Sheffield Fringe

Bloc Projects & Bloc Studios

Bloc Projects is a not for profit artist-led project space that hosts a programme of exhibitions, events educational projects.
Bloc Studios is an artist-led studio complex comprised of 56 spaces and the Bloc Projects Gallery. Its mission is to create a creative and stimulating environment for artists to work in. 

Liz von Graevenitz

Liz von Graevenitz | Studio 31 |

“I question the fragility of human development and existence in this digital age. Using vintage music scores and comic books to explore social, political and cultural histories against this increasingly dehumanizing digital age, I consider, handle and observe these preloved objects in order to create a physical and emotional connection to the past. Thumbed musical scores and comic books printed decades ago make up multi-media works that bring us closer to the past, whilst forming a critique of digitized communities.” LvG

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Dominic Mason

Dominic Mason | Studio 32 |

Dominic Mason’s work is varied and intuitive, often gravitating towards the un-ashamedly joyful and celebratory. In the past two years this has included exhibitions, residencies and events at Ceri Hand Gallery (London), Natsupiste 1-12 (Slovakia), South Square Gallery (Bradford) and Sluice Art Fair (London).

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Sarah Jane Palmer

Sarah Jane Palmer | Studio 33-34 |

‘Net’ is an ongoing performance/installation in which Sarah continues to produce a net drawing on a 10-metre paper roll. ‘Net’ is part of a body of work based on research into Nottingham’s historic lace trade and her ancestral connections to lace design. Her work draws on elements of eroticism, humour and suspense to explore the immersive experience of pattern development and the relationships between the artist, the hand-crafted and machine-made designs.
Sarah Jane Palmer is a U.K based multi media artist, designer and filmmaker. In 2013 she graduated with distinction MA in Fine Art at the Sheffield Hallam University, she has since been awarded a 1-year residency at the Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham and been selected for Aesthetica Art Prise 2014, Bath Fringe, Wirksworth Arts Festival and Nastupiste 1-12 Gallery in Slovakia.

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Lea Torp Nielsen

Lea Torp Nielsen | Studio 37 |

Lea Torp Nielsen’s work addresses the friction and the poetry created by overlapping the narratives of found and made objects. Her assemblages, films, and collages transmit misunderstandings, collisions, fetishes and the beauty of the absurd and the familiar. Her work creates networks between seemingly disparate sets of ingredient materials and contemporary philosophy.

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Arnett Powell

Arnett Powell | Studio 38b |

In an attempt to create something beautiful out of something horrible, decorative materials and aesthetically pleasing imagery are used in this series of work. These pieces relate to the effect that operations and changes in physicality may have on body image. The depiction of internal organs and open wounds are common themes and are representations of very real experiences. Through making these pieces, Arnett aims to create an openness through sharing experiences that are sometimes difficult to communicate to others.

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Katie Jamieson

Katie Jamieson | Studio 44 |

“I create sculptures and drawings that have strong architectural influences. My site-specific installations are built on, interrogate and complement existing space. They are constructed by the creation of mass forms that grow from many small repetitive objects. My work moves between 2D and 3D, often building on and drawing simultaneously on those relationships, exploring the fluidity between two and three dimensions. Transient and fragile they also incorporate the 4th dimension – time .” -KJ

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Victoria Lucas

Victoria Lucas | Studio 9/10 |

Victoria Lucas is an artist and academic based in the North of England. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo show at Grizzly Grizzly in Philadelphia USA, and group shows at Casa Maauad in Mexico City, Nastupiste in Slovakia, and Bolsky Gallery in Los Angeles. Her interdisciplinary practice references the built environment and includes video, photography, sculpture and sound.

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Mandy Gamsu

Mandy Gamsu | Studio 14 |

I am alone on the surface
of a turning planet. What
to do but, like Michelangelo’s
Adam, put my hand
out into unknown space
hoping for the reciprocating touch.

From Threshold, R.S Thomas

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Michael Day

Michael Day | Studio 16 |

Michael Day’s practice is interdisciplinary and uses a wide range of media and technologies, including digital media, sound, installation, electronics and photography. His practice uses methods from both new media art and fine art, opening a conversation between the similar but often divergent approaches of these two related areas of art activity. His work is characterised by a visual economy and sense of displaced distance from the viewer, often highlighting moments of transit, stasis, solitude in space, and the passage of time.

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Stephen Todd

Stephen Todd | Studio 17 |

“The boundary between painting and photography is important to explore. What does the process of painting bring to the representation of the landscape/seascape? What does it offer that a photograph cannot? The photograph in turn is a tool for recording the landscape/seascape as part of the investigation, much like the sketchbook. But its processes also provide the means to create images that are themselves painterly in their quality. However, the common desire of both is to capture and describe light.” – Steven Todd is a Sheffield based artist working primarily with land and seascapes. He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, and has shown work regularly across the region and beyond. He has undertaken funded research projects at historic sites including archeological sites in Greece and Turkey, the Celtic Roman Rig in South Yorkshire and the Neolithic site of Arbor Low in Derbyshire.

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