Happy bird an art show hit

At St Marys Community Hall Imogen Rae (left), Rachel Durance (centre) and Lizzie Alageswaran work on 'Bella' the Bluebird of Happiness.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
At St Marys Community Hall Imogen Rae (left), Rachel Durance (centre) and Lizzie Alageswaran work on 'Bella' the Bluebird of Happiness. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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All manner of artworks and installations will again be on offer at studios and spaces across Sheffield at the weekend, after the festival’s 2014 event launched on Saturday.

Art fans in the city have seen everything from sculptures to a 7ft mechanical bird on display at Open Up event, which is split across two weekends.

Chairman Nuala Price says Open Up has had a ‘fantastic’ start in its 16th year, and exhibitors are looking forward to next weekend.

She said: “It’s great to see artists that maybe opened for the first time having a really good time doing it.

“Our featured artist this year is Shirley Cameron. She’s celebrating her 70th year of doing art installations, and she will be at Hagglers Corner in Queens Road on Saturday with a retrospective of all her work.

“It was fantastic to see everybody in their studio spaces, and visitor numbers are up.”

Walkley artists Rachel Durance and Lizzy Alageswaran created a Machine for Generating Happinessas well as a mechanical bird with moving parts as part of their exhibition.

The machine is a type of Rube Goldberg machine, a Wallace And Gromit-style contraption that performs simple tasks using a series of complex mechanics including chain reactions.

Rachel said: “The adults really wanted to share what makes them happy and they were saying ‘sunshine’ and ‘picnics’.

“The array of art on show, and feedback we have had from people who visited other artists, is really positive.”