S1 Artspace is an artist-led organisation providing studio space for over twenty Sheffield based artists and a project space, which presents an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, screenings and events.

S1 Artspace was founded in 1995 by a group of Sheffield based artists seeking to create a sustainable studio environment in Sheffield City Centre. The organisation evolved under the direction of its artist member base and it continues to adapt in response to shifts in current practice. The project space was initiated through a series of exhibitions organised by the artists at S1 studios who were aiming to provide a platform for new work and ideas.

In 2003 a curator was appointed and the project space has continued to fulfill this role by commissioning and supporting the development of new work in a wide variety of media. S1 supports and enables artists to develop new ideas and test the limits of their own practice. The programme includes a two-month artist residency, two commissioned exhibitions a year, an annual programme of artist film & video screenings (S1/salon) and the annual S1 members' show.

The S1/studios are open plan to support a flexible and discursive working environment. The studios are managed by a committee of artist members who work with the Curator and Board of Trustees to determine the direction and future of the organisation.

S1 Artist Patrons
Steve Bishop - Karla Black - Laura Buckley - Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth - Jeremy Deller - Sean Edwards - Josephine Flynn - Luke Fowler - Ryan Gander - Pil & Galia Kolectiv - Torsten Lauschmann - George Henry Longly - Haroon Mirza - Juneau Projects - James Pyman - Florian Roithmayr - Matthew Smith - Sarah Staton - Shaan Syed - Katy Woods
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Love In A Cold Climate

Sat Mar 09, 2013 18:00 - Sat May 11, 2013

Sheffield, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

With coal seams beneath it and water running through, Sheffield has a surfeit of energy. Historically this energy has produced stainless steel and electro pop. Love in a Cold Climate reflects the latent energies within the city – both industrial and social.

Works include post-Vorticist lithographs from 1919 by Edward Wadsworth depicting slag waste in the West Midlands and agit-prop designs by Jamie Reid produced during the 1973 Miner’s Strike and for the 1987 General Election. Reid’s posters were produced, respectively, to encourage people to support the miners by wasting rather than conserving electricity and on behalf of the Labour Party associated Red Wedge campaign.

Liam Gillick’s Discussion Island Preparation Zone is a residue left from mopping the gallery floor with a cocktail of vodka and glitter. The work might appear as a trace of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust concert tour that is documented with a wall drawing by Scott King. The tour took Bowie to 43 venues across Britain in the summer of 1973 including Sheffield’s City Hall.

The exhibition is illuminated with works by Anna Barham and Mandla Reuter that both methodically work through different lighting configurations in abstract exercises.

Hannah Rickards’, Some people say they think it sounds like aluminium foil but aluminium foil to me is not the sound' 2007, is an installation that follows a series of interviews with people who have perceived the Northern Lights as being accompanied by a sound.

The title of the exhibition Love in a Cold Climate is taken from George Orwell’s ‘Keep the Aspidistra Flying’, 1936. The phrase was later adopted as the title of Nancy Mitford’s novel of 1949.


S1 / salon 2012 International Call for Film & Video Submissions

Fri Sep 30, 2011 00:00

Sheffield, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

S1 Artspace is inviting submissions to the S1 / salon, the biennial season of artists’ film & video screenings.
Since 2003 S1 / salon has presented over one hundred and fifty films by artists based internationally. We are inviting artists to submit works for three new programmes of screenings which will be premiered at S1 during March 2012 and later, tour a number of UK and European venues.
There are no stipulations for entrants or material other than each work must be no longer than 10 minutes duration. Each salon screening will also feature a curated programme of contemporary works or archive material selected by the salon curator and guest selectors.
S1 / salon 2012 will be selected by a panel, comprised of guest selectors Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, artist Linder, and artist Ben Rivers.
30th September 2011.
Further Information:
For details about how to apply and for an application form, please visit For further information about the application process, please contact Chloe Reith at or telephone S1 Artspace on +44 (0) 114 2133780