Leading art gallery expanding in city centre shake-up

23 February 2017

A £2.7 million expansion of a leading contemporary art gallery will begin in April as part of the Council’s bid to revitalise the city centre.

The Site Gallery is trebling its size and public output, taking over nearby buildings to install a new art space and gallery as well as a 40 seat café, event spaces and business spaces as the charity tries to expand its trading.

The Site Gallery Chair Tom Fleming said in a press release: “This is a truly exciting time for Site Gallery, for Sheffield and its creative communities. A new landmark building and space for contemporary art that will offer new connections, new ideas and business.”

They currently have plans on display with artistic impressions and an architectural model of the expanded building, until the gallery closes on March 10th so work can start.

This is a product of Sheffield City Council’s Knowledge Gateway project, a multi-million-pound investment aiming to reimagine the city centre and train station area.

The gallery say they have been at the heart of this experimental city project trying to transform the Knowledge Gateway, the corridor running along the Lower Sheaf down to the station.

Talking at the Site Gallery, Matthew Gregg from Sheffield Council Planning said: “The area needs a spring clean, at the moment it’s a bit drab and unclean and unwelcoming.”

“The project is aiming to improve traffic routes, the pavements and the overall aesthetics of the area. Ultimately we’re trying to grow the environment so it can be more attractive to investors and create jobs.”

The council have been concentrating on bringing key players like the two universities, the Cultural Industries Quarter and local businesses together, encouraging investment and restoring pride for the city centre.

Site Gallery say they have 90% of funding in place, and that the expansion will help their vision of creating spaces for artists to make exhibitions of significance and ‘provide our visitors with a rich reflective experience’.

Written by Jamie Bennett-Ness

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