In April, Sheffield Hallam University launched Catalyst: festival of creativity – a series of events, performances, projects and exhibitions in partnership with the city and its communities.
The festival, which is part of Sheffield’s wider Year of Making, is taking place until November with 28 different creative projects over the course of eight months.
Organisers of Catalyst received more than 100 proposals from University staff and students and a final selection of 28 projects were selected from across a range of different disciplines including architecture, photography, art, performance and design.
These include Solar: Walking at the Speed of Light, the largest model of the Solar System ever constructed drawing upon the practices of walking arts, science and digital production; Please Touch, a multi-disciplinary project exploring the creation of interactive displays for the blind and partially-sighted community; Make Good Livelihoods – a public weekend of activities, demonstrations and talks to celebrate the people who make their livelihood from craftsmanship in Sheffield; and Nightmail a spectacular projection show using the Sheffield Institute of Arts building as a canvas.
Sally Wade, director of Sheffield Institute of Arts, said: “It was fantastic to receive so many proposals across such a wide spectrum of ideas and people. Selecting just 28 proposals was an incredibly difficult task but one we enjoyed making.
“Sheffield, and indeed our University, is full of creative and innovative people and we were lucky enough to see a snapshot of this.
“The review panel judged every submission for its engagement, audience, innovation and creativity and we’re pleased with the selection we made. Each project has demonstrated some wonderful ideas and we look forward to seeing them come to life and be shared and enjoyed by everyone in Sheffield.”
Sheffield Hallam University has a strong heritage of creative arts, design and making, dating back to the formation of ‘Sheffield School of Design’ in 1843. Today the University has a distinct offer through its Sheffield Institute of Arts, which recently moved into the former head post office in Fitzalan Square. Much of the University’s creative activity extends beyond the boundaries of the University into the city and its communities.
Catalyst projects will be on show at the University and at various locations in Sheffield until November. For more information, including information on all 28 projects, please visit shu.ac.uk/catalyst and follow #HallamCatalyst on Twitter.