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the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • f—g

the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • f—g

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For our first A-Z issue in Sheffield, we asked our friends — people we’d featured in the paper — what they had enjoyed this past year, and what they were looking forward to in the next one. We then shared the questions with their friends, acquaintances and a whole bunch of people we’d never met but wanted to hear from anyway. Some of these people have always lived in Sheffield; others have travelled from far-away places to make the city their home. We’ve tried to talk to a diverse group of people from a wide range of sectors; artists, festival directors, CEOs, florists, musicians, wedding planners and picture framers have answered our questions.

The A-Z issue is compiled of hopes, dreams, memories — the ones you share as friends, colleagues and strangers in a city.  Next year, we hope to include even more.

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Felicity Hoy
Innercity Weddings & Events

— 2015 —

I’d always dreamed of styling weddings when I was younger but wasn’t sure how to get into it. I knew I wasn’t interested in traditional weddings and was always pinning photos of festival weddings on Pinterest. I then discovered how big warehouse and urban weddings are becoming in Australia, London and America. I’ve been working in the city centre for five years, setting up projects and trying to improve the vibrancy to attract more people here. I have a keen interest in interesting and underused buildings so the name Inner City Weddings and Events came naturally. Everything I do is based on trying to get local, small and independent people/businesses more opportunities and this business is no different.

My finest memory of 2015 is starting the new business and organising my best friend’s wedding with her. We started off at 99 Mary Street for a ceremony and then moved on to a warehouse for the reception. The warehouse was a shell so dressing it was so much fun. I love the look of urban city weddings, they’re so cool and fit perfectly with Sheffield’s industrial heritage. I also got to model for a workshop put on by Jon Dennis from S6 Photography. I got to prance around Kelham Island in a beautiful Kate Beaumont dress in the freezing cold!

— 2016 —

In 2016 I’m looking forward to working on some more weddings. I have two booked in so far and get enquiries all the time. The first one is at 92 Burton Road which will be really special! We only use independent and local suppliers so have an ever growing list of small businesses and can recommend people to carry out every aspect of an event or wedding. More than anything I feel like I’m doing something I’m good at and that makes me happy. It’s lovely to be involved in something that means so much to two people and to show off so many different venues in Sheffield.

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Florence Blanchard
Artist & Molecular Biologist

— 2015 —

I had an amazing time taking part in KrebsFest, an art and science festival celebrating the achievements of scientist Sir Hans Krebs. The event took place at the University Of Sheffield in November and I was invited to create a large scale painting for the occasion. The painting I produced represents an abstract interpretation of the Krebs Cycle — Sir Krebs’ most famous discovery – and is now permanently displayed in Firth Court.

— 2016 —

I’m looking forward to my next solo exhibition at B&B gallery in April. I will be spending the next month fully concentrated on generating brand new work to make it extra special.

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George Law
Illustrator

— 2015 —

I think painting the first elephant statue for the Herd of Sheffield Campaign, which will launch in the summer of 2016. It was a buzz to work on the project in secret before the reveal last October. On top of that, producing the customised heart artwork for Meadowhall’s 25th birthday was a fun experience as I got to meet some great artists and people involved in the project.

— 2016 —

Definitely the Herd of Sheffield elephant trail, it’ll be a fun summer having these colourful painted statues of Asian elephants dotted around the city for people to see. Double that up with Tramlines Festival and it’ll be a great summer!

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Gina Walters
Music in the Round/Sofar Sounds Sheffield

— 2015 —

Seeing the very first Classical Music Festival become a reality here in Sheffield. With a mix of both amateur and professional musicians (all 850 of them!), it was the first classical festival of its kind. I’m really excited to see where it goes from here! That and seeing The Abbeydale Picture House slowly come back to life.

— 2016 —

Independent businesses continuing to thrive and the creative community continuing to flourish. Oh, and keeping our trees!

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Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 5


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