Off the Shelf will celebrate 25 years in 2016 having established itself as one of the UK’s most well known literature festivals. With the support of Arts Council funding the festival has been able to commission a new Text and the City artwork as part of Year of Making Sheffield 2016. The new piece, called ‘Hey You, has been composed by the city’s internationally known and award winning musician Richard Hawley. Text and the City is an initiative that displays poems on and in Sheffield’s buildings, and in collaboration with Museums Sheffield, this new public artwork was unveiled at the Made in Sheffield Exhibition launch in the Millennium Galleries.
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “Sheffield is a city rich in creativity, with a history of great makers and Richard Hawley is certainly one of them. His music, which is loved the world over is part our wonderful musical heritage and is a fine showcase for the creative talent that has come from our city. I hope that people will come along to Off the Shelf in October to see not only Richard’s latest piece but also the many other inspiring contributions throughout the festival.”
Tamar Millen Events Manager Year of Making said;“This city’s talent from our wordsmiths, our artists, our musicians, our designers, our people and every single one of us, makes this city a true city of makers. As Sheffield’s own music maker and lyricist Richard Hawley tells us writ large. A wonderful way to celebrate the Year of Making.”
Off the Shelf is known for its strong music programme and commissioned Richard Hawley to write a piece of text celebrating Sheffield’s long history of making. The resulting piece ‘Hey You’ is a love song to the people of Sheffield – a celebration of the individual as well as an ackowledgement of Sheffield’s well recognised warmth and character.
‘Hey You’ will be displayey ed in the Millennium Gallery avenue from 12 July until November 2016. Created on acrylic, the design by Sheffield based Eleven Design, is both a nod to the past and Marvel comics as well as the modern feel of a social media sound bite.
Hear Richard talk about Hey You here