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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. The film will be premiered in the gallery on 23rd June and will also be available to stream online.