bloc projects

  • Ben Jeans Houghton, 2ndlife, 2018
  • Lucy Vann, Test Bed #1, 2017
  • Joey Holder, Adcredo: The Deep Belief Network, 2018
  • Showdown, 2015
  • Rowena Harris, Joanne Masding, Fay Nicolson & Francesco Pedraglio, The Place of the scene, 2015
  • Duncan Higgins, Open Residency, 2017
  • From the box File: Uncovering the archive, 2017
  • STCFTHOTS presents - Ian Jackson, The quickest way to the horizon is also the most perilous, 2016
  • Ben Judd, It Grows Like a Strange Flower, 2017


Established in 2002, Bloc Projects is a contemporary arts organisation in the centre of Sheffield.

Our aim is to further the development of contemporary art in the city of Sheffield for the benefit of artists and the public. We aim to work closely with artists at key stages in their careers to commission new work, support artist’s professional development as well as work with regional partners to bring artist’s work to the attention of a broader public. Through rigorous evaluation, we aim to foster an inclusive environment that has input from local voices and focuses on eliciting locally informed but nationally relevant conversations around contemporary art. We aim to maintain an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, with a focus on developing meaningful arts engagement and participatory learning.

Bloc Projects has a reputation for presenting high quality contemporary visual art across a broad disciplinary and contextual spectrum and supporting artists at crucial points in their careers, enabling career progression and sustainability for artists. Bloc Projects acts as a hub for the professional development of promising early career artists, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration, and supporting the local and regional cultural ecology. By working on strategic partnership projects, such as those with universities and festivals, we increase the scope of what we are able to offer artists in terms of research resources, specialist knowledge, space and facilities, and access to communities of interest.

We also provide a supportive resource and opportunities programme through our membership scheme.


Throughout its history Bloc Projects has supported artists and artist groups from across the UK and Europe working in a wide range of media, delivered partnerships projects with organisations such as Arts and Humanities Research Council, Castlefield Gallery, Compass Live Art, Eastside Projects’ Extra Special People, Sheffield Design Week, Sensoria Festival, Sheffield Fringe and Stories of Change.

Bloc Projects has been a long term member of the Art Sheffield Consortium, helping to promote visual arts in Sheffield and co-delivering the Art Sheffield festival.



  • David McLeavy


Public Programme Curator

  • Kerry Campbell


Marketing & Operations Assistant (as part of SHU Paid Internship Scheme)

  • Brendon Blacksmith-Ndahwi


Board of Directors

  • Rose Butler
  • Matthew Cheeseman
  • Jeanine Griffin (Chair)
  • Victoria Lucas
  • Mir Jansen


  • Jonathan Burrows
  • Honor Gavin

Fine Art Bridge Scheme (FABS) residents

  • Alex Mooney
  • Hannah Lamb


  • Lily Abram
  • Charly Calpin

Bloc Studios

The gallery is based at Bloc Studios, which was established in 1996 and is home to a mix of creative practitioners including visual artists, crafts people, printmakers, photographers, jewellers and collectives.

While Bloc Projects was originally founded by staff and members of Bloc Studios, the gallery operates independently of the studios financially and legally. Find all information relating to the studios’ history, artists and vacancies at the Bloc Studios website.

Opening Hours

Wed – Sat | 12 – 6 (during exhibitions and events)

PLEASE NOTE: Bloc Projects does not accept unsolicited proposals

Please get in touch if you would like a copy of our programming policy.