City steels itself for metalworks festival

Seven Days March 26. '''PAGE 8 (run thru)'Silversmith Chris Perry working on a silver salt grinder. The first Galvanize Sheffield: Festival of Contemporary Metal Design and Innovation runs from 14th November - 9th December.  The festival features more than 40 events taking place in 25 venues across the city and wider-region.
Seven Days March 26. '''PAGE 8 (run thru)'Silversmith Chris Perry working on a silver salt grinder. The first Galvanize Sheffield: Festival of Contemporary Metal Design and Innovation runs from 14th November - 9th December. The festival features more than 40 events taking place in 25 venues across the city and wider-region.
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MARVELS in metal go on show from tomorrow as craftsmen and women celebrate their skills at the fourth annual Galvanize Sheffield festival.

A preview of some of the best pieces was held in the Winter Garden, one of over 20 venues involved in the event.

36 yr sold Blacksmith Dan Liggins of Tideswell, Derbyshire with his gate one of the many works at the laun ch of Galvanize Sheffield 2011 in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield

36 yr sold Blacksmith Dan Liggins of Tideswell, Derbyshire with his gate one of the many works at the laun ch of Galvanize Sheffield 2011 in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield

The month-long event features work by blacksmiths and metalworkers from across the country, showing off the best in contemporary design.

There will also be exhibitions and displays by artists, many based in Sheffield.

Catching the eye at the preview was a striking rook made from copper by metal sculptor Michael Kusz.

Michael studied at art college in Sheffield but now runs a business in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, where his work is priced from £50 to £30,000.

Dan Liggins, a blacksmith who runs the Black Dragon Forge in Tideswell in the Peak District, said the festival was an ideal opportunity to show off traditional skills and high-quality products.

Festival manager Sarah Unwin said: “We should be identifying Sheffield with metalworking in the same way that Stratford-upon-Avon identifies with Shakespeare.

“The city is home to some of the best silversmiths and designers in the UK, who create beautiful and innovative contemporary designs in metal.”

One of the exhibitions is Beneath the Skin at Sheffield Hallam University’s Furnival building, which brings together academic research to reveal the ideas that underpin works of art.

Meanwhile Interchange at Butcher Works Gallery will showcase work by more than 20 designers.

Other events include a demonstration from a blacksmiths, a silversmiths’ tea party, factory tours, workshops and a talk from female silversmiths at The Milestone pub in Kelham Island.

Another highlight will be a Craft Candy spring fair at the Milliennium Gallery on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, featuring 50 exhibitors representing the cream of the UK craft and metalwork.

n See www.galvanizefestival.com for more festival details.