bloc projects



Selected Wednesday Evenings. Free. Open to Everyone.


In eighteenth century Paris, the formalised gathering of cultural elites at intimate salons witnessed the radical exchange of often politicised economic, social, philosophical and cultural ideas. These gatherings created an arena where thoughts could be debated catalysing an era of Enlightenment. ‘Salon 18’ adopts an approach to public programming which borrows from the legacy of European Salons as well as the historically multidisciplinary and inclusive legacy of free, alternative arts education.

Salon 18 hosts dynamic workshops, talks and events profiling innovative artists, thinkers and cultural practitioners.With the professional development of Sheffield based artists at its core, the Salon 18 Public Programme is shaped both by emerging national discourse as well as the needs/interests and suggestions of local creative practitioners. Salon 18 launches in March 2018 with a Spring season dedicated to ‘The Local: Conversation, Representation and Collective Organisation’.

As an offshoot of the public programme, Bloc Projects is also facilitating regular one to one discussion and portfolio feedback sessions between visiting artists, academics, designers and local creatives.

Please note: The Public Programme is subject to change, please check back for updates on forthcoming workshops, events and registration information for announced visiting artist feedback sessions.

Throughout 2018, we will be collecting basic toiletries and food (packets, tinned or dried) for The S2 Foodbank in our foyer. For a full list of suggested/much needed items please see:

Salon 18 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.

There are limited travel support stipends available to individuals based in Yorkshire, who would like to attend an event in the ‘Salon’ programme but are affected by financial difficulties. Get in touch confidentially using the email below to request  support.

For all programming enquiries, contact our Public Programmes Curator Kerry Campbell  :

*Image: Lactofermenting Workshop with Sean Roy Parker. Image courtesy of Peter Martin