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Matter Out of Place

Material Voice:
Matter Out of Place
17th June - 10th July 2021
Persistence Works

Thursday, Friday & Saturday
11am - 5pm

Matter Out of Place explores questions of disruption, control, risk and trust. Finding ways to navigate through a global pandemic, Sheffield based women’s artist collective Material Voice aim to engage audiences who might be missing physical interaction with each other and with art, and offer a platform for artists with differing viewpoints and backgrounds.

During lockdown, the artists have been experimenting with socially distanced ways of working together by giving each other artworks to respond to remotely. To extend this creative process they have reached out to artists with learning disabilities at ArtWorks South Yorkshire and Burton Street Arts to exchange materials, artworks and ideas.

Inspired by the work produced during this exchange, as well as the experience of living through a pandemic, Gillian Brent, Mandy Gamsu, Kate Langrish-Smith, Clee Claire Lee and Sarah Villeneau will respond by producing new 'sculptural interventions' for the gallery at Persistence Works. These will be exhibited alongside work made by all the artists who have engaged with the project.

Photographer and filmmaker Laura Page will produce an abstract film in response to the exhibition, available to watch below:

Laura Page


  • Facemasks must be worn in the gallery, unless you are exempt.

  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands as you enter.

  • You will be asked to scan our NHS Track & Trace QR code, or provide contact information.

  • Numbers in the gallery will be limited and you may be asked to wait outside.