We have a series of exhibitions and community workshops planned for our new gallery space, please help us finish construction of our new building so we can make it happen! A lot of time, money and hard work has been spent on our premises on Arundel Street, Sheffield but now we need your contributions to prepare the space for a programme of free art events. Your donations will make a huge impact to the future of the space, so as a thank you we will be offering a series of gifts to our sponsors such as specially-printed risograph editions created by our members.
GLOAM is an artist co-op with studios and volunteer-run exhibition space. Our aim is to raise the profile of contemporary art regionally and nationally by fostering creative networks with artists and organisations and to provide opportunities for experiencing contemporary art for free in the heart of Sheffield. To do this, we will be putting together a programme of events, exhibitions, performances and workshops which are experimental, intersectional, and representative of emergent and established artists working across practical disciplines.
GLOAM was set up by artist and musician Mark Riddington on Mary Street in 2017. Between 2017–2019, the space hosted nine exhibitions featuring artists such as Matthew Tully, Emii Alrai, Adam McGowan, Charlie-Mae Bloom, Blue Firth, Ben Jeans Houghton, Jake Kent, Hannah Lees & Emily McCartan, and hosted talks with Jasleen Kaur in partnership with Bloc Projects & Anna Chrystal Stephens and Glen Stoker for Site Gallery, Sheffield.
In 2020, developments within the local area saw GLOAM move spaces to our current building on Arundel Street, which formally housed the beloved DIY music venue, The Lughole. In 2020, GLOAM also re-structured and became a collectively run space which had hoped to open its doors to you early in the year. A few weeks following the move, COVID-19 placed restrictions on building work, and the scheduled programme had to be put on hold until further notice. Right before the onslaught of COVID-19, and the cancellation of all live gatherings, we were getting ready to kickstart our programme with an exhibition of large-format photography by Joe Singleton. This programme will include collaborations and partnerships with other DIY spaces and community organisations in and around South Yorkshire.
On top of the current climate, our ground rent has increased and without revenue from sales or event hires, we urgently need to find other income to fund our development. Everything you donate will go towards materials and equipment for building our gallery and studio space and will allow us to be sustainable once we reopen officially as a public resource for artists and audiences. Thank you in advance for giving what you can, and thank you for supporting GLOAM.
See below our series of risographs from (left to right): Mark Riddington, Alice Hicken, Stu Burke, Rose Squires, Victoria Sharples, Sam Read, and Thomas Lee Griffiths.