Tues 5 Feb
6:30 – 8:00pm
(Offsite: The Holt, 156 Arundel St, Sheffield S1 4RE)
Frequently using tiles and letter forms to tell stories of people and places, Matthew Raw is an artist who seeks to push the possibilities and communicative power of clay.
Matthew is based between Paris and London and is a founding member of Studio Manifold – an artistic collective of nine Royal College of Art graduates in Hoxton, East London set up in 2010. He has solo and group exhibitions, teaches extensively, works in collaboration with architects and artists, and has participated in numerous international residencies.
He collected a Jerwood Makers Prize in 2014, and in 2017 worked with architecture collective Assemble on ‘Clay Station’ – an ambitious commission from Art on the Underground at Seven Sisters Station, involving the production of more than 1500 hand-made tiles.
Matthew shares his skills and vision by running frequent public workshops in ceramics – notably during his six-month residency in the Ceramics Collection at the V&A Museum, where he began pulling together the ideas for his first UK solo show, ‘CLAD’. He is currently developing a new large-scale mural commission for the University of Warwick and working towards a solo show at Plymouth College of Art.
Free, limited capacity, registration essential Via: Eventbrite.
Wednesday 30th January
6 – 8pm
The Social Art Summit (socialartsummit.com) was an artist-led review of socially engaged arts practice in the UK, held in Sheffield in November 2018, and convened by Social Art Network. By convening practitioners from around the country to share practice and discuss ideas, the Social Art Summit explored what it means to be making art through social engagement right now.
In the run-up to the event, a series of monthly meet-ups were held in Sheffield where the Summit will take place in November 2018. Post-summit, groups have started meeting elsewhere in the country, and the Sheffield group will restart its meetings in January, to provide a regular meeting place for those interested in social practice and socially engaged art.
Aimed at artists, activists, community groups, curators, students, academics, funders and wider sectors working in the social realm, the Social Art Network aims to develop agency in the field of art and social engagement and test the ground for launching a Social Art Biennale in 2020. In the nearer future, we are working towards a ‘think-tank’ event to take forward learning from the Summit. This event will take place at Tate Exchange in April.
If you are interested in being part of the discussion leading up to the event, come along to Bloc Projects on Wed 30th January.