bloc projects

  • Image: Bloc Exchange - Mariella Ottosson & Aya Maria Urhammer, 2016. Installation view.

New Funding – New Director

Bloc Projects is delighted to announce that it has received funding from Arts Council England for a two year talent and business development programme, alongside funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project which explores, maps and celebrates the heritage of the area around Bloc Projects.

Bloc Projects can also announce the appointment of a new Director. David McLeavy is a curator and project manager who will be taking on the role of leading Bloc Projects into a new phase of development. Previously David has worked with numerous arts organisations across the county and internationally both on exhibitions and events. He is the Co-Founder of the website YAC | Young Artists in Conversation which hosts interviews with emerging artistic talent working in the UK and in 2015 he co-directed the international residency and exhibition programme Picnic Picnic.

Established in 2002, Bloc Projects is an arts project space occupying a former industrial building in the centre of Sheffield. We provide a platform for early to mid career artists to develop new work in dialogue with audiences and partners in the city and beyond. We welcome a large and diverse annual audience into our space through exhibitions, screenings, performances, publicly sited works, talks, education activities and professional development opportunities.

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.

The Arts Council funded programme will include ambitious international talent development and exchange project for early career artists and curators; solo exhibitions for emerging artists, test-bed exhibitions and Bloc Billboard commissions, alongside developmental work for the organisation to consolidate the opportunities created by the recent expansion of the gallery space. The project will cement Bloc Projects’ position as a hub for the professional development of promising early career artists, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration, and supporting the local and regional cultural ecology.

This funding consolidates the development, expansion and fundraising for Bloc Projects undertaken by previous Director Charlotte Morgan who has gone on to work with The Hepworth, Wakefield.


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