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Small Mercies exhibition launches at Artcade Gallery

Sheffield artist brings optimistic art to the city just in time for Christmas.

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From 5-19 December, Small Mercies by printmaker John Pedder comes to Artcade Gallery in the Forum Arcade on Devonshire Street.

The exhibition is the result of John’s daily dose of limited-edition woodcut printing.  A month before the UK went into lockdown, he began the project to "conceive, carve and print a small woodcut pop of joy" each day to put a smile on his face.

As the project progressed and the world around him changed, John’s daily reflections were hand-carved, printed and shared online, with the hopes of bringing positivity and humour to the lives of others.

The exhibition at Artcade Gallery is a collection of these moments, a much-needed reminder in these trying times to do something that makes you feel good every day.  The drawings and prints have built up a pattern of the artist's life over a number of months and he hopes this will allow the viewer to connect with his positive creative journey. 

John also plans to work on a huge 8x4-foot woodcut print inside the gallery space, which will lead to a live print for the public to view on 19 December. He will be working and printing in the space on the 10-12 and 16-18 December. Keep an eye on Artcade’s socials for updates about when John will be in the gallery on these days.

Small Mercies will be open for viewing every day from 5-19 December, between 10am and 4:30pm.

by Felicity Jackson (she/her)
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