bloc projects


An Open Ground

09 September – 21 September 2017

Opening fete event Saturday 09 September, 12 – 8pm (as part of Heritage Open Days)

Bloc Projects is delighted to announce that it has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project which explores, maps and celebrates the heritage of the area around Bloc Projects.

An Open Ground has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to work on putting together a project that brings together occupants of the Arundel Street Lower Porter area of Sheffield city centre, school and university students and the general public in exploring, recording, mapping and sharing the area’s architectural, industrial, cultural and community heritage.

As part of this unique project Bloc Projects have commissioned a new film to be produced by Sheffield based artist Peter Martin that explores the particular changes occurring across this transient area of the city. By using local occupants as starting points, Martin’s film will further investigate the nature of the site through a method of collaging video, collected audio and narratives provided by local residents.

A photography workshop lead by Joanne Coates will take place prior to the opening of the exhibition that looks at using the lens as a way of connecting and documenting our surroundings. The photographs produced by the group will be on display in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

On Saturday 9th September, and to coincide with Heritage Open Days, Bloc Projects will also play host to a fete in the gallery’s courtyard to mark the opening of the exhibition. The event will include local food by Tonco, music, local artist’s work and guided tours of the area by Sheffield historian Ron Clayton.

Tours are free and booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Book here!

A new Bloc Billboard commission will be undertaken by Sheffield based design group Dust. In addition to designing the new billboard, Dust will also be building a website that will host all of the information, including images and videos from the exhibition and events. This will act as a long standing resource for anyone who would like to engage with the project following the end of the exhibition.



Peter Martin (born. 1986, Liverpool) lives and works in Sheffield. Recent exhibitions include: Self Service, Biggins Brothers, Sheffield (2016) (solo); So, What do you do exactly?, Slam Projects, London (2016); The Listening Booth 2, Online (2016); Reciprocal Relations, Bloc Projects (2016); One Minute, Volume 8, ASC, Liverpool (2016); One Minute, Volume 8, Berlin (2016); I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2015). Projects include: Visions Of The Future, Sheffield (2016); The Inventory, Abandon Normal Devices, Manchester (2012) and The Kinetic Trader, Headingly, Sheffield, Barnsley (2012)