Site Gallery, Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space, has announced full details of its reopening programme following a £1.7million development by architects DRDH.
At the heart of the city’s historic Cultural Industries Quarter the new Site Gallery will be three times bigger in scale offering a blank canvas for artistic experiment and public engagement. The team are joined by Sharna Jackson, who takes the role of Artistic Director at the regional art centre.
Specialising in moving image, new media and performance, Site Gallery supports artistic development, investing in artists at critical stages of their careers. The development by DRDH has extended the current building, offering a 262sqm versatile gallery space behind a new 38m long Danish brick façade that offers the gallery a major new public face to the city.
Alongside a new education and events space, a bookshop and community run café, this will allow the Site Gallery to become a significant hub of Sheffield’s creative economy, with new office spaces available for rent to creative industries on the upper floors.
The inaugural exhibition Liquid Crystal Display (29 Sept 2018 – 27 Jan 2019) curated and conceived by former Artistic Director Laura Sillars with Curator Angelica Sule, proposes that we are living in a world of images supported and circulated by crystal mineral technologies.
Site Gallery will reopen its doors with an opening festival weekend, showcasing and celebrating art and artists, spotlighting the new gallery spaces, encouraging participation and community spirit. Activity will include an opening celebration, with an alternative ceremonial performance by multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie, on Friday 28 September.
On Saturday 29 September, the square across from Site Gallery will be transformed into a new civic space for the city in collaboration with Wayward. Sheffield artists including Alex McLean, Eelyn Lee, Ashley Holmes and Rian Treanor will work alongside the Society of Explorers art collective of 14 – 19 year olds, to programme performative, playful and interactive work inside the gallery walls.
On Sunday, a morning of magic, technology and performance will close the weekend’s festivities. Site Gallery’s development has been funded by Arts Council England, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Region, Infrastructure Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Sheffield Town Trust, JG Graves Foundation, Freshgate Foundation, Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust.