bloc projects


Past: Autumn/Winter ’18/’19 Term

Diverse Industry Insights

Welcoming a breadth of multidisciplinary practitioners to share their innovative work and experience. Committed to creative professional development, this term will critically acknowledge persisting inequality of opportunity as well as innovation within an expansive arts and cultural sector. This term also features creative skills based workshops, creating spaces for conversation, debate and shared learning.

Whilst we work hard to maintain a Public Programme that is free for everyone, we kindly ask you to consider bringing something along to donate to the local Foodbank. For 2018 we will be collecting food and basic toiletries for S2 Foodbank. For a full list of much needed items please see .

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 17th October

6 – 7:30pm

‘Hospital Rooms brings extraordinary art to people who are cared for in mental health hospitals, commissioning world class artists to work with mental health patients and staff to radically transform locked and secure mental health units with museum quality and compliant art. We do this by programming series of tailored workshops through which artists and unit communities can collaborate. We make challenging clinical environments imaginative, thoughtful and rejuvenative.’

The charity was co-founded by artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White after a close friend of theirs was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, explaining that the environment she stayed in was cold, clinical and sterile. The pair undertook extensive research and found that this personal experience was in fact a wide spread need. During previous projects, patients with severe and on-going mental need have described mental health environments as being ‘like prison’, ‘horrible’, ‘hostile’ or ‘like being in a vacuum’. 

Niamh and Tim believe that by putting artwork that might ordinarily be found in the National Portrait Gallery or in the Tate Gallery in spaces that provide care to some of our most vulnerable and isolated members of the community, we can instil people with value, dignity and wellbeing.

During their talk, Niamh and Tim will be sharing their experience of working in a variety of mental health settings to commission museum quality artwork for challenging clinical environments as well as the co-production process and the impact the work has had.

Free, limited capacity, registration essential via: Eventbrite.
Wednesday 7th November
6 – 7:30pm

RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges.

‘Collaboration and co-production is a critical part of our ethos. For us, it is the first step towards realising more equitable visions of change and the ultimate attempt to bridge the gaps between a multitude of groups and communities, providing a platform for the production of new knowledge and ideas. An integral part of this is working with youth and under-represented groups in society and engaging them in the design process.

For us, ‘design’ encompasses both physical and systemic intervention. We look at innovative ways of working with communities as ‘stakeholders’ in the short and long-term management of projects. In this way, design carries more than aesthetic value; it is also a mechanism for socio-economic change.’

In this talk RESOLVE will share their work and architectural design processes as a means to interrogate various social issues –  projects which often use temporary interventions to explore themes including ‘urban separation and coexistence’, ‘design as a tool for community engagement’, and ‘technological innovation in urban planning’.

Free, limited capacity, registration essential via: Eventbrite.


Wednesday 21st November

6 – 8pm

Screen Printing Workshop led by Sheffield Print Club’s Hannah Flynn.

In this free taster session you’ll create a basic paper stencil which you’ll use to screen print your experimental design onto paper. No print making experience is necessary.

Sheffield Print Club is an open access screen printing studio situated just down the road from Bloc Projects’, offering affordable open access studio hire and monthly screen printing workshops both on and offsite, as well as an ongoing programme of taster arts workshops. Anyone can become a member of Sheffield Print Club and make use of the space to print their own work.

Free, limited capacity, registration essential via: Eventbrite.

Thursday 6th December


Chardine Taylor Stone is an award winning cultural producer, writer and feminist activist.  Her work is inspired by her experiences as a Black British working class woman having found her voice through alternative subcultures like Punk and Rockabilly. She was featured in The Voice newspaper as one of the Women Who Rocked the World in 2015, Diva Magazine’s  LGBT Power List 2016 and Buzzfeed’s ‘The Most Inspiring British LGBT People Of 2016‘.

In May 2017 Chardine won the British LGBT Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ life’.

Chardine is also the founder of Black Girl’s Picnic, a movement in collective self care for Black women and girls, and Stop Rainbow Racism which works to stop racist performances in LGBTQ venues.

As a writer, educator and commentator Chardine uses music, art and fashion history to instigate socio-political analysis. She often lectures and facilitates workshops on topics such as Black / Working Class feminism, Black Queer identities, Afrofuturism, music subculture histories and Black involvement in the esoteric, weird and downright bizarre!

She is regularly asked to speak and consult on these topics for media such as Channel 4 news, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, London Live and TedXTottenham as well as film/culture festivals, conferences and art institutions such as the BFI, Tate Modern, ICA and British Library. She also bangs the drums in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie.

Chardine is also a board member for the Museum of Homelessness and Duckie Youth.

Free, limited capacity, registration essential via: Eventbrite.