HOST - Linda Bevan, Venya Krutikov, Tom Newell, Daniel Simpkins,
Terry Slater, Penny Whitehead

BLOCspace hosts six emerging Sheffield-based artists, who in turn will host a series of activities, dialogues and events, in a collaboratively curated group exhibition aiming to explore and contest traditional relationships between gallery and artist, artist and audience.

In response to their roles as guests, hosted by Bloc, the artists will explore social and hierarchical positions, cultural networks, hospitality, responsibility, intrusion and occupation. Elements of performance, sound art, video, and other media feature alongside live, durational work that seeks to be hosted and to host.

Visitors to the exhibition will be met with an unconventional greeting by Linda Bevan. Throughout the exhibition Penny Whitehead will curate May I Introduce..., a mini-festival of performances and interventions by undergraduate art students who will be gatecrashing the gallery space. Upon leaving the gallery, visitors will be guided by Daniel Simpkins through the changing cultural and architectural environment surrounding Bloc to Sheffield’s peripheral creative venues. Tom Newell and Venya Krutikov will transmit a series of haikus to public phone boxes in Sheffield city centre from various cities in the USA, and the unexpected acoustics of Walkers’ Ring, an architectural phenomenon at the gateway to the city will be explored by Terry Slater.

SPECIAL EVENTS TAKING PLACE DURING THE EXHIBITION (VISIT BLOC WEBSITE BEFORE AND DURING THE EXHIBITION FOR UPDATES):

All events will take place at BLOC unless otherwise specified.

Opening:
Fri 6 Apr 7 - 9pm
A number of performative and participatory events will take place during the evening.

May I Introduce... Discussion with Penny Whitehead:
Sat 14 Apr 5.30 - 7pm at the Rutland Arms, Brown St, S1 2BS
Drinks and informal discussion around issues of hierarchy, integration and community raised by the project.

Best of... Art in the Pub: Thu 19 April from 8pm
A student-run evening of artists' film and video, performance, live music and DJs. Showcasing the best contributions from the series.

Public Walk and Free Music Event with Daniel Simpkins: Sat 21 Apr, depart from BLOC at 1pm followed by music event at destination.

Artists' Discussion: Sun 22 April 2pm