Flat + Earth exhibition new to Sidney + Matilda this month

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Sidney + Matilda - Picture from Bethlehem Boys Club Exhibition

The Sidney Street art space will be home to a collection of works tackling the campaigns around Sheffield street trees and current developments in city regeneration

Sidney + Matilda Gallery is to present an ambitious exhibition of new landscape paintings and drawings by an eclectic group of regional and international artists from 22 February – 15 March. 


Flat + Earth attempts to tackle the eclectic nature of the changing climate; its vulnerability and physicality - a stress powerfully apparent in Sheffield given the recent campaigns to save street trees and rapid development of the city’s former industrial quarters.


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.


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.  

Cities Need Trees: Oil on board by Julian Perry


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.


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”.


Al Daw added: “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.


All work is for sale, Sidney + Matilda is a 100% independent gallery representing new art, now. For more info head over to Sidney + Matilda’s Facebook page.


The gallery can be found in Rivelin Works, 46B Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RH and opens 12 noon – 6PM Tuesday to Saturday

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