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Bloc Projects x Labrador at Hybrid Art Fair, Madrid

Fri 23 – Sun 25 Feb

Bloc Projects and Labrador have been invited to present the work of Sheffield based artists at Hybrid Art Fair in Madrid, Spain, during Madrid Art Week.

Bloc Projects will be presenting the work of a select group of some of the most exciting artists currently working in Sheffield.

Artists selected:

James Clarkson
Ashley Holmes
Helen Stokes
Lucy Vann
Sean Williams

For more information on Hybrid Art Fair please visit their website

Bloc Projects x Labrador at Hybrid Art Fair, Madrid forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

From Place to Place – Suzanne Mooney

Wednesday 21 February – Saturday 3 March
Launch Event: Thursday 22 February, 6 – 8pm)

A Japan Now North featured event

This exhibition combines selected images from two series, Come away, O’…, which explores city-view observatories in Tokyo, and an ongoing series of self-portraits taken over more than a decade in locations around the world. Some images explore the experience of the (Tokyo) city view, focusing on elements such as the window frame, reflections of light and distortion, while in others the figure (subject/artist/viewer) is placed within the Japanese landscape, natural or manmade, indistinct or inseparable from the surroundings. There is a continuous shifting of the boundary between the figure and the landscape, between man, nature and the man-made.

Suzanne Mooney is an Irish artist currently living in Japan. She holds a PhD from Tama Art University, Tokyo, and continues to work as an artist and educator in Tokyo. Utilizing time-based and spatial media she references Romanticism, painting and the Landscape, looking at how we interact within and experience space and Place, individually and collectively. Using imagery from constructed contemporary city spaces and borrowing motifs and imagery from Romantic painting she causes us to question our established perceptions of the world we live in. Mooney has received support from a number of funding bodies, including The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland. She has been awarded residencies in Iceland, Korea, Ireland and Spain and regularly travels to acquire material for new works. She won the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2015.

This exhibition is a feature of Japan Now North, a series of events exploring contemporary Japanese arts and culture, to be held in Sheffield between 21st February and 3rd March. Japan Now North is programmed by the University of Sheffield in partnership with the Japan Foundation and Modern Culture, and supported by the University of Sheffield, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Society. For further details at

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


Bloc Billboard: Jack Cheetham

Feb 16 – Apr 13

In recent practice, Jack Cheetham’s work examines why people attach importance to specific places and things, through paraphernalia associated with certain lifestyles and the re-contextualization of particular moments. Cheetham’s research unfolds through the playfulness of seductive and/or disenchanting aspects of stylistic movements, materials, processes, techniques and the ever-growing circle of things in contemporary society. Through versions of recycling, ornamenting and editing processes, the work roots itself in concerns of masculinity, labour, tradition, storytelling, identity, education, humour, and fantasy in this highly consumerist time. The outcomes of his work often incorporate eclectic uses of the face found in caricature and portraiture, personifying the effects that objects and materials can have on us over time.

Cheetham’s upcoming billboard commission developed with Bloc Projects explores the psychological relationship between loneliness and anthropomorphism, in connection to consumerist desires. The work will compare anthropomorphic elements found in fantasy film sets to narratives related to mentalities of growing up and living in a UK city context. And will ask if these ‘objects/characters’ can tell us anything about the current state of social and political imaginations, desires and fears.

Jack Cheetham is based in Glasgow SCT. He currently holds a studio at Crownpoint Studios and graduated from the MFA programme at The Glasgow School of Art, SCT (2014). He also studied at Middlesex University London ENG (2009) and Bezalel Academy of Art Tel Aviv/Jerusalem (2013). Recent solo projects include: Gurdy, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, SCT; Chris, Horatio Junior, London ENG (2014).

Recent group projects include: Uncle Chop Chop, Glasgow SCT (Journal edited by Beagles & Ramsay) (2016); Bradley xx, Glasgow International, SCT (2016); Lair, VoidoidARCHIVE, Glasgow SCT (2016); I Drogum, Akurey Art Museum, Akurey IS (2016); Treat Yo Self, Bloc Projects Sheffield ENG (2015); Prehistoric Loom, Yada Shiman Gallery Nagoya JPN (2015); Dear Green, ZK/U, Berlin DE (2014).

