Inside The Triangle.

John Street Triangle.
19th May, 11am -3pm.

The boundaries of the John Street Triangle are John Street, Hill Street and Bramall Lane, and inside it is a veritable hive of activity. As you may know, we are very proud to have helped with the community purchase of Portland Works, the place that stainless steel was first created in 1913. While it does still provide a home for independent metal workers, or ‘little mesters’, like the nearby Stag, Harland and Clifton Works it also provides working space for all manner of artists, photographers, musicians and artisan craft masters, as well as the Edge climbing wall.

The aim of the Inside The Triangle event is to showcase everything that takes place within this crucible of creativity, giving people an insight into the day-to-day workings of the works and a chance to get involved in a range of activities.

At Portland Works there will be demonstrations of knife making, engraving and forging, art installations and open studios, a Now Then stall with lots of back issues, and an evening launch of an album called The Sound of Portland Works 2013, featuring bands based at the space, from 4pm till 9pm. There will also be a pop-up cafe-bar from 12pm till 9pm. At Stag Works there will be t-shirt printing, hand drumming workshops, family portraits, finger painting courtesy of Subliminal Studios and live music from Death Rays of Ardilla. At Harland and Clifton Works there will be a workshop on ‘guerilla gardening’ and a Cycles in Motion bike maintenance service. Elsewhere, the Edge will offer climbing taster sessions, the Harland Cafe will be open all day, and the Audacious Art Space on Harwood Street will host live performances and a pop-up shop.

There is far more going on than we can fit in this meagre column, so take a look at the Facebook event page for more information by searching ‘Inside The Triangle’. Most of the activities are free and kids are welcome as long as they are supervised.

More info can be found here.


33 Rockingham Lane.

Roundabout has been providing shelter, support and life skills to homeless young people in Sheffield since 1977. They provide emergency accommodation for homeless young people at their hostel and help them to live independently in secure bedsits and in shared housing throughout the city. They also provide a programme of training and involvement which aims to break the cycle of homelessness and encourage long-term independent living skills.

It may come as a shock to many people in the city, but youth homelessness in Sheffield is a big issue, with Roundabout providing ongoing support to almost 500 young people every year. Their hostel is always full and they have no choice but to turn away up to 25 young people each week due to lack of available bed space.

The Roundabout emergency hostel has undergone a £1 million refurbishment to provide a more welcoming and homely safe place for young people to stay. The hostel will have 27 single bedrooms, modern kitchens and lounges and a training room for life skills sessions. Residents are due to move into the new building next month, but Roundabout needs the support of people in Sheffield to get behind their campaign and raise money for the service.

There are many ways you can get involved, through fundraising at work, organising an event or making a donation. You can also take part in their latest campaign, Buskabout. The charity is on the hunt for local musicians and bands who can busk in the city centre to raise awareness of the cause and vital funds. They can arrange a collection permit for a date that suits you, as well as providing t-shirts and collection buckets on the day. They’ll also promote your support via their social media platforms.

If you would like more information about Roundabout or want to get involved, visit their website, email their fundraiser Amy on, or call 0114 2536753. Get involved.

Opus Distribution.

Opus Independents is the not-for-profit social enterprise that publishes this very magazine month in, month out, but you might not be aware that we have also run a popular and affordable flyer and poster distribution service for five years now.

Working exclusively with independent traders, community groups, charities and local government, we cover a wide geographical area, including Sheffield, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, North Derbyshire, Manchester and all outlying areas, as well as offering distribution runs based on specific demographics. Our regular clients include Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield City Hall and the Showroom cinema, but the service can be customised if you are working on a smaller budget, with runs starting at £25. Visit the above web link or email james@ for more information.

Showroom Workstation.

20th Anniversary Competition.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Workstation, we have teamed up with them to give a local artist the chance to win a solo exhibition later this year. They are on the look-out for an artist to create an original piece for a summer exhibition celebrating the milestone, and the winner will secure a monthlong exhibition in November.

To be in with a chance of winning, send five examples of your work, along with a 150-word statement about why you should be considered, to uk by Monday 20th May. You must have enough work to fill the Workstation mezzanine gallery space (2,000 sq ft), and unfortunately if it would be your first exhibition then you aren’t eligible. But all others, get in touch.

Don’t Be A Pussy #3.

Hope Works.
31st May.

Local rave lords Off Me Nut Records are back with the third event in their Don’t Be A Pussy series, bringing an amazing lineup to Hope Works in Attercliffe. This time around they’ve got a live electro set from Rephlex Records’ DMX Krew and stellar jungle courtesy of the legend that is Remarc, as well as old skool hardcore from DJ Vibes, bassline from Krissi B, and much more from the likes of Dave Skywalker, Mustard Gunn, Dankle, Dave Shades, Das Boot, Grimaz, Earthworm Jim, HarleyLikesMusic and Demon Cabbage.

Tickets are available from Balance on Devonshire Street or online via Resident Advisor priced at between £9 and £12. If you want a night of pure mash-up madness, get a ticket soon because this will definitely sell out.

Doc/Fest 20 Launch.

17th May.

As you should be well aware by now, Now Then is an official media sponsor to this year’s Doc/Fest. The festival itself runs from 12th to 16th June, but before that there will be a launch party at The Showroom. On Friday 17th May at 6.30pm there will be a screening of Beware of Mr Baker, a documentary about the infamous Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker which won this year’s SXSW Special Jury Award, featuring appearances from Eric Clapton, Lars Ulrich, Femi Kuti and many more. This will be followed by drinks and music in the Showroom bar from 8pm. There will also be a sneak preview of this year’s Doc/Fest programme at The Workstation from 5.15pm, including exclusive clips of the biggest films. Get on it.

Emmaus Sheffield.

Sipelia Works, Cadman Street.

Emmaus (pronounced em-ay-us) is not the easiest place to find, but it is worth the search. Located off Blast Lane almost adjacent to the Parkway, the bargains to be found within are quite honestly without compare: 50p vinyl, refurbished furniture, clothes, kid’s toys, books, electrical goods and much more.

Emmaus Sheffield is the first community charity of its kind in South Yorkshire. It is a place where people who were formerly homeless can live, learn transferable skills and rediscover their self worth. As we all know, supporting social enterprise in these difficult times is one of the few things that separates the good, the bad and the meritocratic Maggies. Emmaus will gratefully take donations from the public and you can visit their website to find out which items they are in particular need of.

Motorway Service Station Exhibition.

14th May–8th June.
Bank Street Arts.

Inspired by the title of a Simon Armitage poetry pamphlet, this exhibition will feature work from a number of accomplished photographers exploring the idea of ‘the motorway service station as a destination in its own right’. Created mostly in isolation from each other and taking varying degrees of inspiration from the original collection of poems, these images offer different perspectives and interpretations of the statement. The photographers involved are Si Barber, David Barnes, Andy Brown, Simon Carruthers, Richard Chivers, Andrew Conroy, Alex Currie, Jessa Fairbrother, Sam Mellish, Andrew Robinson, Tribble and Mancenido.

The exhibition will run at Bank Street Arts from 14th May to 8th June and will be open to the public between the hours of 10am and 5pm. More info here