On board with a Bard

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To SEE or not to see...

That’s not REALLY the question, but opening up Shakespeare to people who don’t normally get it, is.

Community charity Art in the Park Sheffield is joining the 2012 celebration of Shakespeare by partnering with Sheffield University to offer community-based workshops, culminating in an exhibition on Friday.

They are bringing Shakespeare’s Sonnets to three groups of people not normally associated with his work; older people from Sheffield Homes supported housing schemes, long-term NHS service users and young people not in work or training.

The project allows people to explore sonnets selected for their strong evocation of visual images, such as ageing and landscape.

The groups then create artwork in response to these images through painting, textiles and photography. Then they respond to the sonnets and the visual images they have produced through their own creative writing.

Clever stuff eh?

“The aim of the project is to encourage ownership of the sonnets and promote an enjoyment of reading, writing and the visual arts with groups who traditionally wouldn’t get the opportunity,” said Cassie Kill, of Art in the Park Sheffield.

The work produced will be curated as a public exhibition, including an audio installation of the sonnets, opening on Friday at Jessop West Foyer (near the University tram stop, opposite the Henderson’s Relish building) from 5.30-7.30pm.

It will then be open weekdays from June 12 to June 21, 8.30am - 5.30pm.