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In The Open

In the Open, Sheffield: an exhibition of collaborative artworks around place, landscape and environment

Curated by Judith Tucker

6–28 September 2017

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery 153 Arundel St, Sheffield S1 2NU
10am–5pm daily, including weekends and until 8pm Wednesdays


Bank Street Arts 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS
11am-4pm Wednesdays to Saturdays

Private view 6 September 6-9pm, to include poetry readings and performances

This two-venue exhibition brings together works by those who practice collaboratively and variously as artists, poets, performers, curators and academics. All work has been made by at least two collaborators across disciplines to explore, through research and practice, ideas around landscape, place, ecology and environment. Some of the collaborative groupings are new, having been brought together especially for this exhibition, contrasting with other long-standing working relationships.  The exhibition reflects artists’ pre-occupation and experimentation with space on the wall, on screen and within the book-space in relation to landscape. The exhibition consists of artworks in a variety of media, including artists' books, texts, images, films, paintings and objects, all of which are the result of Cross, Multi, Inter, Trans collaborative practices. Exhibiting these works in conversation with each other, will offer an enriched perspective of our relationship to landscape and expand notions of collaboration.

This exhibition is run in association with Cross Multi Inter Trans: Biennial Conference of ASLE-UKI with Land2, 6-8 September 2017 at Sheffield Hallam University.

Keynote Speakers:

The conference is co-hosted by the School of English, Sheffield Hallam University, the School of English, University of Sheffield, and the School of Design, University of Leeds. It is co-sponsored by ASLE-UKI (The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland) and LAND2 (“land squared”), a creative practice-led research network of artist/lecturers and research students with an interest in landscape/place-oriented art practice.



Judith Tucker and Harriet Tarlo have a photo essay of In the Open, Sheffield in Plumwood Mountain AN AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ECOPOETRY AND ECOPOETICS Volume 5 Number 2. We are very grateful to the editor Anne Elvey for this opportunity to have a permanent online record of this exhibition.