Art Sheffield unveils its festival schedule

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A collection of rarely seen ‘scratch’ videos - a short-lived but influential phenomenon from the 1980s - is one of the highlights on the schedule of Art Sheffield’s new 2016 festival programme ‘Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange and Charm.’

Revealed this week for the first time, the schedule also includes a brand new large-scale video work on ‘matter’ at atomic level, to be projected within the 18,000sqft Grade II listed Moore Street electricity substation. The work, by British artist Steven Claydon, will be accompanied by audio samples of atoms being moved, after Claydon worked with local steel manufacturers to create four large plate reverb panels to amplify the sound, in order to create an immersive installation.

Conceived as an ‘exploded’ group show, Art Sheffield will present its carefully selected programme, dedicated entirely to sound and moving image, on April 16, running until May 8. The show’s works will be exhibited across Sheffield’s galleries, venues, industrial and urban spaces. Other works address themes around politics, economics, music, technology and the material reality of the physical world, including international artists Michel Auder, Charles Atlas and Jean-Michel Wicker, and British artists Beatrice Gibson and Mark Fell.

The festival - named after the six flavours, or types, of quark - is curated by Martin Clark, Director of Bergen Kunsthall.

Its other highlights include work by British artist Hannah Sawtell, which explores the concept of a new ‘people’s currency’ for Sheffield, modelled on alternative currencies like bitcoin, and Sheffield artist Richard Sides, a site-specific installation at a former funeral parlour on Eyre Street.

Art Sheffield brings together new commissions, exhibitions and performances by international, UK and Sheffield-based artists at locations across the city alongside a programme of events, talks and discussions

Visit www.artsheffield.org for details.