Event – Platform Study Day: Saturday 21 November 2015
Exhibition – The Artist Proposes: 17 December 2015 – 16 January 2016
Residency – Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson: 19 January – 6 February 2016
Residency – Beatriz Olabarrieta: 16 February – 12 March 2016
Sculptures that speak, focus groups that transition into game-like performances, artists hunting for mushrooms and dancers baking bread – Site Gallery’s nationally acclaimed 2016 artist development programme, promises all of the singularity of past editions which have seen the artworks developed go on to traverse the globe.

Site Gallery’s Platform Residency Programme supports and radically accelerates artists’ work from concept through to working prototype; new work is made in the main gallery space over a period of three to six weeks per project. Over the coming year, Site Gallery will host four new projects by six artists: Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Laura Wilson and Anna Chrystal Stephens & Glen Stoker.

On Saturday 21 November 2015 at a Platform Study Day, the artists discuss their ideas with a public audience. They will investigate the unique relationship between artist, public and gallery that develops during the Platform residency process.

The Artist Proposes exhibition, opening 17 December 2015 offers a behind the scenes look at the upcoming residencies and explores the ideas behind the selection of six artists who will be developing work in the gallery in 2016.

Platform truly is unique, and for my practice felt a rare opportunity to consider the way in which I create exhibitions, live and work could come together. Offering the space as a site of production in which visitors can visit is a very brave and invaluable risk which helps fuel new creative processes and tests both artist and audience.’ Rory Pilgrim, 2015 Platform Artist in Residence at Site Gallery

Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson
Platform Residency, 19 January – 6 February 2016

Over the course of their three-week residency, London-based collaborators Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson will develop a live performance with a group of local actors, exploring ideas of proximity and distance in every day relationships. The group’s activity will be separated spatially from the audience in the main gallery, as visitors are invited to observe the development of the work through a large glass window.
Beatriz Olabarrieta
Platform Residency, 16 February – 12 March 2016

During her residency, Basque artist Beatriz Olabarrieta will script a play for sculptural objects, giving voice to the inanimate. She will draw upon interviews and conversations with residents of Sheffield, as well as with her own fictional writing. These dialogues will inspire a new set of sculptures made from the materials sourced only from local manufactures. The sculptures will be worked and re-worked, their position migrating around the gallery to create an unfolding, site responsive portrait of a place.

Platform is hugely significant and beneficial for everyone who engages with it. We live in a world where integration and the sharing and understanding of process is increasingly important. Much of this is experienced via cyberspace (whether we like it or not!), which puts a bigger premium on shared experience in the real world. Platform is positive, life affirming and rewarding and should be developed strongly.’ Site Gallery audience member.

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