March 2021: BOX3

BOX3, also known as The Slow Box is the latest pandemic friendly exchange collaboration by five Material Voice artists. It was initiated by Mandy Gamsu in November and has been passing from artist to artist, with each artist responding to, reworking and adding to what they receive.

Find out more about BOX3 here

September 2020 – BOX2

BOX2 was the second Material Voice Covid-secure collaboration, exploring new ways of sharing ideas and working together. Gillian Brent initiated the process and made a box which was passed in turn to Sarah Villeneau, Kate Langrish-Smith, Mandy Gamsu and Clee Claire Lee.

Find out more about BOX2 here

June 2020 – The BOX

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown the projects that the Material Voice artists were planning for 2020 were put on hold or just disappeared.

In mid April 2020 the artists agreed to find ways to recalibrate the practices and dissemination of their work together in response to the new situation. To start this they decided to experiment with new ways of collaborating that were possible within the lockdown guidance and could be shared on-line.

View the process of the first project The BOX here.

September 2019 – What a great night!

Tour of exhibition with Chris Keady, Head of Museum and the artists.
Photo: Peter Griffiths

The opening of ‘What is the Matter? Materials, Commodities, Narratives’ at Kelham Island Museum on 12th September 2019 was a great success. There were over 150 visitors and the museum was buzzing with conversations and excitement about seeing a well-loved Sheffield institution with new eyes. Many people commented on how having contemporary art amongst the museum’s displays made them notice and reconsider artefacts and stories.

August 2019 – Workshops now booking

Material Voice artists are offering two hands-on making workshops during their exhibition ‘What is the Matter? Materials, Commodities, Narratives’ at Kelham Island Museum.

Please go to the Events page to find out more and for booking details.

Opening Event

12 September 2019

5.00 – 7.30

Free and open all, including entry to Museum

Kelham Island Museum
Alma Street
S3 8RY

What is the Matter?

Materials, Commodities, Narratives

Sculptural works by women artists from the Material Voice collective amongst the displays at Kelham Island Museum

12 – 29 September 2019

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY

Museum open Monday – Thursday 10 – 4, Sunday 11– 4.45

There is an admission charge to the museum.


June 2019 – ACE funding awarded

Material Voice are delighted to have been awarded funding by Arts Council England for their first major project as a collective.

The artists are working in partnership with Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield and will be making interventions for the Museum’s collections displays which will be exhibited 12th – 29th September 2019.

The artists will also be offering workshops and other events at the Museum.

More information to follow soon.

May 2019 – Peer mentoring

Material Voice were awarded funding by Making Ways to establish themselves as a peer mentoring group that through a programme of structured meetings will develop their arts practice and bring the work of themselves and other women artists in Sheffield to prominence. 

The Material Voice collective held two day meetings. The first day the artists came together to discuss and critique each other’s work and to explore the connections they shared. The second day the artists invited Abi Spinks, a freelance curator from Nottingham, to talk with them about their practices and to give her expertise about how to exhibit together.

Mentoring session held at Bloc Projects, Sheffield.

Making Ways is an ambitious three-year project to demonstrate, celebrate and develop exceptional contemporary visual art produced in Sheffield. It is funded by Arts Council England, Sheffield City Council, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.