SVAG Newsletter December 2016

Graves Library/Gallery 

This is obviously the big issue of these days. The shock announcement of plans for its development into a hotel, with the gallery remaining but library moved to some elsewhere (unspecified) has triggered what we would expect in a city whose citizens understand the value and importance of culture: concern, worry, outrage; but also a re-engagement with the process of determination of “what next?”  The public meetings to discuss have been booked out; the lively demonstration outside the Town Hall on 7 December and the questions that demanded answers at the City Council that same day;  the coverage in our local press. This is not an issue that the people of Sheffield are neutral on: they want to know what on earth is going on,  and how the activities in this building which encourage and facilitate their own engagement with our cultural life, can be protected

See attached SVAG’s initial response to the news of the possible development .


How to regenerate the Graves Building, which is known to be in poor shape, and and whether to continue to base the current activities in that building, have been issues for years and have so far defeated city councils of both political persuasions.  Not any easier now, given that we live in such straitened times as we have never seen before, certainly in our lifetimes.


Clearly the preferred option is to provide an integrated approach, with library and information services (including provison for children), visual arts, theatre and workshops, meeting space, digital access (and a cafe)  all under one roof and in a building that is well-maintained and fit for purpose.  It is not yet clear whether this is going to continue to be possible in the current building. Much loved as it is, it is in dire need of large amounts of TLC,  which has high costs.  But until that option has been exhausted, and the detail of possible acceptable alternative arrangements spelled out, the upsurge of public shock and horror will continue – and we will be part of those demands to see an acceptable way forward.


See Facebook Page: Sheffield Central LIbrary Action Group

What is happening elsewhere??

Download SVAG Comment at foot of page.

In yer face”  -  Street Art in Sheffield
Sheffield Visual Arts Group’s next Study Event will be on Saturday 25th March 2017 and will examine the multiplicity of images we are now seeing on our city’s walls – and the controversies around them.  A date for your diary. At the planning stage so be in touch if you have an interest/expertise to share.
And see the Star’s input from earlier this year

How will Brexit affect us?
The Creative Industries Federation has produced its “Brexit Report: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK’s arts, creative industries and cultural education – and what should be done”  As attached. Worth a read!  


Sheffield Young Artists  Promoting “Sheffield: City of Excellence for Childrens Art“   Download Flyer below.

Next Event: Exhibition of A level Artwork   Friday January 13th (10.00am - 4.00pm) & Saturday 14th (10.00am - 3.00pm) Mandela Room, Sheffield Town Hall.

This exhibition is organised by The Rotary Club of Abbeydale in conjunction with Sheffield Decorative & Fine Art Society and includes works submitted to the RBA (Royal Society of British Artists) for consideration for the 2017 National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies / RBA Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

Sheffield Visual Arts Group     Thanks for your interest.  New members welcome to join us – we usually meet once a month on Thursday mornings.  


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SVAG Comment on Graves Building
Graves building.doc
Microsoft Word document [99.5 KB]
Creative Industries Federation Report
Impact on UK's Arts, Cultural Industries and Cultural Education and what should be done
Brexit Report web 29.10.16-2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
Sheffield Young Artists A Level Exhibition
Details of Town Hall Exhibition 13th & 14th January 2017
SYA A Level 2017 A5 FRONTp2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [594.4 KB]
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