Making Ways Review and Networking Event

Thursday 8 Feb
6 – 8pm

Making Ways invites you to celebrate its achievements so far, and to discover more about the plans for 2018 and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming artists, makers, organisations, policy makers, educators, and those engaged in creative community and economic development in Sheffield, to this event marking the start of another fantastic year of creativity.

There will also be an opportunity to view Ben Jeans Houghton’s exhibition ‘2ndLife’.

Please find a link to the Eventbrite for RSVP

Making Ways is an ambitious three-year project that demonstrates, celebrates and develops exceptional contemporary visual art produced in Sheffield.

£550,000 was awarded to support this programme through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence in May 2016 and is funded by Sheffield City Council, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

Artist Talk: Ben Jeans Houghton

Sat 2 Jan 2018

2 – 4pm

To coincide with the last day of the exhibition 2ndlife, we will be hosting a talk and discussion with the artist Ben Jeans Houghton

Open Forum Event for Visual Artists

Fri 26 Jan


Making Ways and Bloc Projects are bringing Matt Roberts to Sheffield along with a Cathy Lomax (Transition Gallery) for individual 45 minute 1-2-1 sessions with artists. Sessions will advise on Artists Statements, CVs, websites and funding artists practice. There will also be opportunities to discuss approaching commercial galleries, pricing work and promotion.

January 26 at Bloc Projects – Matt Roberts + Cathy Lomax, Transition Gallery.
February 26 at Yorkshire Artspace – Matt Roberts + Emma Daker, Craftspace.
March 23 venue TBC – Matt Roberts + Julia Alverez, Bearspace.

Matt Roberts Arts is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 to create opportunities for artists in new locations and contexts. Matt Roberts Arts offers support to creative practitioners by providing a range of professional development programmes and national and international touring exhibitions.

For more information please email

The Open Forum Events form part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

2ndlife: Ben Jeans Houghton

18 Jan – 10 Feb 2018
Launch event Fri 18 Jan, 6 – 8pm

2ndlife is a single channel film embedded in an installation at Bloc Projects in Sheffield.

2ndlife is the second UK solo show by Ben Jeans Houghton.

2ndlife is a first person film essay that uses the places and protagonists encountered on an inner and outer journey to and through Japan, to constellate a self reflexive narrative discussing perspectives on the history, philosophy and reality of suicide. The roving point of view camera embarks from the North East of England and travels to the metropolis of Tokyo, through the Zen gardens of Kyoto before reaching Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji. The films animistic narratives afford personhood and give voice to places, objects, animals and the Internet in dialogue with the inner monologue of the protagonist. Throughout the film makes reference to mythology, folklore, cyberspace and dreamstates as it takes the viewer on a chronological journey through person and place whilst mapping the emotional terrain and magnetism of the existential.

Ben Jeans Houghton creates work in sculpture, installation, film, photography, drawing, writing, performance and sound. Through these mediums he explores the study and practice of Magic/k, Astrology, Anamism, Philosophy, Cinema and Psychology. The work seeks to invigorate and question its various themes by utilising and subverting their mechanics whilst subsuming their subject specific language and structures by re-applying them to new contexts. Throughout sympathies between Alchemy and Contemporary Art; ritually arranging objects and symbols in the physical, visible world, to create narrative dialogue that affects and changes our invisible, conceptual and emotional world, are of key concern.

With Matthew Giraudeau he is the co-founder of the ARKA Group; a fluid collective of creative collaborators who aim to make scientific and philosophical concepts tangible to a wider audience through the generation of Visual Art. Ben’s work has and will be shown with CCA – Glasgow, Workplace Gallery – Gateshead, Gymnasium Gallery – Berwick, Bloc Projects – Sheffield, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – Gateshead, Generator Projects – Dundee, Whitstable Bienniale – Whitstable, Space Inbetween Gallery – London, BFI – London, Circa Projects – Newcastle, Zabludowicz Gallery – London, NGCA – Sunderland and Channel Four.