A new exhibition at the Millennium Gallery this summer is set to showcase the remarkable breadth of artistic talent at work in Sheffield today. Opening on Wednesday 7 June, Everything Flows forms part of Making Ways, a major three-year programme celebrating and cultivating the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.
Everything Flows brings together work by emerging and established Sheffield-based artists, including Paul Barlow, Rose Butler, Joseph Cutts, Natalie Finnemore, Ruth Levene, Victoria Lucas, Peter Martin, Ryan Mosley and Ian Nesbitt. Curated by Jeanine Griffin, the exhibition features works united, in different ways, by a sense of ‘flow’, from choreographed and kinetic motion to the movement of international finance and migration.
Everything Flows invites visitors to explore these streams of ideas through a diverse range of painting, sculpture, video, and photography and sound: Joseph Cutts’ hypnotic video works revel in the sinuous movement of mechanical objects, while Natalie Finnemore’s blurring of functional and sculptural objects playfully orchestrates our movement around them. Rose Butler’s Come and Go (2016) also explores the flow of the body in an interactive installation revisiting one of the first films produced by The Edison Manufacturing Company. In recreating the original film, which was developed to showcase the mesmeric movement of the medium, Butler re-imagines it for today’s surveillance age.
Everything Flows also includes a film screening and showreel exploring the flow of migration. Artist Ian Nesbitt brings together two organisations he works with – Annexinema (which curates nomadic screening events) and Open Kitchen Social Club (an organisation set up to provide food and support for asylum seekers, refugees and those in need in the wider community) – for an offsite film and food event in conjunction with the exhibition (taking place on Thursday 22 June, as part of Refugee Week). This screening will also be represented as a showreel of moving image works in the gallery space.
Everything Flows opens at the Millennium Gallery on Wednesday 7 June and continues until 3 September 2017. Entry to the exhibition is free.