Since 2008 Sheffield based artist and academic Steve Pool and I have collaborated as The Poly-Technic using the maxim: With people in places, doing things. This work builds on a history of artists working with communities. We create opportunities for ourselves and others to come together to make, talk and think.
We stepped back a few years ago and asked ourselves what can we do that’s worth doing or rather – What can art do, that’s worth doing? In response we decided to ask tough questions, critically think and open up ‘active’ spaces. To date this has included discussion groups, artist development, curated programs, radical print workshops, commissions, exhibition and international residencies.
Recent work includes:
Never-Land. 2019. Yorkshire Artspace Sheffield and Ca’Foscari Venice.
Ruskin in Europe conference. 2019. Ca’Foscari University. Venice
The best thing in Life aren’t things. PECT. Peterborough. 2018
We are not an Island. 2017–18. Sheffield and Venice.
Corridor 8 Article by curator Simon Boase
Planet B Festival. PECT and METAL. Peterborough. 2017
British Art Show. Leeds. 2016
Utopia: Festival of the Mind. Sheffield. 2016
Taking the Lead – research through action. 2015–17
The Business of Life. 2012–14
Artist Residency. Wakefield. 2013
Force of Nature. Museum Sheffield. 2013
Made for You. Yorkshire Artspace. 2012
Artists Arts and Artefacts. Leeds 2007–09