Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
4:30 PM 24th November 2021

Kelham Island Museum To Showcase Region's Artists And Makers

Jennie Gill in her studio
Jennie Gill in her studio
A group of Sheffield based artists and makers have curated an event to showcase handmade quality pieces that have been hand crafted in Yorkshire.

The event, entitled Selected Space: Sheffield takes place at Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Sheffield on 11th and 12th December. The show will feature the work of over 30 emerging and experienced artists, including David Mayne and Roanna Wells who were involved with the ‘Sheffield Bears' project that raised over £750,000 for the new cancer and leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

An example of Francisca Onumah's work - Oxidised Copper Pleated Vase - Photo Credit Jerry Lampson
An example of Francisca Onumah's work - Oxidised Copper Pleated Vase - Photo Credit Jerry Lampson
Organised by Selected Space, a collective of four contemporary northern jewellers, Chris Boland, Jane Dzisiewski, Jennie Gill and Emily Thatcher, the event is an opportunity for mixed media artists who have missed out on shows during the pandemic to showcase their work. "The aim of the event isn't just selling our work, it's about building networks for makers and their audience into 2022, supporting each other and sharing contacts ,showcasing and spreading the words ‘buy better , buy less , buy local!' Our region is full of talented makers and artists and Selected Space is a great opportunity for them to engage with the public," said Sheffield jeweller, Jennie Gill.

"In addition to David Mayne and Roanna Wells, Rita Britton from Nomad Atelier will also be exhibiting with us. Her garments are hand made in Barnsley and she's a bit of an institution. We also have several exhibitors that have just been selected for awards, including Francisca Onumah, a silversmith who creates tactile textured vessels and jewellery which mimic figurative forms, plus established artists like leading contemporary British silversmith, Brett Payne."

Entry to the event, that takes place from 10.30am to 5pm on Saturday, 11th and 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday, 12th December, costs £2 and all proceeds will go to the Sheffield Museum Trust Charity. Tickets are available to pre-book on Eventbrite and on the door.

"Selected Space: Sheffield offers visitors a unique shopping experience not available to them on the high street - a chance to engage with and buy direct from the makers - and we're looking forward to a great event," concluded Ms Gill.