Arts groups to get connected via web venture

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COMMUNITY arts groups across Sheffield are getting connected through an internet-based venture.

Sheffield Participatory Arts Network (SPAN) is an open service for music groups, events, workshops and arts projects and runs regular events.

The network – which has a website at – also provides ‘promotional, logistical and human support’ for groups holding workshops and events.

The website has been developed with Sheffield University’s humanities research institute

Sam Parkin, SPAN co-founder, said: “We will provide a new way to explore and connect with Sheffield’s myriad community arts groups and events online.”

“The website aims to provide a way into the plethora of music, dance and arts groups that operate in Sheffield for the uninitiated, and an online database of all that goes on that is easy to access and use.

“The more that this database is contributed to, the stronger and more wider-reaching it will become.

“We’re excited that lots of people are getting involved.”