April 2021: Upcoming Exhibition

Matter Out of Place artists’ exchange, 2021. Mixed media.
Photo: Kate Langrish-Smith

Material Voice are excited to announce their upcoming exhibition ‘Matter Out of Place’.

The exhibition will take place at Yorkshire Artspace Persistence Works Gallery, 17th June – 10th July 2021.

Matter Out of Place explores questions of disruption, control, risk and trust; finding ways to navigate through a global pandemic, to support and nurture artists with differing viewpoints and audiences missing physical interaction with each other and with art. 

Matter Out of Place will be a collaborative production of works by Gillian Brent, Mandy Gamsu, Kate Langrish-Smith, Clee Claire Lee, Laura Page and Sarah Villeneau, and artists from Artworks South Yorkshire and Burton Street Arts.

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.