“It felt very rich and connected” is how Liam O’Shea, Creative Director of Hope Works, describes his absorption into the Sheffield music scene in the 1990s as a student. He traces the lineage of Sheffield’s music through the electronic music of Toddla T, Chris Duckenfield, Black Dog, alongside the pop synth of Heaven 17, and the Arctic Monkeys and Pulp.
For Year of Making, and in conjunction with the BBC Music Day, Hope Works has put together an extraordinary night, fusing together music, art exhibition and performance. Across a sculpture of a drop hammer and molten steel pouring ladles, projectors will animate art from Sheffield artists across its surfaces with a light and music backdrop from local DJs. This is an art exhibition in a non-formal gallery environment. A dance night with a provocative artistic performance.
Pushing the boundaries between art, performance and music is part of the heritage of Hope Works which has gained notoriety as part of the beating heart of the Sheffield music scene over recent years. Celebrated in DJ Magazine, Resident Advisor and Mixmag, and playing host to dancefloor great such as Nina Kravitz, Carl Craig and Jeff Mills, Liam is looking to draw new audiences to Sheffield, his adopted home, and to illustrate the creative pulse across the industrial heritage of the city.