Following the Corridor8 launch at S1 Art Space in March, Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield hosted the city’s fourth Culture Club Showcase on the 23rd of May 2012. The outreach evening offered an opportunity for cultural groups in Sheffield to present their work to an audience of Sheffield’s culturati.
Brought together by The North Marketing Agency and Sheffield City Council, Sheffield’s cultural strategy was portrayed by eight different organisations and individuals presenting under the theme ‘People and Spaces’. The featured presenters included Lovebytes, Dust, Soul of Sheffield, Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, Occursus, CADS, Open Up and Martin Hogg. Our Sheffield-based partners and designers, Dust, gave a presentation about their six-year relationship with Corridor8 in the context of their design practice. Patrick Walker, Dust MD, spoke about the aims and history of both Dust and Corridor8, and artist Charlotte Morgan talked about her recent contributions to the journal.
A few highlights…
Lovebytes is a non-profit digital arts festival which began in 1994, establishing itself as one of the earliest of its kind in the United Kingdom. The founders aim to bring together the cutting edge of digital arts and computer technologies to create art, music and drama. Over the last three years, Lovebytes has turned its focus towards educational projects for young people through artist-run workshops. Its last festival was held in March 2012.
Creative Arts Development Space (CADS) is a not for profit offering space for hire and studios for rent, making use of disused industrial buildings. CADS began with 3 studios in 2010 and today have about 56 working studios. As a space for hire, they have established themselves as a key venue for the local electronic music scene and seek to draw in audiences not necessarily interested in the arts.
Martin Hogg is a practising sound artist who has several book projects on soundscaping in progress. Interested in sound mapping, field recording and acoustic ecology, Hogg explores the relationship between sound of living things and their environment. Based in Sheffield since 1993, Hogg is currently working on a sonic guide to Sheffield using his background in radio to produce an acoustic ecology trail of the city.
As South Yorkshire increasingly establishes itself as a creative hub, two more Culture Club Showcases are planned for Sheffield, to be held in September and December 2012.