Studio in Residence


Studio lead: Carolyn Butterworth

Studio Collaborators

  • Sheffield Climate Alliance
  • Ruth Nutter
  • Eleanor Brough, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • Guy Moulson, Seven Architecture
  • Chris Wilderspin, CWA
  • Scot Fletcher, Handspring Design
  • Jess Trickett, Paul Testa Architects
  • Prof. Renata Tyszczuk, SSoA
  • Tom Moore, SSoA
  • Prof. John Moreland, Dept. of Archaeology, UoS
  • Aalfy
  • Greentop Circus
  • The Moor Management Team
  • Studio Sacred Landscapes

What we dream of is already in the world

Rebecca Solnit

Hope in the Darkness

Sheffield is a city that loves to tell stories of itself: ‘The Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire’, ‘Music City’, ‘DIY City’, ‘City on the Move’, ‘City of Makers’ and, of course, ‘Steel City’. Sometimes utopian dreams, sometimes marketing messages, often a bit of both, these stories are mythologies that can bring citizens together with a sense of purpose and identity. This year Studio in Residence worked with local people to co-create a new collective story of Sheffield as it moves away from its carbon-centred past and faces the challenges of the climate emergency.

Studio in Residence explores how interdisciplinary architecture/arts practice can open up new ways of producing space in the city, in collaboration with creative practitioners and local communities. This year we collaborated with Sheffield Climate Alliance who, with their 35 community partner organisations, are working on a National Lottery funded project to develop and test proposals for a new Climate Action Centre - to start “creating and telling a new low-carbon story of Sheffield City Region”.

Drawing on the radical history of Sheffield and more contemporary campaigns for equality and systemic change, the studio’s work embodies an ethos of climate justice and explores how our city can respond to the climate emergency through care, creativity and hope. The projects range from temporary to permanent, grass-roots to civic and offer facilities for inclusive arts, life-long education, story-telling, care services, local economies, food production, protest and citizens’ assembly. Together these 11 speculative projects form a collective studio vision for a distributed network of Climate Action Centres across Sheffield city centre, all focussed on creating new knowledge and mobilising action towards a zero-carbon future.

Our collaboration with Sheffield Climate Alliance continues through the South Yorkshire Climate Action Centre Live Project and into next year as the story of Sheffield as a ‘Climate City’ unfolds.

Four students laughing while sat at a bench, outside the Students' Union

International scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students, including undergraduate and postgraduate taught scholarships towards the annual tuition fee. Applications are open for existing offer holders.