Flat + Earth: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art In Sheffield.

Sidney + Matilda Gallery are pleased to present an ambitious exhibition of new landscape paintings and drawings by an eclectic group of regional and international Artists.

The exhibition takes place between Friday 22nd February and Friday 15th March.

Nestled amongst a cluster of conceptual galleries, institutions and project spaces, the show is a definite departure; focusing on contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture.

In a culture clash of urban and rural vistas new developments replace the landscape of traditional industry, buildings crumble under the weight of aggressive development whilst artists reflect on our place within contemporary landscape. Flat + Earth attempts to tackle the eclectic nature of the changing climate; its vulnerability and physicality – a stress powerfully apparent in Sheffield.

This exhibition embraces contemporary society, addressing the tension and anxieties that arise from it. Despite the apparent unravelling of the world around us, artists stubbornly continue to create work confined within the parameters of the flat surface. Glorifying traditional mediums, celebrating painting and the scratching of marks on canvas, the work speaks of physical things, of earth and wood, stone and paper- landscape as environment, object and as something created from paint, clay or concrete.

What’s behind the name, Flat + Earth?

Flat = artist surface  + Earth = reference landscape, physical materials used to create artwork. 

Artists exhibiting: Edwin Aitken, Hannah Brown, Gary Colclough, Graham Crowley, Tom Down, Paul Evans, Charlie Franklin, Mik Godley, Gareth Kemp, Arantza Pardo, Mandy Payne, Julian Perry, Matt Raw, Joanna Whittle, Sean Williams.

Curator Joanna Whittle said: “Curating Flat-Earth has been an amazing opportunity for me to bring together the work of such a strong group of artists making powerful and relevant work which tackles the traditions of representing landscape and our place within it. The variety of approaches allows for a wide range of experiences and interpretations whilst creating a strong and cohesive exhibition which exemplifies the richness of this genre today”.

Gallery director Al Daw said: “Sheffield has a wealth of Artistic talent, Flat + Earth give us an opportunity to expose that alongside a group of relevant, outstanding and newly produced international work. The ongoing strength of Sheffield’s creative output is explored against a backdrop of massive redevelopment and the shifting of the creative thinking in this city. There’s also an ongoing conversation regarding nature, particularly trees in Sheffield being uprooted for development, this is also considered by Artists in the show.

I’m immensely excited by the potential of the gallery, this show highlights the ambitions of Sidney + Matilda in housing ambitious, completely independent contemporary Art exhibitions.”

Gallery opening times:

12 noon – 6PM Tuesday to Saturday

Viewings also available by appointment, visitors please contact the gallery to arrange.

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