Arts network to promote the city’s finest

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A NEW Sheffield arts network has been launched to develop projects and promote existing initiatives around the city.

The Sheffield Arts and Wellbeing Network was launched at an event featuring workshops, live art, an exhibition and networking sessions.

Sheffield University’s Dr Brendan Stone said: “The network will bring people together to share ideas and resources as well as celebrating the fantastic work already going on across the city in this area.”

Places like St Matthews House on Carver Street, Sheffield, are central to the new network.

After a fundraising campaign from the congregation of St Matthews Church and a European grant of £740,000, the required total of £1.5 million has almost been raised to transform the property into the new Sheffield Centre for Arts, Creativity and Wellbeing.

Graham Duncan, part of the campaign group, said: “When it has been refurbished it will serve the needs of people in the 21st century, and will contain a café, community pottery, high quality meeting space, and art workshops, providing a place where everyone can be renewed by the therapeutic magic of art.”