Art Sheffield 2013: Top ten Sheffield exhibitions and events for this year's festival

By Ben Miller | 03 October 2013

Art Sheffield returns with a radicalised, wide-ranging programme between now and mid-December. Here are ten to look out for...

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Forced Entertainment at The Crucible this Art Sheffield
Tomorrow’s Parties – Forced Entertainment, Crucible Studio Theatre, Thursday

The UK premiere of a series of hypothetical glances into possible futures explores dystopian and utopian possibilities. From the nightmarish to the absurd and comical, this is a chance to enter dream worlds.

The Days of the Commune — Zoe Beloff, Graves Gallery, Friday

Blessed with the capacity to combine incredible imagination with tales from history, Zoe Beloff’s installation, The Days of the Commune, might sound far-fetched in less capable hands: merging a radical restaging of a late 1940s Brecht play with elements of the current Occupy movement, its conclusions are potentially revolutionary. Join the artist for a talk where the work is the backdrop, followed by questions and answers.

Arena Presents: Joseph Beuys, Graves Gallery, from Friday

On an unlikely career path, Joseph Beuys has gone from World War II Stuka pilot to sculptor, performance artist, teacher and uncompromising politician. Michael Maloney looks at his extraordinary life in a documentary screening until December, accompanied by Beuys’ 1980 film, Economic Values, in Gallery III during the festival.

Making Diverse Economies – Charlotte Morgan and Julia Udall, Portland Works, Saturday

The pressing topic of urban economics is the agenda for this discussion and series of expert presentations. Co-production, social enterprising and co-operatives are a few of the themes.

Artist Talk: Mikhail Karikis, Site Gallery, Saturday

Mikhail Karikis’ latest film, Children of Unquiet, sees a group of Italian children take over villages and industrial settings, abandoned by workers in a Tuscan geothermal region where the vaporous wasteland has been nicknamed The Devil’s Valley. The artist will discuss this fourth and final film in the Work Quartet series he has spent four years developing.

4th Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, from Saturday

One of the world’s largest exhibitions of artist’s books, this year’s prize features more than 450 volumes from 35 countries. Workshops and events accompany an exhibition which continues until the end of November.

Victoria Lucas, Castle Market, from Monday

A landmark since the 1960s but slated for redevelopment since the 1980s, the site of Castle Market is about to be demolished and replaced by a swanky new home for traders on The Moor. The old architecture is ripe for an artistic response, and Victoria Lucas will evoke the sense of transition in a residency lasting until November 16.

Oliver Ressler: Screening Programme, Bloc Projects, October 16

Oliver Ressler likes to turn his film-making attentions to economics, democracy, resistance and social alternatives. Bloc are hosting his new work – The Plundering has been co-commissioned for the festival – and complementing it with this evening of film works made by the artist in recent years.

Work! Work! Work! , Prime Mover, Granton Works, October 19

If artists are not always noted for their athletic prowess, this pulse-racing showdown could test the theory. Under a mystery set of rules which will be decided by organiser David McLeavy, creative groups will be challenged to take part and have artistic conversations within a sporting event.

The Sheffield Print Fair Sheffield Printmakers, St Mary’s Church, November 16

Lino, wood, screen, mono, aquatint and more as South Yorkshire print artists look good on paper and beyond. The group aim to make their works accessible and affordable to admirers.

Art Sheffield 2013 runs October 4 - December 14. Visit for more.

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