Sheffield City of Makers

Open Call Round 1 – 11 Projects Selected

Posted on 29.09.2017

Making Ways is delighted to announce 11 projects have been selected from the recent Making Ways Open Call.

Three applications were selected for Strand 1 Project funding:

  • Take Me to Your Leader (again) – A collaboration between Maja Mihlajlovic, Lea Torp Nielson, Lesley Guy and Sian Williams who will work together to create new sculptural, multi-media assemblages which satirically address notions of leadership and power. The work will result in an exhibition in the autumn/winter.
  • We are not and Island – Practice based collaborative project, Poly-Technic, will explore the idea of the Radical Print Shop as a site where people can come together to talk and make. The work will draw on a history of art and activism and result in exhibitions at Ca’Foscari in Venice and the Canal Basin in Sheffield.
  • An application from Lesley Sanderson and Neil Conroy leading to a new body of work bringing together both two and three dimensional elements exploring materials, form and craft. The work aims to juxtapose different materials and reference points in unexpected manners. The work will be exhibited in Millennium Gallery in 2018.More details of the exhibitions to follow.

There were 8 successful Research and Development applicants:

Toni Buckby  – to develop skills in the manufacturing of woven textiles through weaving and spinning and research the incorporation of electronic elements within the textile produced.
Yuen Fong Ling  – researching and developing work in response to the legacy of Edward Carpenter.
Tracey Holland  – to investigate ways to create temporary/illusionary images including Dircksian Phantasmagoria and anamorphic imagery techniques
Trish O’Shea – to explore the theme of refuge and shelter in the city, exploring the use of media, scale, working processes and participatory methods.
Michael Day, who will use funding to gain mentoring and support
Robert Almond – to aid research into different techniques for applying textured finishes to his furniture.
Linda Baxter – for purchase of equipment to enable large scale printing and research and experiment with hand stitching, layering and quilting of her prints.
Meghan Downs  – to develop new ceramic skills, sculptural and slab building techniques.

The Open Call forms 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: Poly-Technic
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