The Old Sweet Shop.

Tom J Newell Exhibition.
6th June - 31st July.

The Old Sweet Shop in Nether Edge is one of our favourite haunts. It has probably showcased more Now Then featured artists than any other shop or organisation in Sheffield and it is, in our eyes at least, the original purveyor of fine arts.

This month the shop is hosting an exhibition of the work of Tom J Newell, a well-loved son of our hilly city. Tom is one of the few artists to have been asked to feature in two issues of Now Then (#18 and #41, if you’re wondering) and is one of our favourite local makers.

The Sweet Demons exhibition runs from 6th June until the end of July. It will consist of Tom’s original drawings from an ongoing project to illustrate the ‘Seventy-Two Spirits of Solomon’, alongside a brand new screen print, hand-printed by Tom and Dan ‘Phlegm’ at Dan’s home studio. The gallery’s back room will host a selected retrospective of Tom’s drawings, paintings and prints, all of which will be on sale exclusively from the shop.

There will be an opening night reception on Thursday 6th June from 6pm, with drinks kindly provided by neighbours The Broadfield ale house. This evening will also see the launch of the gallery’s new publication, Pick ‘n’ Mix, an A5, 32-page, full-colour zine made up entirely of Tom’s work, compiled by Mattias Jones. The Old Sweet Shop will continue to release Pick ‘n’ Mix with guest artists for each issue to accompany future shows at the gallery.

In conjunction with Artfelt, funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity, Tom will be hosting a series of workshops with patients of Sheffield Children’s Hospital during the exhibition. The children will create a collection of ‘Monster Magnets’ based on the creatures from the Sweet Demons show, which will be exhibited alongside Tom’s work at a Pop ‘n’ Crisps daytime re-launch of the show later in the exhibition’s run. Watch this space for details.

St Luke's Hospice.

Starlight Walk 2013.
13th July.

St Luke’s Hospice cares for people in Sheffield over the age of 18 who have incurable diseases, seeking to alleviate their pain and give them the best quality of life possible, free of charge.

The sponsored Starlight Walk in aid of St Luke’s Hospice takes place on Saturday 13th July. Now in its third year, the Starlight Walk brings together people from across the city to raise vital funds for the hospice. You can walk in memory of loved ones, for someone who is unwell – whether or not they’re being cared for by St Luke’s – or just walk for fun and fitness. Whatever your motivation, by taking part and raising money you’ll be making a huge difference to patients and their families. Last year over 1,000 people raised thousands of pounds to provide care for Sheffield people with life-limiting illnesses. If every walker brings in at least £100, St Luke’s could raise a stunning £100,000 in one starlit evening.

It’s a 5km walk from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back through parks and woodland. The route is marshalled and well lit and takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. The walk itself starts at sunset (9pm), but there’ll be music, food and drink from 6.30, including a Thornbridge beer tent , as well as a warmup session from 8.30.

The walk is open to anyone aged five or over. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is also registered to take part in the walk. Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for young people aged 5-15. There’s also a group discount rate of £10 per person if you register a group of six or more adult walkers, so why not get some friends together and fundraise as a team?

For you it’s a walk in the park, but for St Luke’s patients, their families and friends it will mean so much more.

White Lion.

615 London Road.

The White Lion is one of those pubs that it’s far too easy to miss, but we don’t recommend walking past this place without stopping for one. It’s a cosy, traditional affair, with a great range of cask ales and ciders. Now under the new management of Martin and Linda, service is always delivered with a smile, and starting this month they will be introducing a choice of bar snacks, including vegetarian and vegan options.

They also host regular music events, including but not limited to jazz and folk, as well as a weekly quiz on a Wednesday evening. Beer, food and music, you say? Absolute winner.

Sheffield Antiques Quarter.

Sheffield Antique Quarter covers a one and a half mile stretch along Abbeydale, Broadfield and Queens roads, and caters to pretty much all possible tastes. With 35 shops, centres and cafes selling vintage and retro items, antiques, art, militaria and salvaged goods, along with fantastic locally sourced food, it offers a more personalised alternative to the high street. Every business is local and independent, and there are so many of them that they’ve all clubbed in to make a leaflet directory to help you find your way around.

You can find information about every outlet by visiting, but our recommendation is just to have a wander round. You never know what you might find.

Peace in the Park.

Peace in the Park is truly a Sheffield institution, so understandably there is a sense of disappointment that, due to overwhelming financial constraints, the festival cannot take place this year. But if you love PITP as much as we do, there is plenty you can do to make next year’s event the best yet. On Saturday 8th June, the Red House will host Peace in The Pub, a fundraiser with DJ sets from Jack Opus, Jagerverb and more. On 29th and 30th June there will be another fundraiser at the Riverside hosted by Knife & Folk, with art stalls and live music, and there are plenty more to come. Keep up to speed by ‘liking’ the Peace in the Park page on Facebook and give generously to the festival coffers by visiting project/peace-park.

Spirit of '45 Day.

Saturday 15th June.
Queen’s Social Club.

As you really ought to know by now, this year we have teamed up with Doc/Fest to host an extra special event tying in with the main festival activities. Spirit of ’45 Day will be centred around a screening of Ken Loach’s new documentary The Spirit of ‘45, but there’ll be much more than that on offer, including but certainly not limited to: a live re-score of John Grierson’s 1929 silent film Drifters by beatboxing extraordinaire Jason Singh; poetry from Mark Grist and Gav Roberts; music from Age of Glass and Leonie Evans; film installations by Exploding Cinema; and footage from the BFI’s steel archive.

£2 before 7pm, £5 after. Can’t say fairer than that. More info on Facebook.

Heeley Festival.

Saturday 22nd June.

Taking place every year in the (theoretically) sunny month of June, Heeley Festival cultivates a real sense of community. It’s a family-friendly event with lots of live entertainment – from dance displays and classic cars to live bands and bellydancing – plus a range of stalls offering all manner of items, a car boot sale in the Anns Grove School car park and for this year only – wait for it – an appearance from the Ghostbusters.

Sited at Heeley City Farm, Heeley Parish Church and the Millennium Park, the festival is run by a small group called Heeley Events & Activities Team (or HEAT for short). If you’ve got no plans, go down and check it out.

Brawn and Bread.

Gage Gallery, Lion Works.
14th – 22nd June.

Brawn and Bread is a new exhibition bringing together the artistic output of two local brothers. Both began drawing from a very early age, graduating to spray paint and anything else they could get their hands on, but two distinct styles emerged. One produces photorealist portraiture, including his recently favoured Henderson’s Relish piece, while the other explores abstract expressionism.

Showing work together for the first time since school, you can tell the differences between the two brothers. The exhibition will occupy a historic industrial gallery space at Lion Works in Kelham Island. Sponsored by the Kelham Brewery and their local The Fat Cat, it will kick off with DJs including Andy H on Friday 14th June, 6pm onwards.