Sheffield Fringe

Bloc Studio Artists

Bloc Studios is an artist-led studio complex hosting 70 artists working across painting, sculpture, photography, film/video, live art, art writing and print. Its mission is to create a creative and stimulating environment for artists to work in. The site also houses Bloc Projects gallery, a not for profit artist-led project space that hosts a programme of exhibitions, events educational projects.


Susanne Palzer

Susanne Palzer | Studio 15 |

Susanne Palzer is a cross-disciplinary artist, researcher and performer based in Sheffield, UK. Her current practice investigates the intersection of digital and analogue forms, in particular the fusion of digital technology and physical performance. Susanne Palzer is a co-director of Access Space, Sheffield and the curator of the performance events OPENPLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT.

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Rita Kaisen

Rita Kaisen | Studio 56 |

My current projects are focused on drawing. The work is largely figurative and inspired by every-day objects, conversations and occurrences, but will tend to transform these observations into something new. The work is inspired by notions of myth-making, popular culture, signs & symbols, and the use of scale and repetition.

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Stephen Todd

Stephen Todd | Studio 17 |

“Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre” (A Berlin Chronicle 1932, Walter Benjamin). The way we look at the landscape, the way it is recorded and represented, determines how we understand and internalise it. It defines what we expect to see. Facts are constructed. “A meaningful connection to the past demands, above all, active engagement. It demands imagination and empathy” (Why History Matters, 1997, G. Lerner) @artfulstevie

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Sean Williams

Sean Williams | Studio 18 |

The locations portrayed in my paintings represent the in-between spaces of everyday life. Factual and symbolic, the subject matter often relates to states of being and feeling that can be as unfixed, open to question and awaiting definition as any geographical locale featured… My paintings mimic the medium of photography until the marks of the brush are revealed upon closer inspection. This discovery of intense labour shifts the viewer’s focus from the subject matter depicted to the medium itself. In this respect, the work is as much a comment about the production of art as it is a reflection of contemporary urbanity.

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Sarah-Jane Palmer

Sarah-Jane Palmer | Studio 21 |

The central theme within my creative practice focuses on the double take, the subtle differentiation between an immersive gaze and a passing glance, where an image becomes an illusion that changes from one thing into another, or disappears completely. Drawn to the affect of film like a painting that comes to life, I’m interested in the aesthetics of early motion pictures from expressionist and surrealist filmmakers. I am particularly interested in the element of surprise that occurs through the process of drawing and developing patterns and animations, drawing on elements of eroticism, humour, and suspense.

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Helen Stokes

Helen Stokes | Studio 22 |

My work is about our interaction with objects, materials and the built environment. I create paintings and assemblages, handling iconic and everyday subject matter with a distinctive irreverence. The works serve as a reminder of the viewer’s physical connection to and separation from the world of materials. I draw inspiration from contemporary visual stimuli – pavements, football fields and rubber gloves – and from images of the Classical past. I read into the stuff of antique lands – teetering columns and crumbling arches – the ruins of Shelley’s colossal wreck. The images I produce are playful reinterpretations of the artefacts of other cultures. I make new structures from the remnants of others, as a way of reconsidering what we belong to, and what belongs to us.

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Dominic Mason

Dominic Mason | Studio 23 |

Dominic Mason is an artist based in Sheffield and Scunthorpe in the Yorkshire and Humber region of England. He is co-director of Bloc Projects, Sheffield and exhibitions officer at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe. As an artist his work is interdisciplinary, varied and intuitive, often responding to specific spaces or circumstances; an exploration of a universe in which any real answers lay just out of reach.

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Janie Moore

Janie Moore | Studio 24 |

As a multidisciplinary artist I’m open to whichever media the idea needs. Though I consider it all to be a form of drawing. A point of view which liberates mark-making from the page, to be composed of interactions between any surface. And as such it becomes the embodiment of what I describe as the discursive space – the desire to connect through the provenance of shared experience, that state of coming from and returning to which inheres to an object.

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Kirsty E Smith

Kirsty E Smith | Studio 33 |

We live in a constant dialogue between memory and our experiences of the present. Kirsty E Smith’s practice draws on a passion for architecture and the optimism of Futurism. As humans we have a fundamental need to make sense of the world and our place in it. Our experiences come into the brain in a vast flow of neural impulses from the eye, the ear, the tongue, skin and so on. Smith’s intention is to create work which resonates on a deeply emotive level and which acts as a vehicle to reconnect with a ‘place’ or memory deep in our subconscious. Frillip Moolog is the name that she has given to such a place.

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David Jones

David Jones | Studio 34 |

With my recent paintings I have been revisiting the feelings and impressions of living in Arabia during the mid 70’s when I was a child. The strangeness of arriving in a place that was still being built, the surreal expanses of concrete foundations for houses, shops, hospitals etc. that would one day form a town, empty of site workers on days off. I am interested in how as a culture we categorize phenomena and by what criteria we evaluate and label hierarchies of objects and experiences and to what extent our experience of living is covertly prescribed by the incessant “noise” of modern living.

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