Museums Sheffield highlight main exhibitions for 2018

Museums Sheffield highlight main exhibitions for 2018

11 January 2018

Museums Sheffield have once again lined up another vibrant array of new exhibitions to feature at the city’s Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum throughout 2018.

The new exhibitions include the UK premiere of new work from acclaimed contemporary artist Dan Holdsworth, a series of exhibitions at Weston Park Museum and Millennium Gallery exploring protest and activism, and a major celebration of the 250th anniversary of circus in Great Britain.

A selection of the exhibitions visitors can enjoy in 2018 includes: 

Dan Holdsworth: Mapping the Limits of Space 
16 December to 17 March, Graves Gallery
Mapping the Limits of Space presents the UK premiere of artist Dan Holdsworth’s newest series of images, Continuous Topography, which go on show alongside some of his most significant works from the past seven years.

Dan Holdsworth’s latest work combines real and virtual representations of the geological landscape to explore the relationship between photography, science and technology. Created using digital

mapping data to expand the photographic process, the images are informed as much by the history and tradition of landscape photography as the latest technological developments. Supported by Arts Council England.


Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield 
6 February - 1 July, Weston Park Museum
In 1918 the women’s suffrage movement successfully led to the passing of the Representation of the People Act, the first step in a major electoral reform that would extend voting rights to 8.5 million women across the UK.

To mark the anniversary of this landmark development in British democracy, Changing Lives will celebrate how the people of Sheffield have stood up for what they believe in over the past 200 years.

Visitors will be able to explore Sheffield’s remarkable history of protest and activism, from the Radical Press of the 1700s, through to the miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes, and causes championed in the city today. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.


Hope is Strong
17 February - 10 June, Millennium Gallery

With far right parties and hate crimes on the rise, civil liberties and minority rights seem more at risk today than we could have imagined. In these turbulent times, Hope is Strong explores the power of art to question the world we live in.

Visitors will be able to see work by one of the world’s foremost politically motivated artists, Ai Weiwei, alongside Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave Archive (An Injury to One is an Injury to All), chronicling the confrontations between police and striking miners in South Yorkshire.

Hope is Strong will also feature work by Ruth Ewan, Flying Leaps, Mona Hatoum, Sharon Kivland, Goshka Macuga, Keith Piper and more. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.


Conroy / Sanderson: Here I am 
22 February to 20 May, Millennium Gallery
Here I am is an exhibition of new work by Sheffield-based artists Neil Conroy and Lesley Sanderson marking twenty years of their collaboration as Conroy/Sanderson.

Through video, drawing, neon and large-scale sculptural work, the exhibition offers a timely exploration of ideas of place and displacement. Performative physical interventions in the landscape go on display alongside images that confound traditional expectations of portraiture, as the artists combine suggestions of fragility, menace and balance to evoke a sense of other worldliness and the uncanny. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.


Received Dissent: American Mail Art from 1968 
31 March to 28 July, Graves Gallery
In 1968 William Copley, a New York artist, disenfranchised with the restrictions of the art world, envisaged a new way of connecting artists’ work with the public. Copley’s idea was to send art works directly to subscribers through the post. The idea was called SMS and subscribers received work by some of the most important artists of the 20th century.

This new exhibition at the Graves Gallery marks the 50th anniversary of SMS’s creation and it is the first time the SMS portfolios have been shown in their entirety in the UK. Visitors will discover works by Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Yoko Ono and many more.


Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography 
30 June to 23 September, Millennium Gallery
This major new exhibition on tour from the National Portrait Gallery brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era. Their experimental approach to picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since. The exhibition features striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred and Lord Tennyson.


25 July to 4 November, Weston Park Museum
A major new exhibition created in partnership between Museums Sheffield and The University of Sheffield’s National Fairground and Circus Archive is set to mark the 250th anniversary of circus in Great Britain in 2018. Celebrating the drama and pageantry of the circus and the performers who brought it to life, the exhibition will chronicle the development of circus in the UK and explore its social and cultural impact over the past two centuries.

Circus! forms part of a major partnership project between Museums Sheffield, The University of Sheffield, Norfolk Museums Service and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums which will see concurrent exhibitions go on show in Norwich and Newcastle. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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