Installation shot, If I Can't read with my eyes shut, S1 Artspace, 2015


S1 Artspace is a gallery and studio organisation based in Sheffield that actively supports the production and presentation of new work and ideas.

Set up in 1995 by artists living and working in Sheffield who wanted to create a different type of studio organisation; one where artists would collaborate, share ideas and create opportunities for themselves. It’s grown from a modest, voluntary-run studio complex above a thrash metal nightclub in 1995, to an organisation now based in a vast industrial warehouse exhibiting work at an international standard.

We provide studio space for artists at varying stages in their career, from recent graduates to established artists working internationally. Over our 20-year history, we have accommodated over 130 artists through our studios from Martin Clark, Director Kunsthall Bergen to Haroon Mirza, winner of the Northern Art Prize in 2010 and the Silver Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. In addition to our artist studios, we now also accommodate a number of independent creative businesses based in Sheffield including the world renowned Designers Republic, Sheffield Hallam University’s MA and PhD Studios, Lyon & Lyon design practice, The North Marketing Agency and OS31 Architects.

Through the exhibitions programme, we have commissioned over 75 new works and presented work by over 500 artists, this includes six Turner Prize winners and a further six nominees. In 2010, we moved to new larger premises to support a growing aspiration to realise more ambitious projects. This has included major solo exhibitions of new commissioned work by Michael Fullerton, Nicolas Deshayes, Jennifer West and Eva Berendes; and group exhibitions presenting new work by artists including Jessica Warboys, Cally Spooner, Michael Dean, Tyler Coburn, Ryan Mosley, Jeremy Deller and Hito Steyerl.

We regularly work in collaboration with other organisations and individuals to realise our work. Most recently this has included partnerships and collaborations with RIBA, The Henry Moore Institute, University of Sheffield, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Site Gallery, Doc/Fest, Wysing Arts Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Studio Voltaire, Spike Island, Urban Splash, Eastside Projects and Museums Sheffield.

In 2015 we began delivering an 18 month pilot programme of exhibitions and events from the former Scottish Queen pub on the Park Hill estate. Following a positive response to the programme, we relocated all our studios to Park Hill in November 2016. We are currently renovating our new temporary premises at Park Hill – the former garage block – which we aim to launch in late 2017. We have a long-term ambition to expand our work at Park Hill and are currently working on plans to make this a reality.