With Together in the City we’ve been working with groups across the city on an array of creative projects across in and around Sheffield.
The projects have been progressing over the last few months, with each developing different art forms, concluding with an on-stage sharing and celebration event on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April in the Crucible. The celebration event will be drop-in and free to attend.
Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Taking over the Crucible foyer will be photography exhibitions, art installations, community tapestries, creative workshops, video projections and social sculptures - plus Café Crucible will be open for food and refreshments. On Tuesday, take a look at a short film documenting the journey to Together in the City. On Wednesday, listen out for a live band.
Tuesday 5 April - 11am-6pm
|11.30am - 12pm||Showtime! with MASKK presents 'Out of this World'||This year's Showtime talent competition is themed ‘Out of this World!’ and theatre manager, Hortense, has demanded the contestants be cosmic and the stage intergalactic. But with the clumsy team slacking off and the talent having tantrums it’s looking more like ‘Lost the plot!’ than ‘Lost in Space’. The clock is ticking, pressure is building, the audience is coming, but will they get the show ready on time?|
|2pm - 2.30pm||Stand & Be Counted Theatre presents 'Together'||“Together we are strong, together we are brave, together we make noise." Children from across the globe have a plan to make the world a better place and it definitely involves dancing and computer games. Come and join our adventure manifesto!|
|3.30pm - 4pm||Pinders Dance Productions presents 'Anything is Possible'||A combination of dance routines performed by young people, exploring the theme of believing in yourself. Through the use of movement and the style of commercial dance, we understand that no matter who you are or where you come from, anything is possible if you put your mind to it. With the use of upbeat music and a lot of energy and passion, this is a show not to be missed!|
|4.30pm - 5pm||Shadow-Play||Shadow-Play is a film which uses light and shade to explore myths and stories which have created by children at the Adventure Playgrounds in Highfield and Pitsmoor.|
|5pm - 5.30pm||Heeley Film Club presents 'Our Heeley'||Young people teamed up with film maker Paris North to create a short film about their neighbourhood and the newly formed Youth Club. The group had a great time learning all aspects of documentary style film making, through hands-on direction, camera work and interviewing skills.|
Wednesday 6 April - 1.30pm-10pm
|2pm - 2.40pm||Side by Side present 'Awakening'||An exploration of how Spring and new beginnings affect humans and birds. Perhaps there are more similarities between us and our feathered friends than we realise...|
|4.30pm - 4.45pm||Element Society and Forced Entertainment presents 'Our Futures'||Our Futures explores the lives of teenagers as they imagine what lies ahead in a world that can seem ordinary, bizarre, frightening and magical.|
|6pm - 6.20pm||The Arbourthorne Arts Women’s group presents 'Everyone’s Centre'||The story of a knitty, gritty, nothing pretty street party in Arbourthorne. A play about community, coming together, and having a laugh.|
|8.30pm - 9.30pm||ark sheffield||Join us for a special event at The Crucible and take part in a city-wide conversation about the climate crisis.|
Working with us: The projects taking part in Together in the City
At the Arbourthorne Centre, work is being undertaken to restore the centre’s stage: Mindful Arts and Crafts group are working to restore and embellish the stage curtains, whilst the The Arbourthorne Arts Women’s group are running a creative course to direct and produce a short play to stage on the re-opening of the Arbourthorne Centre.
At DINA Arts Venue, Reach Up Youth, a group of 15-20 year olds, who are interested in the performing arts and music industry, are developing a series of workshops, to be a part of DINA’s RISE UP Festival.
Stand & Be Counted Theatre are working with a group of 45 Syrian and Afghan families via weekly, creative, people-led sessions at The Montgomery Theatre, which focuses on co-creating live performance and celebrating the power of communities that come together.
The flood is coming. For some, it has happened. For others, it is happening now… How will you respond? How will we create our ark? What will you take with you? What will we leave behind? ark sheffieldis inviting people from across the city to join a conversation about climate change. Working with not-for-profit organisations (Blend Kitchen, Foodhall, Heeley City Farm, SADACCA, and Open Kitchen) and interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE, ark explores our fears, and frustrations, as well as tactics, and strategies to find better ways to live together. The conversation will grow throughout March, culminating in a large-scale event at The Crucible. ark sheffield has been Initiated by Sheffield Hallam University Lecturers Dr Julia Udall (Natural and Built Environment) and Dr Tom Payne (Humanities) with Dr Alex De Little (Goldsmith’s Centre for Sound Practice Research). ark sheffield is supported by Sheffield Theatres, with additional funding support from UK Research and Innovation and Sheffield Hallam University.
At the Terry Wright Hall in Gleadless, eight creative drop-in sessions are running, with the aim to showcase at the Crucible.
Heeley Youth Group are taking part in a Young Creatives podcast-making workshop at Heeley Institute with Hybrid Studios called Storybomb, and a weekly film club to create a film to be shared at Heeley People's Park and at the Crucible.
There are Community Training Opportunities for five community members to engage in projects in their local areas. We're working with two assistants at Manor Top, one in Pitsmoor, one in Highfield and one in Upperthorpe to deliver this creative work.
At the Spires Centre in Manor Top, a Men’s Photography Project meets weekly to explore themes of home, identity and space. The project will culminate in a photography book and exhibition.
In Sharrow, Shipshape are also running a Men’s Group Photography Project, exploring the heritage and invaluable contributions that different cultures have made to the working landscape of Sheffield from the 1960s onwards, particularly in the city’s steelworks. They re-visit factories, explore stories, identity and heritage through spoken word and photography to end in a portrait exhibition.
At Temple Park Centre in Manor, two more projects: Pinders Dance School work with three dance groups, varying in age from 4-15. Showtime! with MASKK sees groups of 15 young people, working on developing a range of performing skills. All of the young people will receive their Arts Award certificates for taking part.
Shadow Play runs at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and Highfield Adventure Playground. Groups develop narrative, characters and shadow puppetry to create their own show and share with the other groups via live performance or video, and finally at the Crucible.
Side by Side is a theatre company for all, including people with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, from age 8-80. At Sharrow Community Forum, performances are made from stories and/or experiences from the group to develop a new project over a 12 session period around the title 'Awakening', with the intention of bringing a new hope for the new year.
Textiles Together runs at Shipshape, The Furnival and Abbeyfield House in Burngreave. Community groups will design and create a textile display about growth, spring, new beginnings and home. This project takes elements from the former Little Amal workshop in Tudor Square back in October 2021; groups will re-purpose fabric panels children decorated during Little Amal’s visit to create a patchwork with embroidery, beading and fabric printing. Members of the group are encouraged to draw on their heritage by bringing in their own fabrics. The display will be exhibited and hung in the Crucible foyer.
Tales From The Playground and the Zest Centre in Upperthorpe are hosting a creative writing youth' group to develop and deliver workshops and public installations, co-created by young people and installed in their local community. These pieces will respond to local landscapes and local people’s creative ideas.