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the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • j—l

the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • j—l

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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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Julie Bart
Craft Lab

— 2015 —

It was my first year in Sheffield, so lots of first times and great memories. If I had to choose I would say a fish ‘n’ chips from New Cod On The Block shared with friends in Ponderosa Park on a summer night.

— 2016 —

More Peddler night markets in Neepsend, they are running one a month from March, such good news! The opening of an independent magazine and book shop in Sheffield city centre, a collaboration between La Biblioteka and Handpicked Books. And a good blues night at CADS in July as part of the Tramlines festival.

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Kim Streets
Chief Executive, Museums Sheffield

— 2015 —

My favourite memory of 2015 is of Joe Scarborough’s Sheffield Through The Ages going on display at Weston Park museum. This epic nine-and-a-half metre work is a visual walk-through the city through time, and although it proved a massive challenge to install for our technical team and for Hague Plant who generously supported the manoeuvre, it’s a wonderful addition to Sheffield’s collections. The installation of Joe’s painting also signalled the start of our HLF funded redevelopment work at Weston Park which is really exciting.

— 2016 —

I’m looking forward to our Made in Sheffield exhibition, part of the city-wide Year of Making. The exhibition will feature the very best of Sheffield’s design and production; from the masters of industrial engineering and advanced manufacturing to the individuals working across the city to create objects that are coveted internationally. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase Sheffield as a city of makers, and shout loudly about our international reputation for excellence and innovation.

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Laura IH Bennett
Community Engagement & Programme Manager, Tech North

— 2015 —

I went along to both of the Handlebards performances when they came to Sheffield in July. Totally madcap interpretation of Hamlet and a Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, the latter of which was staged in the amphitheatre above Sheffield train station. It was a gorgeous summer’s evening, with views over Sheffield, a laugh-out-loud show, and a picnic. Perfect! My other favourite memory is when I volunteered at Sheffield Soup #02 in September. I saw Pennie Raven present her idea of organising Sheffield Soup back in May, and was super impressed by how quickly she got it up and running, launching just two months after that initial presentation. The fourth Sheffield Soup was in February, and as ever, I really enjoyed going along to see four inspirational people pitch for funding for their community-led and socially-focused ideas.

— 2016 —

I can’t wait to see more from Girl Gang Sheffield. I went along to their screening of nineties film The Craft in November at Theatre Delicatessen on the Moor, and they had created an entirely immersive experience with live performances, artwork, stalls and workshops, all created by female entrepreneurs. I love any initiative that brings people together, and the fact that they managed to do this in such a friendly, positive, and creative way is really inspirational. They’re the kind of girls you want to hang out with, you know?

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Lauren Wright
The Hepworth Wakefield

— 2016 —

Having just joined the Hepworth Wakefield as Director of Programme, I’m new to the area, so I’m looking forward to discovering everything that’s happening, particularly with younger artists and collectives that are making interesting things happen. At the Hepworth Wakefield, I’m excited about the Print Fair that we have coming up in March, which will be a great chance to see (and buy!) work by artists from all around the country working in print. There are a lot of really exciting Yorkshire artists participating too. Later in the year, I’m looking forward to the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture exhibition. We have a still top-secret shortlist of four amazing artists that really represent the strength of sculptural practice in the UK. They are each going to be presenting work at the Hepworth Wakefield in the autumn and we will announce the winner of the £30,000 prize in November. This is such a thrilling new initiative – I feel lucky to have arrived just in time!

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Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 05


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