Today’s columnist, Becky Gee: Pop artist exhibition coup

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I first discovered 99 Mary Street about a year ago as part of Sheffield’s ‘Creative Christmas Shopping’ event.

The event involved all the usual suspects in the Sheffield art scene but hidden amongst the familiar were a few surprising gems.

99 Mary Street stood out as one of those gems, offering a range of fine art prints for potential Christmas presents.

Although the prints were of top quality it was the space which captured me the most (not to mention the homemade mulled cider).

Exposed brick walls, suspended light bulbs, a make-shift wooden statement wall.

What a wonderful alternative to the white cube interior which is now a tradition in contemporary spaces.

The ‘post-industrial concept space’ exists as a platform for all things creative and home to DED design studio.

Since opening in 2013 they have hosted exhibitions, live musical acts and private events from photoshoots to wedding ceremonies.

Driven by their inspirational aesthetic, they are open to the endless possibilities that the space can offer.

One of the most significant exhibitions last year was the Peter Blake selling exhibition which ran over spring, with limited edition silkscreens from the acclaimed British artist.

The next event at 99 Mary Street is the opening of a solo show of works by Peter Phillips on Thursday, October 29.

The exhibition shows Phillips’ ability to make pop art ever relevant and fresh.

Displayed on the naked walls of the former cutlery works, are classic pieces such as Star Card Table (originally painted in 1962) and Drawing Series 3 (originally constructed in 1967).

Both of these pieces highlight trends in colour, composition and shape which can be found in his early works.

Alongside these works, Phillips presents new imagery which represents the latest instalment of his 50-year creative journey.

Some works which have been transported from Australia, were made specifically for the exhibition.

The artist’s dedication to the movement enables works new and old to sit together comfortably, revealing a seamless narrative spanning five decades.

If you would like to join 99 Mary Street

The exhibition runs from October 29 to November 25.

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