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Details of current Arts Enterprise projects are listed below.

Sheffield Public Libraries: Now and Then

Contact: Anna Barton (English)

Sheffield Public Libraries: Now and Then aims to explore the origins of the free library network in Sheffield and to consider the use and value of these public spaces both at their inception and today.
It will investigate historical records from Sheffield’s libraries, including visitor’s books and collect text and footage from present day library users to produce a multi-media online visitor’s book and walking tour of the city’s libraries.

External partners:

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Writing along Route 57: the 2014 collection

Contact: Adam Piette (English)

Edited creative writing collections, building on its current online presence, to draw together themed creative work from staff, students (all levels), alumni and local writers and to give students experience of producing a professional publication.

External partners:

  • Mass Observation (Ben McLaughlin)

Website: Route 57

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Stories of Activism: Opening up the Archive

Contact: Adrian Bingham (History)

Building on previous work collecting oral histories from Sheffield activists, this project seeks to catalogue and use the material in creative ways. It includes organising the archive and creating web resources to enable people to use it and a creative strand working with communities and local artists to bring the archives to life.

External partners:

Website: Stories of Activism

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Reformation Debates: music under the microscope

Contact: Tim Shephard (Music), Stewart Campbell (Music)

This project will take the form of an interactive performance given by the Marian Consort, a leading young vocal ensemble specialising in Renaissance music, in collaboration with me, Stewart Campbell and students. It will be in the style of a Renaissance ‘music lab’ of the type established by Pope Pius IV when he assembled a commission of cardinals to investigate the suitability of contemporary music for use in the church. The audience will take the role of the cardinals, supported by student to facilitate discussion.

External partners:

  • The Marian Consort

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Sheaf Prospect: Soundscaping Furnace Park

Contact: Amanda Crawley Jackson, Languages and Cultures (French)

Creating a soundscape for Furnace Park, a performance space developed from waste ground in Shalesmoor. Using a soundbank developed for the project and spoken word contributions from members of the public, the project will produce an onsite sound installation, a performance and a digital album to enhance the space that is Furnace Park.

External partners:

Website: Furnace Park

Twitter: #furnacepark

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Opening up the Archive: Cheap Print and Public Discourse 1540-1789

Contact: Cathy Shrank (English)

The project will enable school pupils from across the city to develop their understanding of the use and history of communication technology through three day-long, interactive workshops. Participants will investigate cheap popular print in the University’s Special Collections In response to the collection, participants will create pamphlets / zines in workshops facilitated by Edge of the Universe press. These will be exhibited as part of an exhibition of pamphlets, broadsides and newspapers, with an associated events programme.

External partners:

  • Edge of the Universe printing press

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Eastern Europe Off the Shelf

Contact: Evgeny Dobrenko, Languages and Cultures, (Russian and Slavonic), Natalia Skrado, Languages (Russian and Slavonic)

Promoting little known eastern European literature with a partnership with Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival, this project will bring writers from eastern Europe to speak about their work in Sheffield.

External partners:

  • Off the Shelf festival
  • Polish Cultural Institute (London)
  • Goethe Institute (London)
  • Czech Centre (London)

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Gothic Tours

Contact: Andrew Smith (English)

A one day series of public lectures on gothic authors and places that have featured in their writing. This will lead to the development of a Gothic Tourist trail in Yorkshire.

External partners:

  • Durham University
  • Lancaster University 
  • Newcastle University 
  • York University 
  • Hardwick Hall
  • Haddon Hall
  • Fountains Abbey
  • Whitby Public Library

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Strings and Piano Weekend Symposium

Contact: Mary Dullea (Music)

A weekend of activities which brings together researchers in the Music Department, invited speakers, renowned chamber music ensemble (The Fidelio Trio), student performers and composers from Sheffield and beyond and amateur performers from the Sheffield area, to participate in and develop music performance skills, the creation of new work and engage with an audience range from students through to retired adults.

External partners:

  • The Piano Trio Society
  • 4strings88keys
  • European Piano Teachers Association
  • The Music Academy, Sheffield
  • The Fidelio Trio

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No wood, no kingdom: Chatsworth Woodland History Experience

Contact: Felicity Stout (History)

No wood, no kingdom’ is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research and education project in partnership with the Chatsworth Archives, the Education Team and the Domains Teams at Chatsworth House. It uses archival, archaeological and geographical material to explore and understand more about how Chatsworth’s woodlands were used and mapped in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The aim of the project is to use the material found in the archives at Chatsworth to collaborate with the Education Team to produce an outdoor woodland education package to be delivered to local schools.

External partners:

  • Chatsworth House Education team and Archives

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The Devious Dictionary

Contact: Jane Hodson (English)

Workshops led by a creative practitioner will explore language, language talismans and localisms to sculpt new magical words for The Devious Dictionary, a dictionary of things that there aren’t any words for yet, researching words with invented meanings and creating new stories/folk tales for their use. The stories will be edited into an online collection of short stories and some selected for the creation of a script and performance to be filmed.

External partners:

  • Grimm & Co.

Website: Ministry of Stories

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Where Have You Come From? Where Are You Going? Involuntary Migration, Art, and the Bible

Contact: Casey Strine (Sheffield Institute of Biblical Studies)

This project seeks to combine the power of sustained cross-cultural dialogue, the visual arts, and the imagery of sacred texts in order both to raise awareness of the challenges asylum seekers in the UK face and also to foster a dialogue about what it means for UK residents to show these migrants hospitality. To do so, a ceramic artist, an academic, and a small group of involuntary migrants will collaborate through a series of workshops that combine practices from contextual exegesis and art therapy in order to produce a series of ceramic vessels that explore, in particular, various interpretations of the intersections between biblical themes and the lived experience of involuntary migration.

External partners:

  • Emilie Taylor (ceramic artist and art therapist)
  • Chris Wood (Clinical Supervisor, Art Therapy Northern Programme, Sheffield NHS)
  • Groups of involuntary migrants living in Sheffield

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White Coal

Contacts: Bob Johnston (Archaeology)

A project to bring to life research into ‘white coal’ – kiln dried wood used in lead smelting. It will devise a creative audio tour of Ecclesall Woods to sit alongside a geocache trail enabling people to unearth stories of white coal. Material for these activities will be drawn from workshops for young people and families to collect stories and devise creative responses.

External partners:

  • Growtheatre CIC
  • Woodland Discovery Centre (Sheffield City Council)

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Viewing Palestine: Perspectives on the Culture, History and Politics of the Middle East

Contact: Abdel Razzaq Takriti (History)

A film programme in collaboration with the Showroom Cinema to continue the successful Cinema Palestino series and develop it with offering accessible films coupled with in depth academic talks over the course of the year.

External partners:

  • Yorkshire Palestine Cultural Exchange
  • Showroom Cinema

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Language, Place and Identity: Cross-generational conversations at Manor Top

Contact: Emma Moore (English)

Working with an artist, young people from Heritage Park Youth Club and older people from Manor Over 50s group will explore language, identity and place to produce artworks for display.

External partners:

  • Manor and Castle Development Trust
  • Ignite Imaginations

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Unravelling Tinsley’s Rolls

Contact:  Charles West (History)

This civic project based in the History Department will work with local organisations and volunteers to translate, interpret and disseminate information within a collection of documents dating between 1284 and 1805. They relate to the management of the Manor of Tinsley and could tell us a great deal about life in Sheffield in the Medieval and early Modern periods

External partners:

  • Heeley City Farm

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