Sheffield is full to bursting with incredible artists and creative folk and we have been led to believe second to London in the number of artists per square foot. Happy not to question this and to embrace an opportunity to value the unrivalled contribution that art makes to our city. The Sheffield Antiques Quarter is a vibrant part of Sheffield and an up&coming destination for the city. The area is large, and a mix of retail, residential and semi-industrial, spanning many roads and communities.
From the beginning of the quarter some 5 years ago the group always kept the entire area in mind with a development that has very much come from within. We want to put a unique and vibrant stamp on the Quarter so when you’ve arrived you will know you have arrived and we believe that art is the glue to hold it all together. We are working hard to promote community cohesion by building good relationships throughout the areas of Sharrow, Abbeydale and Heeley and are key stakeholders in the local Community Partnership. As part of this we are undertaking all manner of art projects and are trying to link with schools and our communities to help build feelings of belonging and ownership.
Thanks to all the artists and business owners who have supported the ‘Art & Mural’ Projects and to SCC for their understanding and cooperation as well as to ‘Open Reach’ who made the unbelievable decision to let us paint their graffiti riddled green boxes. Thanks also to the council for the contribution made by the Sustainable Communities funding and also by local Councillors through the Netheredge & Sharrow ward pots. Not forgetting the incredible support given by so many local people and businesses to our crowdfunding to ‘Sign the Quarter’.
Although the response has been overwhelmingly supportive with the vast majority of local people, young people, kids and visitors loving the artwork we also accept (and hope others will too) that #maybethisonesnotforyou
Thank you – there is so much that can be done and this is just the beginning….
Below are just a few examples of some of the great street art to be found in the area and there are now around 35-40 piece in the quarter….. this website is in the process of being developed to show all the artwork and their locations please bear with us….. and for now exploring on foot is highly recommended.
Jo Peel @ Hagglers Corner
Jo Peel is an incredible Sheffield artist and produced the first commissioned mural for the Quarter. Jo painted this wonderful mural in 2015 on the gable end of Hagglers Corner at the Queens Road entrance to the quarter. By incorporating, into her piece, some iconic local buildings to include the Abbeydale Picture House and The Madina Mosque, she inadvertently made the focus ‘community’ and drew the quarter into a more significant partnership.
Jo’s work is startling and made even more captivating by her use of ‘stop motion time lapse’ … Check out this fabulous video of her piece Things Change
The Antiques Quarter owe a massive debt of gratitude to Jo Peel for her work on this piece as, like many of the artists who have contributed to the quarters street art projects, she did it for arts sake.
Thanks for this incredible artwork… much loved by Sheffield…
Nick Ball, Benedict Robinson, Disa & Jo Peel @ Hagglers Corner Courtyard
In their gorgeous courtyard Haggler’s Corner held a graffiti Jam in 2013 commissioning Nick Ball, Benedict Robinson, Disa & Jo Peel to paint some lovely mural pieces creating a fabulous atmosphere and a tranquil haven away from the busy traffic of Queens Road. They have plans for a new mural in 2017 so catch this one before it goes. Here a link to the Jam
Simon Kent – Secret Garden Doors @ Lowfield School
Despite no longer existing we are adding these to the trail as we will with all those that may disappear over time. Irrespective of this fact they still existed and at one time were part of it. The time put in by artists and the money to pay for paint was still well spent. These 2 door ways were painted at the start when our art projects were gingerly emerging and these set the scene for the start of our plans to glue the area together with art. Here the savagely, breeze-blocked doorways of the Victorian toilets that might lead to the playground of Lowfield school cried out to become some secret garden trompe-l’œil. Thanks to Norman Salt and Rita Stephens for their generous contribution to materials.
Sam Parr @ The Heeley Bank Antiques Centre
Local artist Sam Parr was commissioned to this timeless ‘fashion though the ages’ piece on the side of the Heeley Bank Antiques Centre. The mural sways the viewer from Penny-farthings to Punks. Sam sells work in the Corner Gallery located at the centers as well as throughout the city. Thanks to all involved and Paul for his addition of fine touchings….
Sam Parr Website
The Corner Gallery
The Corner Gallery in The Quarter
Colorarti – Bollards @ Heeley Bank Antiques Centre and Scattered around the quarter….
Color has wormed his way into the quarter’s art trail with his spray cans and humor, brightening up the boring pebble-dashed concrete bollards that are littered round the area… Find them at Heeley Bank Antiques Centre, The Rude Shipyard, The Pirate Ship and Jameson’s fine things….
Simon Kent @ Langton Antiques Centre
Simon Kent was attracted to the position of the windows of this dilapidated wall on the side of Allison Law Solicitors at Heeley Bottom. After musing for sometime he could resist it no longer and painted this retro robot head. This piece should be checked out sooner rather than later as the solicitors have taken an aversion to it.
However, as well as entertaining many with his interpretation of these windup icons of the 50’s Simon might just have spurred on the lawyers to dig a little and fix their peeling bare plaster. You never know we might even get them to sponsor the next piece!!!
Simon is a well known in the city for wheeling his chainsaw round wood to uncover the soul within and if this wasn’t torture enough for setting fire to them
Simon Kent Website
Lucy Bullen – Langtons Antiques Cente, The Vaults, The Abbeydale Picture House & Jameson’s Fine Things
Lucy Bullen is a Sheffield-based illustrator and prop maker working mainly within the UK film and media industries. We commissioned her to design these posters for an antipollution project funded by our lovely local Councillors. Rather than risk putting visitors off by admonishing them for using cars, or highlighting problems with parking and congestion, the posters aim to encourage walking as a great way to show off vintage purchases. They also intend to promote the Quarter itself as a place to find fashion, furniture and good food, and to meet fellow vintage-lovers. The posters are based on well-known retro images and lettering styles. ‘Get Spotted’ is inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck scooting around in Roman Holiday and by William Klein’s iconic Capucci shoot for Vogue. ‘Stop Traffic’ is a combination of the 1960’s “Mini traffic jam” publicity stunts and posters for Doris Day screwball comedies. ‘Strut’ pastiches the opening sequence of the film Saturday Night Fever and the peacocking machismo synonymous with the 1970s. Printed and erected by Broadfield Signs.
Thanks to all involved especially Lucy who didn’t take a penny for her efforts.
Jools Mathew Murals @ The White Lion
This art in the garden piece can be found at old local pub ‘The White Lion’ on Chesterfield Road. Nestled in their cosy pub garden is a wildlife garden back drop mural that incorporates foxes and butterflies painted by local artist Jools Mathews. It’s a real retreat and we hope this attention to detail and the desire to make spaces lovely will be catchy and that we will see more pub patrons supporting Sheffield artists with their commissions.
Green Man Trail @ Meersbrook Park
The Meersbrook Park Green Man Sculpture Trail has only just started. The Green Man is an ancient symbol of fertility and growth, associated with nature and woodland. He dates back to Norman times, when Sheffield was covered in forest and woodland-dwellers would shoot at intruders with bows and arrows from a vantage point high up in the trees. The Green Man heads acted as an ancient form of scarecrow, making it appear that more people were up in the trees than there actually were! Sheffield-based sculptor, Paul Casson-Yardley, of Capo Ferro Sculpture designs and creates the Green Man sculptured heads using Portland Stone. They are suitable for outdoor display, and each one is slightly different. Some have a cheeky, mischievous air, while others exert a sense of calm and stability. The sculptured Green Men heads are positioned in trees around the lower half of Meersbrook Park – how many can you spot?
Sponsored by: Capo Ferro Sculpture
Capo Ferro Website
Tel: 07979 273599