Sheffield street artist announces exciting new Park Hill showPosted by: Ashley Birch
HAVE A WORD will be Kid Acne’s first solo Sheffield show in five years
Kid Acne, the Sheffield artist responsible for a number of popular works on businesses and buildings throughout the city, has announced a brand new exhibition taking place in S1 Artspace at Park Hill in September.
The artist previously worked with Urban Splash, the developers behind Park Hill Flats, to create a huge light show on the flats for the opening night of the hit Sheffield musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge, and this new exhibition will feature slogan pieces both inside and outside the historic building.
The show, titled HAVE A WORD, will explore the artist’s passions for both music and art, by showcasing the link between lyrics and typography in a new series of letter-based works, informed by snippets of lyrics from his forthcoming album (also titled HAVE A WORD), released on LEX this autumn.
Picture credit: Will Roberts
Speaking about the exhibition, Kid Acen said: “Having made art and music in various guises over the years, these seemingly disparate elements have generally occupied unrelated spaces in my studio practice, despite both being an equal driving force in my creative output.
“The aim of the exhibition is to connect the dots through the exploration of lyrics and lettering, utilising limited resources and a more DIY mindset.
“The entire show comprises of a new series of letter-based works, informed by snippets of lyrics from my forthcoming album (also titled HAVE A WORD), released on LEX this Autumn. The record is the result of an 18-month-long transatlantic collaboration with Chicago-based producer, Spectacular Diagnostics and features guest emcees Juga-Naut, Juice Aleem and New Kingdom. A limited number of advance vinyl copies will be available exclusively at the exhibit.
“Outside the gallery will be a series of large-scale slogan pieces, occupying a number of walls within the Park Hill complex, where I’ve become the unofficial/official "artist in residence" over the past few weeks. These murals intend to put the canvases in context, whilst temporarily transforming unoccupied areas of the site.”
The exhibition is supported by Urban Splash, Sheffield Hallam and TrueNorth Brew Co., and takes place from 13 – 28 September (Wed - Sat, 12-5pm), with a private viewing on Thursday 12 September, from 6-8pm.
For more info over the coming weeks, head over to Kid Acne’s Insta page.