bloc projects

  • Green veg isolated, 2017 Green vegetable isolated, 2017 (image courtesy: Jamie Sorensen)
  • I don't always do this, 2017 I don't always do all of this, 2017 (image courtesy: Jamie Sorensen)
  • Spare Room Residency, install, 2017 Spare Room Residency, installation, 2017 (image courtesy: Jamie Sorensen)

Test Bed #1

  • Lucy Vann

30 September – 14 October 2017

PV Friday 29 September, 6 – 8pm

The Bloc Projects Test Bed is focused on providing artists with a publicly facing gallery space to experiment with new approaches, and techniques and to engage with audiences in new ways.

For Test Bed #1 Bloc Projects will be hosting new work by Sheffield based artist Lucy Vann.

More information coming soon…


Lucy Vann (b.1987) works in moving image, sound, performance, writing and photography. In 2012 she graduated from Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art and is currently a studio holder at S1 Artspace, Sheffield. Recent shows include Spare Room Residency, Liverpool; Stored in the Depths at Is This It, online; Life oh Life at The Royal Standard, Liverpool; Five Finger Discount at Bronze Dog, Goteberg; Ground at Turf Projects, Croydon, Keep the Dust Off, S1 Artspace, Sheffield.

Forging Culture and Industry in Sheffield’s changing centre

09 September – 23 September 2017

Opening fete event Saturday 09 September, 2 – 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.

The Heritage project 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 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.


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)

From the box file: uncovering the archive

04 August – 19 August 2017

Preview event Friday 04 August, 6 – 8pm

Bloc Projects has played a key role in the contemporary art scene in Sheffield and further afield for the last 15 years.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Bloc Projects. Over the past fifteen years the organisation has played host to countless exhibitions, events, talks, book launches, performances, residencies, exchanges and much more, whilst numerous artists have passed by as they begin their journey along their uncertain path through the art world.

To mark this notable occasion and to signify a new era for Bloc Projects under new directorship, we look back at an impressive archive that tells the story of the development of a constantly changing organisation and one that always aims to put progression at the forefront.

This exhibition includes posters, press releases, flyers, publications and newspaper articles spanning the past fifteen years. It is an opportunity for visitors to recount their individual experiences and encounters with Bloc Projects and to use the archive as a tool to look forward to a new phase.

A series of new texts by artists and writers will be presented in the exhibition, all of which recount and respond to the writers experiences whilst visiting or being part of Bloc Projects.


F%+K Depression Make Stuff

05 July – 08 July 2017

PV 05 July, 6 – 8pm

Free Hand Creative Sessions are a space to be creative, for people living with depression and anxiety. Free Hand aims to provide peer support through creative activity.

Free Hand holds regular creative sessions at CADS & has pop ups at different events around Sheffield. Each week we set a different task, technique or theme to the session, all materials are supplied, attendees will be given guidance but the structure is very informal and casual. Attendees are free to work on personal projects in the space as well, sometimes it can be a bit like the gym, it can be easier to work when you have a dedicated time and space.

F%+K Depression Make Stuff is an exhibition that brings together new work produced during Free Hand Creative Sessions throughout Sheffield.


This project is a gallery hire. For more information about hiring the gallery please contact