Nicola Ellis | 2015 | oil pipes, mild steel weld | 154cm 72cm x 5cm | image: Stephen Iles Photography

Nicola Ellis: Steel Experiences, Bloc Projects, Sheffield

Bloc Projects (Sheffield) and Mark Devereux Projects (Manchester) are delighted to invite individuals, artists, groups and companies who are in some way connected to the steel industry in Sheffield to Steel Experiences, a special event at Bloc Projects on Saturday 20 June (3pm) part of this year’s Sheffield Design Week and Connected Communities Festival.

Prior to the launch of artist Nicola Ellis’ touring solo exhibition, More room for error at Bloc Projects (28 August – 12 September), we would like to invite you to share your experiences and reflections on working in the steel industry in Sheffield. You may have first hand experience of working within the industry or your partner, friends or family may have been involved. Maybe you know someone who was a welder, a cutlery maker or worked in the steel mills? We want to hear your stories…

Artist Nicola Ellis is currently developing techniques within welding and steel fabrication, to create a series of new art works for her forthcoming exhibition at Bloc Projects. Interested in the culture surrounding the steel industry, welding and bespoke production, she aims to encourage discussion between those who are central to, or on the periphery of this culture, past or present. This will enable Ellis to learn from your individual experiences whilst uncovering common ground between visitors at the event.

Sheffield is a place brimming with manufacturing, so if you are not involved in the steel industry but have connections to industrial or bespoke manufacturing, we would like to meet you too. The results of the conversations on Saturday 20 June will be compiled and used to inspire the work Ellis makes for her forthcoming exhibition.

The event is free to attend. For further information and to RSVP please email Mark at info@markdevereuxprojects.com.

Further information


More room for error is a touring exhibition of new works by artist Nicola Ellis examining the physical join between objects and the space they inhabit. Commissioned and curated by Mark Devereux Projects, the project will visit Arcadecardiff (Cardiff), &Model (Leeds) and Bloc Projects (Sheffield) in 2015. More room for error looks at the purity and constructs of what is so often intentionally hidden. Exposing the weld or stitch between materials and intentionally highlighting the imperfections of this process, raises underlying tension and questioning over the object’s place within space. For further information visit: markdevereuxprojects.com/projects/moreroomforerror

Sheffield Design Week is a citywide celebration of design in all its forms. The Future Works strand of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Stories of Change project, based at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, aims to uncover stories about the relationship between energy, industry and landscape in the English Midlands. One Great Workshop will focus on the stories of Sheffield and include an exhibition, talks, walks, workshops and activities linking visual art and design with a focus on energy and making. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Connected Communities Programme aims to build powerful collaborations between researchers and communities to generate distinctive research insights on the changing role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life and to produce legacies of value for both future research and for communities. The Programme is led by the AHRC in partnership with other Research Councils and a range of other organisations.

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