Experience History rounds up Museums Sheffield's exhibitions and events into Christmas and the new year.
Inside the Circle of Fire A Sheffield Sound Map by Chris Watson
Until 23 Feb 2014, Millennium Gallery
From making childhood recordings of birdsong in his garden, to co-founding electronic pioneers Cabaret Voltaire, and his work as one of the UK’s pre-eminent sound recordists, Sheffield-born Chris Watson has had an enduring fascination with sound. In this ambitious new exhibition, Chris transforms the Millennium Gallery into an immersive ‘sound map’ of Sheffield, charting its boundaries on the edge of the Peak and travelling its waterways to the bustling heart of the city. By truly hearing the sounds of the city, perhaps for the first time, we hope that visitors will gain a new perspective on Sheffield.
Art Sheffield 13
Until 14 Dec 2013, Graves Gallery
Sheffield’s Festival of Contemporary Art returns for the fifth time in 2013 with a themed exhibition of internationally commissioned work across multiple galleries, a parallel programme of work from local artists, and a wide variety of talks and events. The festival exhibition – Zero Hours – is inspired by a single work from legendary German artist Joseph Beuys. Economic Values, created by Beuys in 1980, incorporates works from Sheffield’s art collection and will be on display at the Graves Gallery, along with Days of the Commune by New York based artist Zoe Beloff.
Until 26 Jan 2014, Weston Park
Our 21st century lives are filled with colours of an almost infinite variety. Yet creating such a rich palette hasn’t always been so easy. What we now take for granted is the legacy of an enduring human obsession with harnessing natural colour for our own purposes. This brand new exhibition, created by Museums Sheffield, and drawing on the city’s collections, celebrates the history, science and significance of colour throughout the ages. From the first synthetic dye that set the Victorian fashion world ablaze, to the colourful art of Patrick Caulfield, Colour Coded celebrates the emotional power which colour continues to hold over us.
1 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014, Millennium Gallery
A feast of original craft and design, Christmas Crackers provides an inspired alternative to the High Street for this year’s Christmas shopping. Choose affordable gifts, from beautiful jewellery to stylish glassware and ceramics, all handmade by UK-based craftspeople.
Sheffield Castle Revealed
9 Nov 2013–5 May 2014, Weston Park
Sheffield’s Castle Market is relocating to the Moor and interest is growing in the remains of the medieval castle which lie beneath the existing, 1960’s-built market. This display features objects and images from excavations of the site carried out in the early 20th century by Albert Leslie Armstrong and Leslie Butcher.
Wings of Scale
Butterflies & Moths from Sheffield’s Collection
From 9 Nov, Weston Park
Collecting butterflies and moths has always been a popular pastime, and as a result, museum collections are often full of them. Today, these collections are an important source of historic and scientific information. This new display shows the amazing beauty and diversity of butterflies and moths from all over the world, highlighting their importance for the wellbeing of any eco-system.
Against the Grain
Wood Engravings from Sheffield’s Collection
7 Dec 2013–28 Jun 2014, Graves Gallery
This display brings together a beautiful selection of 20th century wood engravings from Sheffield’s collections, including works by artists such as Gertrude Hermes, Paul Nash and Gwen Raverat. These intricate prints evoke a sense of rural tranquillity, often seen as a retreat from the modern world and a reaction to the horrors of war.