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

6 Sep 2017 – 28 Sep 2017

Event times

6–28 September 2017

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery 153 Arundel St, Sheffield S1 2NU

10am–5pm daily, including weekends and until 8pm Wednesdays


Bank Street Arts 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS

11am-4pm Wednesdays to Saturdays

Private view 6 September 6-9pm, to include poetry readings and performances

Cost of entry


Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

Sheffield, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 5 minutes walk from Sheffield railway station, bus station and Supertram

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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

Alan Smith

Laurie Clark

Natalie Joelle

Nick Triplow

Ruth O'Callaghan

Diane Howse

Martina O'Brien

Gail Dickerson

Harriet Tarlo

Sheila Mullen

Camilla Nelson

Carole Webster

Amy Cutler

Thomas A Clark

Rebecca Thomas

Veronica Vickery

Jane le Besque

gillian hobson

Kayla Parker

Kayla Parker

Evelyn O'Malley

James Quinn

Trevor Borg

David Walker Barker

Peter Matthews

Bethan Hughes

Steven Hitchins

Gavin Maughfling

Harriette Yarrington

Andrea Thoma

David Power

Anne-Marie Creamer

Luce Choules

Iain Biggs

Judith Stewart

Kevin Greenfield

Min-Wei Ting

Anthony Catania

Brian Lewis

Paul Wilson

Inge Panneels

Christine Bauemler

Anna Mace

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Caitlin Stobie

Lucie Winterson

Chris Taylor

Linda Ingham

Jan Johnson

Mark Pajak

Barbara Cummings

Eirini Boukla

Emma Bolland

Jon Wrigley

Kim Anno

Laura Donkers

Filippa Dobson

Mary Modeen

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Louise K Wilson

Deborah Gardner

Clare Davies

Abigail Goodman

Katy Ewing

Christine Mackey

Clare Charnley

Laura-Gray Street

Steve Baker

Sean Martin

Bethany Savage

Adrian Evans

Joshua Scammell

Rachel Hosein Nisbet

Dan Eltringham

Barry Snaith

Andrew Jeffrey

Anna Marie Savage

Barbara Howey

Judith Tucker

Jem Southam

Peter Jaeger

John Bowers

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