Aesthetics of Manufacture

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Aesthetics of Manufacture 2016 at Butcher Works Gallery is a Hero Event in Sheffield Year of Making 2016, showcasing Sheffield’s world leading innovation in advanced engineering, art and design in exhibition, weekly talks & film screening. Exhibiting Designer Makers: Amelia Knowlson, Charlotte Tollyfield, Dave Allison, Grace Horne, Sharleen Marius, Stuart Mitchell & Victoria Kershaw.

Aesthetics of Manufacture is a returning programme. With support of our city wide partners; The Welding Institute Sheffield Branch, Swann-Morton Ltd, Sheffield Assay Office, Museums Sheffield & Sheffield Hallam University we address design and making in the hands of the artist, craft maker, engineer, manufacturer and as innovative and experiential education and training for young people marginalized by disadvantage, exclusion or special learning needs. The programme engages with the creative and technical skills required to generate the high quality product.

Freeman College is part of Ruskin Mill Trust, a UK wide charity specialising in educational and residential provision for young people with learning disabilities.

Transport Details: NCP parking on Arundel St and on road parking pay & display parking on the street outside the venue.

RAIL – 10 mins walk from Midland train station. 15 mins from Sheffield tram Interchange.

Access: Full access to ground floor exhibition & talks.

Film screening & talk in the third floor Grinding Troughs have no disabled access. Troughs are up steep stairs and have a maximum capacity of 20 people. No booking but early arrival recommended.


Aesthetics of Manufacture 2016 exhibition 3 – 29 October 2016, open 10 – 3 Mon – Sat.

Public Talks:

Wednesday 12 October: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Swann Morton: A talk and demonstration by the leading global manufacturer.

Dave Allison: A talk and demonstration by traditional Sheffield Metal Spinner.

Wednesday 19 October: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Neil Trinder & Joe Moore: A talk and demonstration by a Wood Craftsman. Neil will work in Butcher Works Gallery on a foot pedal lathe and explain how he approaches his craft and the decisions he is making during the process.

Keen and Brilliant: George Hukin, Razor Grinder: Presentation on George Hukin by poet and historian Sally Goldsmith. The talk is in the original Butcher Works grinding troughs.

Masters of Metal Working No. 2: loaned by Sheffield Museums and the Guild of St. George, this is a rare archival film of razor grinder, Billy Hukin from Ken Hawley. The screening is in the original grinding troughs at Butcher Works.

Thursday 27 October 2016: 6:30 – 8:30

Symposium: A celebration of Sheffield’s traditional crafts reinterpreted as contemporary making and manufacture for global markets. This symposium opens up the research & design processes integral to industrial production and in the role of the designer maker. Celebrating Sheffield’s manufacturing history and its relationship to the craft of making, Aesthetics of Manufacture 2016 asks both the craft maker and the engineer; where in their practice do these roles converge.

TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire) Advanced Manufacturing Park: TWI’s presentation showcases research into 3D printing & friction stir welding.

Sheffield Assay Office: Lazer marking, sampling and the introduction of new materials and mixed metals, a maker led development.

Museums Sheffield / Sheffield Hallam University: the development of 3D scanning and printing of rare objects.

Freeman College, Symposium Host: A presentation of the work and specialist craft teaching methods of Freeman College.



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Posted on 27th September 2016

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