Sheffield Images

The last two year have been challenging in many ways – and in particular during lockdowns when we were unable to visits galleries and museums.  Especially challenging for those of us who love art...


But we adapted!   


Of course there are books we can go back to, time and time again. I am lucky to have a copy of “Public Sculpture of Sheffield and South Yorkshire”, White and Norman 2015, part of the “Public Sculpture of Britain” series published by Liverpool University Press.

Image:  V. Seddon

It contains photos (sadly only black and white) of the sculptures, and details of positioning, creators and history.  Quite a few I already knew about in my familiar locations (e.g. the bear in the Botanical Gardens), but also quite a few even there that I didn’t.  And of course lots in other places I am less familiar with. An incentive to visit those places!

 

                                                    Image: V. Seddon

But if lockdowns have done anything, they have certainly motivated us to try more things via the internet:  for me Zoom, WhatsApp, websites.  One of the first websites I had a go at was “Picture Sheffield”. I had known about it, but not really explored it, or discovered the range and variety of images available there.  Not so much works of art (though some of them are), but as photos of Sheffield places and people and things: 

https://www.picturesheffield.com 

 
 “Popular Themes” is a good link there: https://www.picturesheffield.com/themes.php   And there is also a link that explains how you can donate your own images to the collection.


This is a Sheffield City Council website, part of the city’s archive  https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries-archives/access-archives-local-studies-library


Interesting  of course. But if you want to concentrate on works of art, where do you go?

 

Sheffield Museums is here:  https://www.sheffieldmuseums.org.uk    They are currently re-setting their website, so whilst the links to the museums and galleries are there, lots of stuff (e.g. collections) is not currently available.

 

I remembered that Sheffield Hallam University website had some images, set up by David Hall:  https://public-art.shu.ac.uk/sheffield/index.html This lists around 250 edifices/art works/ public sculptures, creators, their venues, and other details. This was last updated in 2006 (apart from one update in 2012), so a historic record, not a contemporary one.


Lots of interesting things there, including references to works that have disappeared.

 

Then I heard about Dave Surridge, who also used to be a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam, with an interest in Street Art and found this info about him, from 2013: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/chasing-artists-who-bring-life-city-walls-1869374


So I followed this up and, putting his name into the search engine I use,  came up with this:  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Dave+Surridge+Sheffield+Art+&t=h_&iax=images&ia=images


Well, lots of local street art images there, and with details attached. But not clear what Dave’s role in that collection is. But plenty to enjoy! If you skirt around a little there, you will find the image of Harry Brearley on Howard Street, before it was painted over after being vandalised in 2019:

                 Image: V. Seddon

Image:  V. Seddon

As might be expected in a University which includes Departments of Art and Design, and of Media Art and Communication, there are webpages of their collections: lots to view here! Will keep you busy for a few hours!


A starting point perhaps: https://gallery.shu.ac.uk


That includes images of their 2022 Degree show “Equinox”: https://gallery.shu.ac.uk/discipline/fineart/


And this: Sheffield Shimmer: https://luna.shu.ac.uk/luna/servlet/SHU~3~3

 

A page I recently discovered is Alex Handley’s “Abandoned Sheffield” : https://abandonedsheffield.co.uk  It takes a little while to down load (or did on my machine), but is worth the wait.


It came to my attention because a book of images has now been produced, by Matt (under the authorship of “Lost Places & Forgotten Faces”), who says:  “In this book, I document 30 of the Steel City’s most derelict, disused, desolate, dilapidated, decaying & forgotten places”


It is available from “Sheffield Books”   https://sheffieldbooks.co.uk/product/abandoned-sheffield/   £19.99

 

Image V. Seddon

And when I then searched the web for “Abandoned Sheffield”,  Handley’s website came up. Are they connected?  Who knows?

 

But if you are into Street Art, then the incomparable site of Andy Carter is a must: “Street Art Sheffield – Graffiti, Street At and Wall Murals from across Sheffield”:      https://streetartsheffield.com

   
Now that is a real pearl of a collection! Contemporary, illuminating, well organised. Highly recommended!

 

Currently, Sheffield Visual Arts Group is working with Wessex Archaeology on a project: “Sheffield Public Artwork”, with volunteers recording  “Sheffield artworks and their condition by filling in a survey on public artwork in their local area. In doing so, they are making a unique contribution to their city’s heritage to support the creation of a public artwork map which will be available on this website and that of our project partners. It is hoped that the resource will in turn encourage future generations to preserve Sheffield’s valuable public art”   See here:  

                                                                                                        https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/news/mapping-sheffields-vibrant-past-volunteer-inductions-underway-sheffield-public-artwork


We are delighted to be working with Wessex Archeology on this, and thus to be playing a small part in making and keeping images of public art widely available.

 

So lots of images of Sheffield and its doings and things.   Hope you enjoy exploring the links!


 

Vicky Seddon 

August 2022

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