Artistic Projects

Each year Off the Shelf works with a number of partner cultural organisations to create innovative and exciting artistic projects. 

Look out for:

Hey You! by Richard Hawley: This Text and the City artwork was commissioned by Off the Shelf to celebrate the Year of Making.  It can be seen in the Avenue at the Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield 1.  The new work is by award winning Sheffield born musician Richard Hawley.  The artwork is funded by Arts Council England in collaboration with Sheffield Museums Trust, University of Sheffield, Eleven Design and Paul Swales.

It's Raining Words: Off the Shelf worked with American street artist Peregrine Church.  Peregrine has created water-activated art with words that are only visible when it rains.  He uses superhydrophobic nanotechnology to create the work which has been a huge hit in his own city.  In a UK premiere, you can experience rain words in Sheffield.  Sites in the city centre and beyond have revealed Sheffield sayings and Sheffield song lyrics, as if by magic - but only when it rains.  And there was one very special piece of text which was written for the festival by playwright and author Alan Bennett.  The words will naturally fade so look out for them on rainy days while you can.  

The project was funded by Arts Council England as part of Cultural Destinations and also by Sheffield BID and the University of Sheffield.  Project in collaboration with Yellow Bus Events and Festival of the Mind and part of Sheffield's Year of Making.

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