Renowned muralist launches new exhibition with help from University of Sheffield

  • Acclaimed artist Phlegm launches new exhibition with the support of the University of Sheffield
  • Mausoleum of Giants sees spectacular, immersive sculptural installation unveiled in abandoned factory in Sheffield
  • Massive sculptures occupy halls, corridors and rooms of abandoned building
  • Exhibition commissioned by Sheffield’s Cultural Consortium as part of a Cultural Destination programme – which has seen the Consortium work with artists from or based in Sheffield who have significant international reputations and recognition.

An acclaimed Sheffield-based artist who has earned worldwide recognition for painting murals on carefully selected public and abandoned structures has launched a new exhibition with the support of the University of Sheffield, as one of the key delivery partners in Sheffield’s Cultural Consortium’s Cultural Destination programme.

The exhibition, Mausoleum of Giants, is a spectacular, immersive sculptural installation by the renowned muralist Phlegm. After launching last weekend, the exhibition has already attracted thousands of visitors from across the world.

With massive sculptures that occupy halls, corridors and rooms of an abandoned factory, the exhibition is an extension of Phlegm’s ongoing efforts to intertwine his surreal and highly imaginative work with existing deteriorating structures.

Five years after his solo showcase, The Bestiary, in the Shoreditch area of London, the artist has launched his latest exhibition in Sheffield after being commissioned by the city’s Cultural Destination programme.

Managed by the University of Sheffield and Marketing Sheffield after being awarded funding by the Arts Council, the Cultural Destination programme is bidding to drive tourists to Sheffield by showcasing the city as a destination for regional, national and international cultural consumers.

The University manages the Cultural Destination programme on behalf of Sheffield’s Culture Consortium – a collaboration between Sheffield City Council’s Marketing Sheffield, the University of Sheffield and the culture website Our Favourite Places that is bringing together cultural partners from across the city to strengthen Sheffield’s cultural offer to visitors.

Phlegm’s exhibition is the third exhibition to be commissioned in the city by the programme using the funding from the Arts Council.

A sculpture from the exhibition

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Culture at the University of Sheffield, who is also co-delivering the city’s Cultural Destination programme, said: “When people who haven’t visited the city think of Sheffield they may think about its rich industrial heritage, the steel industry and or even its role in film and television, but Sheffield has much more than this to offer visitors.

“Sheffield is a place of vibrant, diverse arts and culture and it’s this vibrancy that makes its cultural scene unique from what you can find in other cities across the UK. Once people experience the city’s cultural offering they often fall in love with it and keep coming back for more.

“At the launch of Phlegm’s exhibition at the weekend, we had nearly 2,000 visitors experience the installation. So far, it has had visitors from New York, Sweden, Amsterdam, and Berlin as well as cities from across the UK such as Manchester, London, Bournemouth and Leeds – the impact has been fantastic already.”

She added: “The city’s vibrancy is not only attracting visitors but it keeps the city as a means of continuing to attract students and retain staff. Sheffield will continue to be vibrant, unique and a great place to live and study – demonstrating this artistic talent is one of the many ways that the University is contributing to the city.”

A sculpture from the exhibition

Wendy Ulyett, Tourism Manager for Marketing Sheffield, added: “I’m extremely excited to see the spectacular Giants. Having the works of such a great artist, on such a grand scale in Sheffield is a real coup. Testament to the collaboration between the University of Sheffield, Marketing Sheffield and the Culture Consortium. New, immersive experiences are what set destinations apart, and we’ve set the benchmark enormously high on this one. Sheffield has a wonderfully diverse cultural offer and experiences such as the Mausoleum of the Giants highlight all that is great about the city.”

The Mausoleum of the Giants is being held at the Eye Witness Works, Milton Street, Sheffield, from Wednesday 20 March 2019 until Saturday 6 April 2019.

For more information on the venue and entry details, visit: The Mausoleum of the Giants website

For more details on Sheffield’s Cultural Destination programme, visit:

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