GLOAM is an artist co-op with studios and volunteer-run exhibition space, with the aim of raising the profile of contemporary art regionally and nationally by fostering creative networks with artists and organisations and providing opportunities for experiencing contemporary art for free in the heart of Sheffield. To do this, They plan to out together a programme of events, exhibitions, performances and workshops which are experimental, intersectional, and representative of emergent and established artists working across practical disciplines.
GLOAM was set up by artist and musician Mark Riddington on Mary Street in 2017. Between 2017–2019, the space hosted nine exhibitions featuring artists such as Matthew Tully, Emii Alrai, Adam McGowan, Charlie-Mae Bloom, Blue Firth, Ben Jeans Houghton, Jake Kent, Hannah Lees & Emily McCartan, and hosted talks with Jasleen Kaur in partnership with Bloc Projects & Anna Chrystal Stephens and Glen Stoker for Site Gallery, Sheffield.
In 2020, developments within the local area saw GLOAM move spaces to our current building on Arundel Street, which formally housed the beloved DIY music venue, The Lughole. In 2020, GLOAM also re-structured and became a collectively run space which had hoped to open its doors earlier in the year. A few weeks following the move, COVID-19 placed restrictions on building work, and the scheduled programme had to be put on hold until further notice.
They have raised over £2500 through crowdfunding to help complete building works and are looking to open soon with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events. Follow in Facebook to keep updated in what’s happening.