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Stay at Home Comforts: Sharna Jackson

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While visiting a museum or gallery may temporarily be a thing of the past, some of Sheffield's cultural institutions are still offering opportunities during lockdown.

In March, Site Gallery launched WEB/SITE, an online programme of events and activities to provide "reading groups, live workshops for families and films from the City of Ideas partnership." Artistic Director Sharna Jackson told Now Then about digital distractions and playing cards.

Hi Sharna. How are you and what have you been up to today?

I'm alright - I feel lucky to be well. Today, I've been on the Site Gallery team's daily Zoom. I made some porridge with oat milk (oat on oats) while dancing in my kitchen to 'Come on Eileen', which I've decided is my all-time favourite song. It's a good day. Not every day is like this.

If you had to sum up your lockdown experience so far in one sentence, what would it be?


Are you doing anything in particular to keep your spirits up?

Watching trashy TV while I work: The Affair, True Blood, Sex and the City.

Do you have any music, book, film or TV recommendations you'd like to share?

I've been enjoying playing Uno, especially in the app. It's so good. I also recommend the High Rise Mystery and Mic Drop books.

Is there a particular restaurant, cafe or pub you're missing, or a local delivery you've enjoyed?

I'm missing Kollective Kitchen, The Rutland Arms and The Lescar so much. I'm still enjoying Tiffin and Porter Pizza, possibly too regularly.

Why do you feel it's important that the Gallery offers WEB/SITE during the lockdown and what do you hope it will achieve?

Just because our physical doors are shut, it doesn't mean Site Gallery is closed. We focus on new media, moving image and performance, so moving online is inherent to our remit. It's important to us to be able to continue to provide thought-provoking and engaging experiences for the people of Sheffield, especially when they need a break from the new normal.

Which event or workshop from the programme has received the best feedback so far, and can you pick one you're particularly looking forward to?

Our reading group was booked up immediately, so that was great. I'm looking forward to the family dance workshop with Angga Kara. I also loved the Instagram takeovers by Siân Williams and Joanna Whittle.

What's the first place in Sheffield you want to visit once lockdown is over?

Site Gallery. Even if it wasn't my house, I'd say that.

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