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New Kelham Island art trail to spotlight "undiscovered and understated talents"

'A Friendly Neighbourhood' will showcase work by four different artists across an eclectic range of venues.

Cameron Merritt.

A new art trail will debut in Kelham Island later this week, showcasing the work of four local artists across four of the area's most popular venues.

'A Friendly Neighbourhood' debuts on Wednesday night, and will feature photography, digital art and even pencil crayon drawings.

The work will be displayed in four venues where Kelham Island meets Neepsend: Parrot Club, Neepsend Social Club, Happy's and Factory Floor.

"The whole project concept was just four understated artists using four different mediums, in four different exhibitions in four different venues, inspired by the hospitality of Kelham Island," S.E Madera Lorca (aka Phace), who is both organising and exhibiting in the show, told Now Then.

Wednesday's opening night takes place across the four venues from 4 to 11pm, and will include a chance to meet each of the artists who have contributed work.

This includes "reclaimed street art" by S.E Madera Lorca, pencil crayon drawings by James Prescott, handmade pixel art by Tom Appleyard and documentary photography by Cameron Merritt.

Madera Lorca and Merritt are using the launch of 'A Friendly Neighbourhood' to set up a new organisation of the same name to support artists in Sheffield.

The new non-profit would "help people with creative pursuits, art, music, food, literature and anything of a creative nature" said Madera Lorca.

"We aim to focus on the undiscovered and understated talents to give confidence and support to unheard voices."

The show will be open to the public from 13 to 21 December, with each venue having its own individual opening times.

Learn more
  • Happy's told Now Then the venue is all ground level with no step-free access and disabled toilet facilities.
  • Factory Floor told Now Then the venue is all ground level, with no ramps and moderate lighting, and has disabled toilet facilities.
  • Parrot Club is described by the Sheffield Pub Guide as not having disabled access or disabled facilities.
  • Neepsend Social Club is described by This Is Sheffield as having disabled access.
by Sam Gregory (he/him)
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