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FLUX – An exhibition about change in a changing place

FLUX is an exhibition that seeks to ask questions of change and what change means to the individual. FLUX is devised and curated by myself with the support of the artists involved, and showcases work by 17 artists both from Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield and SOUP Collective, Liverpool.

The exhibition is hosted at Exchange Place Studios, in an area of Sheffield currently undergoing a major change process; the Castlegate Redevelopment essentially seeks to replace an old indoor market with a green open space with potential to expose some of Sheffield Castle.

Something that sets FLUX apart from other exhibitions I have coordinated is it’s ability to possess a relevance in relation to its location. The Castlegate redevelopment is a constant and prominent source of inspiration for artists not just working within the area, but all artists familiar with the affecting nature of city-scale change processes.

FLUX allows us to comprehend such redevelopment from a more personal and reflective space. Whether that be a visual imagining of the philosophy of change; the documentation of movement and flow and associated affecting properties; the nature of travel; the pull of nostalgia; the force of protest or the individual stories brought about by change.

As well as organising and curating the exhibition, I also contributed a piece of work. The work, a collaboration with Sharon Mossbeck entitled ‘The Living Dead River’ speculates upon how found objects can be elevated in order to fit into a philosophical frame, based on the work of Heraclitus:

The exhibition has been met with success, with hundreds of people visiting within the first week and during Castlegate Festival. The exhibition runs weekdays 11-4 until 10th July. Whats-more, each day will see one of the artists involved being present to chat about the exhibition and their work, which is a great way to find our more and meet those involved. So do try and pop along if you can!

With many thanks to Yorkshire Artspace, SOUP Collective and all the artists involved:

Gill Alderson Lizzie Biscuits May Chong Rachel Durance Ruth Edwards Keiron Finnetty Catherine Harrison Jacqueline F. Kerr Susan Leask Colette Lilley Joanne McCellan Ruth Morrissey Sharon Mossbeck Alan Sykes Sue Taylor Wendy Williams

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