Galvanize Festival of Contemporary Metal shows off talent and innovation of Sheffield

By Culture24 Reporter | 24 April 2013

Festival preview: Galvanize Festival of Contemporary Metal, various venues, Sheffield, May 3-31 2013

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Jewellery by Dorry Hsu Tao forms part of the Stain-Less exhibition at Sheffield Hallam University's SIA Gallery© Dorry Hsu Tao
From factory tours in Rotherham and a snoop around the Cutlers' Hall – a Grade II-listed, 1832 building which has promoted steel in Sheffield for 400 years – to and copper bowl workshops, the return of Galvanize is a tribute to industrial history and a showcase of cutting-edge contemporary art.

More than 50 South Yorkshire designers are involved. There are also programmes by the prolific likes of Yorkshire Artspace, Museums Sheffield and the Sheffield Assay Office, which has roots in a petition to Parliament by silversmiths keen to practise their art during the late 18th century.

Mir Jansen, the Chair of the festival’s Steering Group, says metal “is as important to us as Shakespeare is to Stratford”.

“The festival gives us the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent and fantastic innovations in the city,” she adds.

“We want to share our metal heritage, cultural excellence and ongoing creativity with the rest of the UK and beyond.”

A momentous year for the steel city’s past, 2013 is the centenary of stainless steel being invented by local entrepreneur Harry Brearley.

Exhibitions following in his creative footsteps include Drew Markou (contemporary designs at the MADE North Gallery, for their Future in the Making show), Stain-Less (jewellery and body adornments at Sheffield Hallam University) a Pop Up Jewellery Day and industrial production and handcrafts at the Butcher Works Gallery.

More pictures:

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Karina Gill, Crown. Silver etched bowl. From the Aesthetics of Manufacture at Butcher Works Gallery© Karina Gill
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Drew Markou, Extrovert (2012). Brooch. At Yorkshire Artspace's as part of the Future in the Making exhibition© Drew Markou
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Greig Alderman's Earth Diver (2011) will be part of the Pop Up Jewellery Day at Yorkshire Artspace's Persistence Works on May 18© Greig Alderman
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Jenny Deans' The Long Curve Neckpiece is part of Stain-Less. Photo: John McKenzie© Jenny Deans
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