Museums Sheffield New Year Exhibitions 2017
21 December 2016
The New Year is set to bring a vibrant array of new exhibitions to the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum.
New exhibitions from Museums Sheffield in 2017 include a major new project by internationally renowned artists Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat, dazzling craftsmanship from the city’s Grice Ivories collections, a celebration of Sheffield contemporary art, and a new showcase of works shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2017.
A selection of the exhibitions visitors can enjoy in 2017 include:
Tim Etchells & Vlatka Horvat: What Can Be Seen, 8 February – 7 May 2017, Millennium Gallery
Opening in February, What Can Be Seen is a brand new exhibition by internationally renowned artists Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat, reimagining Sheffield’s diverse museum collections. The exhibition will explore how we attempt to understand the world through history, science, art, narrative and the act of collecting itself; through playful, unexpected associations, the mysterious, unusual, banal and everyday will be reframed in each other’s company, inviting viewers to see them anew.
Protest Lab, 18 March – May 2017, Millennium Gallery
Introducing the forthcoming Sheffield Protest and Activism exhibition programme which will take place in 2018, Protest Lab is an experimental, vocal, social space where views can be shared and ideas challenged. The space will give visitors opportunity to find out more about the history of protest and activism in Sheffield, to highlight the causes that matter to them and to help shape the forthcoming series of exhibitions and events marking the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act in 2018.
Stories from the East: The Grice Ivories, 11 March – 9 July 2017, Weston Park Museum
Some of the UK’s finest examples of Chinese craftsmanship are set to go on show in a new exhibition at Weston Park Museum this spring. Opening in March, Stories from the East will present over 100 remarkable hand-carvings from the city’s Grice Ivories collection and look at the tales, figures and traditions that inspired them. The exhibition will also explore how the collection came to Sheffield in the 1930s, as well as the history and impact of the ivory trade.
An Earthly Paradise: Gardens in Art, 25 March – 1 July, Graves Gallery
A place of peace and tranquillity, a playground, or a space to nurture flowers and food, the garden represents many things to different people. An Earthly Paradise will explore the diverse ways artists have captured gardens, from humble backyards to grand public spaces, in their work. The exhibition will feature the striking Zacharias and Elizabeth by artist Stanley Spencer, which will go on display alongside many other works from Sheffield’s collections.
Making Ways (Title TBC), 7 June – 3 September 2017, Millennium Gallery
Making Ways (Title TBC) will celebrate the breadth of diverse artistic talent in the city today, presenting an array of work by both emerging and established contemporary artists. The exhibition forms part of the citywide Making Ways project, which will showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in Sheffield.
John Ruskin Prize 2017, 21 June – 8 October 2017, Millennium Gallery
This summer the Millennium Gallery will host a new exhibition of works shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize 2017. Now in its fourth year, the award, established by the Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with the Guild of St George, is open to all amateur and professional artists 18 years and over, living and working in the UK. The 2017 Prize invites artists to respond to the theme Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jack, exploring the idea of the artist as a multi-skilled polymath. For the first time this year, the Prize will be open to makers and craftspeople, as well as fine artists.
Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House, 5 August – 7 January 2018, Weston Park Museum
In August Weston Park Museum will open the doors to a very special exhibition on tour from the V&A Museum of Childhood presenting 12 of their most treasured dolls’ houses in a 300 year journey through the history of the home. Visitors will be able to take a peek behind closed doors and discover the small stories of the tiny inhabitants of a country mansion, a Victorian town house, a suburban semi, a high-rise apartment and more, and listen to their tales of marriages, parties, politics and crime.
For more information visit www.museums-sheffield.org.uk