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.


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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Arnett Powell

Arnett Powell | Studio 38 |

Ulcerative Colitis is part of a series of work exploring representations of illness as objects of beauty. The use of textiles helps to depict the viscera of the body, whilst maintaining a decorative appearance. Through making these pieces, I aim to create an openness through sharing experiences that are sometimes difficult to communicate to others.

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Silvia Champion

Silvia Champion | Studio 38 |

Situated between performance art, sculpture, language, sound and video my projects often respond to a specific place or situation combining one or more of these disciplines. My presence and role as an artist are often crucial throughout the project. This means being in control of process and outcome as well as design of the intervention as a whole. My work is not tied to the direct activation of the viewer, or their literal participation, but there is an overlapping of the social and the aesthetic aspects of the work.

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Faunagraphic and Rocket01

Faunagraphic and Rocket01 | Studio 1 |

We are a duo of street artists based in Sheffield; our work is inspired by nature and science. Specialising in Graphic design, illustration, and spraypainting, we run our own personal websites and also a commercial website. We work from our studio in Sheffield when working on canvas projects, screenprinting projects, and any other spraywork that needs doing.

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Rachael Hand

Rachael Hand | Studio 41a |

Rachael Hand’s practice is an enquiry into the aesthetic properties of images. Her books, photographs, and films explore relationships between stillness and motion, the ephemeral and the enduring, embodied experience and abstract meaning, the personal and the universal. Hand will be showing Pencil Drawing (2015) a sound and video installation made as part of a recent collaboration with Abigail Hackett and Pete Dodd of the University of Sheffield, studying the movements of children in a playgroup. Housed within a child’s play-table, the piece conjures up the rattle of pencils being flung onto a table-top, on which plays a sequence of images that echoes the complexity and creativity of the children’s actions.

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Richard Bartle

Richard Bartle | Studio 7 |

My latest works are a return to narrative, looking backwards and forwards through one’s memory banks in search of those uncanny moments. A return to a textured, tactile practice, a return to colour for colour’s sake, to the very essence of the image within. These new works represent a turn in my artistic practice towards that which gives pleasure, and towards a more vibrant world view.

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Allen Williams

Allen Williams |  Studio 45 |

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