In the Open, Sheffield:
 collaborative artworks around place, landscape and environment

6 Sep 2017 – 28 Sep 2017

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10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00

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Sheffield Hallam University: Gallery

Sheffield, United Kingdom


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 collaborative artworks around place, landscape and environment

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All the work in this two-venue exhibition has been made by at least two collaborators across a wide range of disciplines to explore ideas around place, ecology and environment.


Air pollution, fracking, the cutting down of trees – complex and controversial environmental issues are everywhere at the moment. How do we understand a place in a time of accelerating environmental change? How can we work together to respond? Do artists have anything to show us about the potential of collaboration?

In The Open is an exhibition of work by over 60 artists from around the world taking place at the SIA Gallery and Bank Street Arts from 6 to 28 September that aims to explore these questions.

The art on display is a variety of media – artists’ books, paintings, sculptures, photographs, object installations and videos – but each work has been produced in a collaborative process by at least two different artists. Some artists have worked together for years, others have paired up specifically for this exhibition. All of them respond to ideas about landscape, place, ecology and environment.

A wide variety of locations are considered, from the former Watt’s cutlery building in Sheffield to the Mississippi Delta, from wetlands to moorlands, from a coal mine in Wales to data-mined simulations of extreme weather in a future Ireland, from disused canals in Lincolnshire to the river Ouse passing through York City Centre, from gardens in Los Angeles to wildflower meadows on Uist, from Singapore’s rainforest to the Langsett reservoir, from stones to sticks to mud to mark to bark to beak to bits and bytes and back.

There are collaborations that use technology to facilitate long-distance conversation and collaborations, where the artists have gone on walks together from their back doors to a local field. Artists have undertaken archaeological excavations, plunged into freezing waters, lived for three days down a lead mine, followed the ghost of William Wordsworth up Snowdon, cut patterns into heather. They’ve trespassed, got lost, gathered together and set down.

Artistic techniques include: audio recording, big data, cutting, dyeing, exquisite corpse, frottage, gleaning, hanging, illustrating, jujitsu, kerning, lacing, mapping, note taking, ordering, programming, quilling, repeating, sticking, typing, uttering, vanishing, weeding, xerography, zen.

The exhibition opens at 7pm on 6 September with a free poetry reading by 13 poets from the UK, USA and Australia at Bank Street Arts, curated by Electric Arc Furnace.

For more information, check out the online catalogue at http://land2.leeds.ac.uk/in-the-open


Judith Tucker

Exhibiting artists

Clare Charnley

Christine Mackey

Steve Baker

Bethany Savage

Joshua Scammell

Adrian Evans

Kim Anno

Laura-Gray Street

Sean Martin

Dan Eltringham

Rachel Hosein Nisbet

Barbara Howey

Judith Tucker

Andrew Jeffrey

Anna Marie Savage

John Bowers

Jem Southam

Peter Jaeger

Nick Triplow

Natalie Joelle

Barry Snaith

Ruth O'Callaghan

Alan Smith

Laurie Clark

Veronica Vickery

Carole Webster

Gail Dickerson

Thomas A Clark

Harriet Tarlo

Rebecca Thomas

Camilla Nelson

Amy Cutler

Diane Howse

Martina O'Brien

Sheila Mullen

Kayla Parker

Kayla Parker

Jane le Besque

Bethan Hughes

David Walker Barker

Evelyn O'Malley

Trevor Borg

gillian hobson

James Quinn

Harriette Yarrington

Steven Hitchins

Andrea Thoma

Gavin Maughfling

Luce Choules

Iain Biggs

David Power

Anne-Marie Creamer

Paul Wilson

Judith Stewart

Inge Panneels

Christine Bauemler

Brian Lewis

Kevin Greenfield

Min-Wei Ting

Anthony Catania

Caitlin Stobie

Chris Taylor

Anna Mace

Lucie Winterson

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Emma Bolland

Jan Johnson

Barbara Cummings

Linda Ingham

Mark Pajak

Eirini Boukla

Mary Modeen

Filippa Dobson

Jon Wrigley

Laura Donkers

Clare Davies

Deborah Gardner

Katy Ewing

Louise K Wilson

Peter Matthews

Peter Matthews

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Abigail Goodman

Taking part


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