All Good Stuff launch exciting Sheffield Art Workshops
Sheffield Unchained meets with All Good Stuff workshop coordinator Ben Partridge to discuss latest developments at the Sheffield city centre art gallery and shop, since the opening in May last year.
All Good Stuff celebrated their official launch last July with Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan. Now they host 52 independent local artists in their art gallery and shop. Situated in the grade II listed Butcher Works on Arundel street, they have grown to include a creative work space for artists and events.
Ben Partridge explains that the ethos of All Good Stuff (AGS) is to to demonstrate that art is not exclusive and should be shared with local people. The community interest company aims to build the artistic community through showcasing local artists and offering employment, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities through their student volunteer scheme.
Ben describes the exciting programme of art workshops which started in May and through which AGS hopes to expand the skills of the makers and encourage the public to come and try their hand at basic artistic activities.
The workshops offer a unique opportunity where the creative process can be shared by members of the public working closely alongside gifted and experienced local artists. Workshops are small and personal; all equipment is provided and each workshop is costed according to the materials needed.
Some examples of future events are:
Fabric Corsage workshop with milliner Sophie Cooke from Imogens Imagination
Collagraph Workshop with well known printmaker Suzi Thompson
Beginners Silk Painting by Giedre Sadauskaite
Introduction to Lino cut with printmaker Ben Partridge
Batiq with Joanna Mathewson from Faerie Filigree
Metal Jewellery making with silversmith Anne McGarry Marsden
According to Ben, AGS is unique in Sheffield, with all profits from sales being ploughed back into community based projects. Artists are offered a range of options for renting display space and are encouraged to contribute to staffing time in the shop to reduce costs. Now they are also being encouraged to run workshops for the public and are offered training to equip them with the necessary skills.
We are trying to open the workshops up and also involve non-AGS sellers. So if any Sheffield-based artist is really keen on doing a workshop, they can come and use our space because it’s very much about community; it’s not about exclusivity in any way.
As well as facilitating formal workshops, Ben explains that AGS would like their new area to become a creative space available to local artists. He says that the creative process can be very isolating for independent artists and makers who work from home:
…the opportunity to work together sparks off loads of ideas for collaborative and multimedia work. We have a forum meeting once a month which any local artists who are interested in running workshops are invited to attend. It’s a really nice community and we have people there who have been makers all their life and some have 40 years of experience behind them. It would be ridiculous not to tap into that.
Latest information about AGS events can be found by signing up for the AGSWorkshops Newsletter. Bookings can be made by email at AGSworkshops@gmail.com, by phone, or by calling in at the shop.
All Good Stuff can also be found the SU Listings website.