mon. 24 – Sun. 30 Oct. 2016.
1. – Curious Cabinets // Until Thu. 3 November // Exchange Place Studios – – (FREE)
Yorkshire Artspace’s Exchange Place Studios plays host to 15 artists to create Curious Cabinets. Cabinets of curiosities took off in the 16th Century. They were quite literally rooms chock-full of curious objects, which evoked interest and intrigue. The collections became the starting point for many of today’s museums. Taking their impetus from these cabinets of curiosities, artists from all corners of the UK (including Exchange Place Studios) have come together to put on a mesmerising exhibition. Expect to find a great variety of artistic media on display, from dress making, craft and photography, to painting, and performance art. The studios are even hosting Curious Cabinet’s Halloween Event on 31 October, for which you are invited to don your spookiest garb.
2. – Feature Walls // Until Sun. 30 October // Various Locations – – (FREE)
Anyone who has been on a wander around Sheffield will tell you that they have seen some cracking murals, from The Snog (Pete McKee) and David Attenborough (Rocket01) to the variety of creatures produced by Phlegm. Bradbury and Blanchard (the two ‘B’s of B&B Gallery) are celebrating Sheffield’s street art by inviting 16 artists (home and away) to make canvasses of Sheffield’s walls. As the murals start to pop up all over the city, keep your eyes peeled to get the first glimpse of a new work. Once completed, a map will be provided – until then: happy hunting!
3. – Caught in the Act // Until Wed. 19 November // Cupola Gallery – – (FREE)
Cupola is a beautiful gallery tucked away in Hillsborough, consistently producing thoughtful and fresh exhibitions. Their latest, Caught in the Act, is no exception. This time sees Corinna Button delving deep into our everyday encounters. Button’s layered and searching pieces explore the human condition, and how we interact. The pieces offer a variety of texture and colour, but there is one conspicuous constant: the face. The penetrating stares from the portraits and group portraits suggest that the subjects – and, indeed, all of us – are putting on an act in our everyday lives. This is a must-see.
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