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August 2019

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Clean Air Zone Consultation

August 2019

The consultation being held by Sheffield City Council on the "Clean Air Zone" proposals finishes on Sunday 25th August 2019. You can find the link to it here. All individuals that live, work or travel regularly to the city centre are encouraged to complete...

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Autumn 2019

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Events Listings

24th September 2019

Exhibition: "Art Against War"

On now til Sun 7 Oct 2018, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate S1 2PP

The Millennium Gallery in central Sheffield is showing "Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement". Peter Kennard made powerful photo-montages for the peace movement in Britain through the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition is worth seeing, both as a look back and as an inspiration in the struggle for a better world in the future.

Opens Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, Bank Holidays 11am-4pm. Free entry (donations welcome).

Event details at Museums Sheffield

Lantern-making workshops

Sundays 23, 30 Sep & 7th Oct, 1-4pm, Burngreave Chapel, Burngreave Cemetery, Melrose Rd S3 9DN

Make your own big illuminated lantern for the Friends of Parkwood Springs procession (see 13th Oct). Free to attend workshops with Patrick Amber. Materials provided.

There are also children's lantern-making workshops (details online here).

Childrens' lantern-making workshops

Thursdays 20, 27 Sep; 4 & 11 Oct, 3-6pm, Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, Burngreave Street S3 9DN

Kids are welcome to make big illuminated lantern for the Friends of Parkwood Springs procession (see 13th Oct). Free to attend workshops with Patrick Amber, materials provided, bring your friends.

Children under 8 yrs must be supervised. There are also adult lantern-making workshops (details online here).

"Spirit of 1868"

Mon 24 Sep 2018, 7.30pm, Trades & Labour Club, 200 Duke St. S2 5QQ

Banner Theatre presents a stirring dramatisation of some of the struggles, protests and moments of resistance that shaped our past and our present. Featuring folk, blues, punk, reggae and stories of workers standing together in solidarity over 150 years.

Doors and bar open from 6.45pm. Tickets £10, £6 concessions, on the link below (booking fee applies) or to reserve, email Organised by Sheffield Trades Council.

Eventbrite ticket booking

"The Great University Gamble"

Mon 24 Sep 2018, 7.30pm, Radical Library, New Roots, 347 Glossop RD S10 2HP

Join members of the Free University of Sheffield for a discussion of "The Great University Gamble" by Andrew Gettigan. What will be the role of universities within society? How will they be funded? What kind of experiences will they offer students? Where does the public interest lie? The book describes the new policy regime and developments on the ground, with an urgent warning that our education is now open to commercial pressures which threaten to transform it from a public good into a private, individual investment.

The group will be reading the introduction of this book, which is online here or email to request a full pdf copy. The venue is accessible through a front door, and a single step up to the back of the shop.

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"Urban Biophilia"

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018, Love Square, corner of West Bar and Bridge St. S3 8NL

Professor Nigel Dunnett and artist Jo Peel have transformed an underused public space into a temporary pop-up garden and art installation, creating a positive area for people to interact with. With painted and animated murals and innovative greening and planting, this garden highlights the essential value of the imaginative public realm.

Free to attend, part of the 2018 Festival of the Mind.

Festival of the Mind

"Up Close and Immersed in Migration"

Mon 24 Sep 2018, 4pm-5pm, The Spiegeltent, Barkers Pool S1 2HB

A talk by Dr Andrey Rosowsky and Arts on the Run about the "Up Close and Immersed in Migration" project, which celebrates Sheffield’s diverse communities in discussion, music, film and art.

Note: this is accompanied by a free live performance on Saturday 29th September, 6pm at Theatre Deli, including Rafiki Jazz and Zarah Hussain. Free to attend, part of the 2018 Festival of the Mind.

Festival of the Mind

Stories from Chatsworth Servants’ Hall

Tue 25 Sep 2018, 12-12.45pm, The Spiegeltent, Barkers Pool S1 2JA

"From Servants to Staff" research project is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the nearby Chatsworth Estate, a huge house and grounds still owned by a minor branch of the ’nobility’ (not by the people). Hear stories of dairy maids, gardeners, upholsterers and governesses through the eyes of the people who worked for the ’landed gentry’, who are probably very nice people, not parasites.

Free to attend, part of the 2018 Festival of the Mind, with Off the Shelf festival of words.

Festival of the Mind

National Food Service Exhibition

Sun 23–Sat 29 Sep 2018, 11am–4pm, Foodhall, 121 Eyre St. S10 4QW

Exhibition of work on social eating and design, accompanying The National Food Service Symposium. Work by various people including Marsha Smith, Megan Blake, Kata Fodor, Kenneth Okafor and Nick Taylor Buck.

The National Food Service Symposium is the first of its kind on the emerging non-hierarchical, non-charity, open source social eating movement. It aims to foster a collective knowledge base at a time of significant social innovation among problems of food poverty, social isolation and exclusion, and food waste. Imagine a future with free eating spaces on every street. The Foodhall Project Sheffield examines this utopian vision, with a series of free talks and meals.

Free to attend, part of the 2018 Festival of the Mind.

Festival of the Mind

Perspectives on Basic Income

Thu 20-Thu 27 Sep 2018, 10am-5pm, Art House, 8 Backfields S1 4HJ

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is gaining interest. It is a system where everyone receives a regular sum of money, without means testing, and whether or not they have a job, or work voluntarily. How would it change your life? UBI Lab Sheffield explores perspectives on it through three video interviews, plus vox pop audio capturing the views of people in the city.

Note there is also a late opening on Wednesday 26th: 10am-8pm. Free to attend, part of the 2018 Festival of the Mind.

Festival of the Mind

Unhidden in Plain Sight

Thu 20–Sun 30 Sep 2018, The Winter Gardens, 90 Surrey St. S1 2LH

A thought-provoking display of photographs reflecting complex journeys into and out of modern slavery. The exhibition addresses the problem of how anti-trafficking images often stereotype and re-victimise the people they are trying to support. A collaboration between photographer Jeremy Abrahams and Migration Research Group academics Hannah Lewis and Gwyneth Lonergan, working with anti-trafficking organisations Ashiana, City Hearts and Snowdrop.

Note the times are Monday – Saturday: 8am – 8pm and early finish Sunday: 8am – 6pm. Also there are Audience Workshops in the Carpenter Room, Central Library, Surrey Street (nearby) on Saturday 22nd September: 12 – 1pm, Tuesday 25th September: 12 – 1pm, and Wednesday 26th September: 5.30pm – 6.30pm.

Free to attend, part of the 2018 Festival of the Mind.

Festival of the Mind


Fri 21-Fri 28 Sep 2018, Sheffield Cathedral, Church St. S1 1HA

A live-action animated rap music video that challenges the status quo, inspired by the inner thoughts of women from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. It uses their voices and experiences to deconstruct stereotypes. Advisory age guidance: 12+. Opening at various times during these dates, see the link below which has more details.

Free to attend, part of the 2018 Festival of the Mind.

Festival of the Mind

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