Sheffield hosts unusual art exhibition

14 February 2019

An art exhibition which only displays objects measuring 20 inches by 20 inches, has returned to the city for the 15th time.

The event, named 20×20, is held in Access Space in Sidney Street and will be running every Wednesday to Friday until the end of February. This year it features a range of home-made art.

Director of Art and Innovation at Access Space, Jake Harries, said: “20×20 is a level playing field, anybody can submit a work, it doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re an artist or a non-artist, five-year-old school child or a grandmother who wants to knit something. You can do anything you like.”

The exhibition features 36 pieces of work from artists, makers and graphic designers to teachers and people who have never displayed artwork before.

“It’s to encourage people to get over the hurdle of exhibiting work of their own. Many people find it difficult to find a place to exhibit but here it doesn’t matter who you are, and we don’t care either – as long as it’s not offensive and it’s the right size we will hang it,” Mr Harries added.

The works this year are made with a range of techniques such as paint, chalk, and papier-mâché and an obscure animal fat paint work and two pieces of work were made using tea bags.

Access Space has been open since 2000 and will be celebrating its 20th birthday next year with the exhibition ‘20×20 2020’.

The space aims to inspire people to do new creative things and runs ‘Refab Space’, a shared workspace including a room of high-tech tools and technology.


Written by Jamie Van Bragt

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