Margaret Thatcher among themes for Sheffield student exhibition

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson
Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson
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Margaret Thatcher, same-sex Asian love and blindness are among an eclectic mix of themes tackled at an exhibition by Sheffield Hallam University students.

‘Prism’ is a showcase of the innovative work the second-year interior design students have created in collaboration with professionals from an array of organisations.

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson

Three of the students worked with social scientist Farida Vis, who has researched how pictures relating to the death and funeral of Mrs Thatcher on Twitter and Facebook were shared.

The students placed two contrasting photographs of Mrs Thatcher on the wall and hung tweets written on Twitter logo-shaped pieces of card from the ceiling.

Exhibition visitors are invited to give their own views on Mrs Thatcher by writing on some card and posting it in a ‘ballot box’ next to the installation.

Darren Richardson, a sculptor and associate lecturer for the interior design course, said: “This piece was looking at the different views of Margaret Thatcher - are you for her or against her?

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson

“I think it’s a very successful piece in that people are going to interact with it. The views hanging from the ceiling will get changed as people give new opinions.”

The Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind also got involved in the exhibition, supporting three installations including a light box with a hidden colourful pattern and a series of optician-style wall charts presented as you would see them with different eye troubles.

Other organisations to collaborate include Stoney Middleton Heritage Centre Community Group, Silence Breaker Media, live performance producer Bobby Tiwana and writer Bowen Revill.

Course leader Sally Billau said: “Working alongside industry professionals like this, we’ve challenged our students to apply their design knowledge in a creative yet practical way, and using a range of design and fabrication techniques.”

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson

n Prism runs until January 31 at Bank Street Arts, Bank Street, Sheffield.

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson

Sheffield Hallam University interior design students exhibit their work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Photo by Tom Jackson