Festival of the Mind / Making Ways – Artist's Talks

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Making Ways Artists Talks at Festival of the Mind
Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool, Sheffield S1
20-27 September / 1pm / FREE
In collaboration with Festival of the Mind, Making Ways is running a  series of free talks by Sheffield based artists. Grab some lunch, come along and find out about art happening in the city.
Thursday 20th September / 1pm
Mir Jansen
/ At Your Service
Mir Jansen will talk about her exhibition At Your Service (Yorkshire Artspace 27 Sept – 4 Nov). This thought provoking work shares the details and fragments of European employees at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals lives, celebrating what unites as well as what sets them apart.
Mir;s exhibition at Yorkshire Artspace is supported by Making Ways funding.
Thursday 20th September / 1.30pm
Meghan Downs / Starting Out in the World of Ceramics
Meghan will presents her work and share how she set up as an artist in Sheffield from a starter studio at Yorkshire Artspace to her recent Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair exhibition. She will discuss how the support networks in Sheffield have helped, and the opportunities that they have provided.
Meghan was given a bursary by Making Ways to have a stand at the GNCCF and received Open Call R+D funding to develop her practice.
Friday 21st September – 1pm
Yuen Fong Ling
/ Towards Memorial: After Edward Carpenter (1844-1929)
Towards memorial explores the (re) making of bespoke sandals originally designed and made by socialist, writer, poet and activist Edward Carpenter. The presentation considers the act of remembrance, protest and resistance by wearing a pair of sandals…with socks!
Yuen received Making Ways Open Call funding to develop this work.
Monday 24th September – 1pm
Chloë Brown
/ A Soft Rebellion in Paradise
Sheffield-based artist Chloë Brown presents a series of ‘Soft Rebellions’ in post-industrial cities Stoke-on-Trent, Detroit and Sheffield. The ‘Soft Rebellions’ involve dancing, eating, meeting and applauding in places where it is considered inappropriate to do so. This talk explores the challenges and questions that contribute to narratives within a city.
Chloë received Making Ways funding to develop a new work which will be launched in summer next year.
Tuesday 25th September – 1pm
Andrew Stones
/ Remembering a World, Making a World
Andrew Stones is currently making a film using 88 rolls of Super-8 cine film he shot in the 1980s, not accessed for thirty years. This material is a personal, artistic time-capsule, reflecting his desire as a younger artist to make a film showcasing the aesthetics of his Sheffield childhood.
Andrew received Making Ways Open Call funding to develop this work.
Wednesday 26th September – 1pm
Emilie Taylor
/ For Our Altars and Our Hearths: Ceramics, Alchemy and Urban Regeneration
In this talk Emilie Taylor will consider the possibility of wood firing to ignite personal and social change and consider its potential role as part of urban regeneration in Sheffield. Drawing on her background as an outreach inner-city drug worker, her research as an art psychotherapist and her experience of the medium as a craftsperson, she will consider ideas related to Psychoanalysis, Alchemy, Architecture and Urban Planning.
Thursday 27th September / 1pm
Michael Borkowsky
/ Perfume as Practice
Michael discusses his unique approach to perfumery from a contemporary art platform, incorporating a detailed presentation of what Perfume as Practice entails and his involvement in exhibitions, events, residencies and workshops. He will also give a working demonstration of how to make a perfume.
Michael undertook a residency at Orchard Square last year, as part of the Making Ways programme.
Thursday 27th September / 1.30pm
Jennifer Booth
/ Pooka – Harvey the Rabbit and the Boredom of Disease
Utilising full body nude self-portrait photographs, artist Jen Booth celebrates the power of our bodies to adapt and manage serious illness; highlighting their raw fragility and our ultimate vulnerability. This work challenges the notion of beauty, sexuality and self and offers playful interpretation of the goddess and legend, Pooka.

Full Festival of the Mind Programme: http://festivalofthemind.group.shef.ac.uk/
These talks form part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.
Image credit: Andrew Stones

Posted on 5th September 2018

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