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Studio tutor: Carolyn Butterworth 




“And history is not the past…It’s what’s left in the sieve when the centuries have run through it — a few stones, scraps of writing, scraps of cloth. It’s no more ‘the past’ than a birth certificate is a birth, or a script is a performance, or a map is a journey.”         Hilary Mantel, Reith Lectures, 2017

This year Studio in Residence will work in Castlegate - Sheffield’s original city centre and once home to markets, steelworks, theatres, slaughterhouses, and one of the largest castles in mediaeval England. At the heart of Castlegate is a large demolition site scattered with the crushed remnants of the 1950s Castle Markets. 

Below these fragments of concrete, tile, terrazzo, glass and formica lies 7m of deposits that read, layer by layer, as a cross-section of the story of Sheffield - the rise and fall of the Castle; the shift from agrarian to industrial production, first driven by water, then by coal; the 19th century densification of the city; the optimism of 20th century modernism. 

Yet, missing from this record are the complex stories of diverse communities trading, socialising, working, protesting, playing and shopping together - against a backdrop of social upheaval, industrial revolution, migrancy, empire and environmental depletion.

Castlegate is changing again, a new chapter is being written - according to the masterplan a new public space will soon be created, revealing the Castle remains, opening up the river, welcoming community use and hosting cultural events. And then, new buildings will be developed and existing buildings will be repurposed, their functions yet unknown. 

And yet, if history is not the past, this masterplan is not the future. We will work collectively to tell richer stories of Castlegate’s past, present and future - raising hidden voices, valorising everyday lived experiences and creating new social and environmental imaginaries. 

For the last two years Live Works has been facilitating a co-production process with Sheffield City Council, community groups, independent businesses and arts organisations to build local capacity and raise aspirations towards an inclusive, vibrant and sustainable future for Castlegate. 

This year the Studio will work ‘in-residence’ with these stakeholders to develop speculative design proposals that will inform this process directly. We will use this ‘live’ context to stand against gentrification and be active campaigners for zero-carbon design, regenerative landscapes, collective governance and a decolonial approach to art, architecture and heritage. 

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

International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.