We are a not-for-profit organization, promoting art and artists in and around Sheffield throughout the year.
Open Up Sheffield offers artists opportunities to showcase their work, engage a curious public, and network with other artists, all within a supportive digital and live environment. We aim to serve visual artists, participants and audiences by serving and developing their longer-term needs, creating long-term value to our work.
Benefits for artists include:
Nuala Price - Chair: Fine Art Media Practitioner
Nuala has a BA in Fine Arts and has been involved in the Sheffield art scene (including Garden Rooms, Eve Art, and Portland Works studios) for the past 12 years. She also has 25 years’ experience working in an architectural practice throughout Europe, including with The British School at Rome. She has been published in many academic publications.
Sue Lancaster - Vice Chair: Textile Artist
Sue has a BA Hons in Embroidery, a Post Graduate Certificate in Art Education, is Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a member of Sheffield’s Art Through Textiles group. She runs a successful textiles studio as a space for her to be creative as well as a place for others to learn a variety of textile processes.
Karen Graham - Company Secretary: Weaver/Textile Artist
Karen has been weaving for more than 30 years and has been a member of the Hallamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers for most of that time. She also helped to establish a Sheffield artists’ co-operative which ran its own independent gallery for several years.
Pam Jordan - Treasurer
Pam has over 30 years’ professional experience in finance and financial management in the public sector, and has been a supporter of visual arts in Sheffield for many years. She is also studying part time for City and Guilds Stitched Textiles at Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio.
Philippa French: Painter
Philippa is a practising multi-media artist, trained in Textiles and Art History. She has run her own gallery, and has experience of developing visual arts in the retail and community sectors through organising exhibitions and workshops at a college for special needs students.
Brian Holland: Potter and Sculptor
Brian has 25 years’ senior arts management experience, including as Chair of the Northern Potters Association, and Sheffield Community Arts Trust, and holds an M.A. in Art & Design from Sheffield Hallam University. Brian has participated in exhibitions across Europe and is a senior figure in Sheffield’s visual arts education sector.
Annette Petch: Jeweller
Annette has a BA Hons in Three Dimensional Design, and has been designing and making jewellery for many years. She exhibits widely, and has work in many private collections. Annette is also an experienced educator, and likes to share her skills with others in her studio.
Phil Lockwood: Painter
Phil is a practising artist and a qualified furniture designer. He is active (and has been, for the last 20 years) in organising the Great Sheffield Art Show, is on the committee of the Heeley Art Club and has previously helped to run the Art in the Gardens event.
Bryan Munsey: Creative Wood Turner
Bryan is an accomplished creative wood turner of over 30 years, and a member of Sheffield Woodturners’ Club. As a keen environmentalist, Bryan works only with reclaimed South Yorkshire timber in his own converted studio space.
Rachel Poole: Glass and Willow Artist
Rachel has a B.Ed (Hons), and demonstrates/teaches for various museums, primary and secondary schools, facilitating large community/church project works throughout South Yorkshire. She has commissioned pieces in the Hallamshire Hospital, Standedge Visitors Centre and All Saints Church Silkstone, and has also worked for Channel 4’s Build a New Life in the Country.