Persistence Works Gallery
21 Brown Street
Sheffield S1 2BS
17 June – 10 July 2021
During lockdown, members of Material Voice have been experimenting with socially distanced ways of working collaboratively. By exchanging sculptural propositions and responding to them, the artists have developed a process that challenges and enhances their individual practices and is building into a dynamic, multi-voiced body of work.
For the Matter Out of Place exhibition five members of the collective have chosen to extend the exchange and response process beyond the collective to work with artists with learning disabilities from Artworks South Yorkshire and Burton Street Arts. The work produced as a result of this exchange is providing stimuli for the Material Voice artists to explore and develop into sculptural interventions in the Persistence Works gallery.
Material Voice are delighted to welcome a new member to the collective, photographer and filmmaker Laura Page who will be making a film of the exhibition, available to view in the gallery from 23rd June and online.
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.
Work from all the artists involved in the exchanges will be displayed in the exhibition.
There will be individual and collaborative responses from Material Voice artists Gillian Brent, Mandy Gamsu, Kate Langrish-Smith, Clee Claire Lee and Sarah Villeneau to the exchanges and to the theme of Matter Out of Place.