June 2021: Matter Out of Place

Foreground: ‘A Seat at the Table’, found chair and table, steel, vinyl, concrete, silver-plate ladle.
Wall work by Artworks South Yorkshire artists.
Photo: Laura Page

After many months of planning, socially distanced artistic exchanges and working in collaboration, the women’s artist collective Material Voice that I am a member of are holding our second exhibition.

Matter Out of Place is on show at
Yorkshire Artspace Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS.
17th June – 10th July 2021.
The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 5 pm.

There is a socially distanced preview event on 23rd June, 5 – 8pm, with a screening of a new film made by photographer Laura Page in response to the show.

45-minute sessions can be booked in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/matter-out-of-place-preview-film-screening-tickets-159407370737 

Finding ways to navigate through the coronavirus pandemic, Sheffield-based collective Material Voice have been experimenting with socially distanced ways of collaboration by giving each other sculptural prompts to respond to; a process that has challenged and enhanced our individual art practices.

This exchange has been extended to include artists with learning disabilities at Burton Street Arts and ArtWorks South Yorkshire. Working with everyday materials provided by Material Voice, the participants have created artworks that reinterpret existing understandings of form and function.

Inspired by these exchanges and exploring the theme Matter Out of Place, Material Voice artists have created new individual and collaborative sculptural works for this exhibition that question ideas of disruption, control, risk and trust. These are exhibited alongside work made by everyone who engaged with this project, creating a dynamic, multi-voiced body of work.

I am showing ‘A Seat at the Table’, the piece in the image, works made in collaboration with Clee Claire Lee and works with all members of the collective.