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  1. Substation_ST2web

    Moore St. Electricity Substation - Original Architectural Perspectives

    August 20th - September 19th 2015, Monday - Saturday 11.00am - 4.00pm

    Our current show is a new series of prints featuring the Electricity Substation at Moore St., Sheffield. The works are based on the first architectural perspectives of the building, by Sheffield artist Kenneth Steel, drawn in about 1965. These original drawings are also in the show, and show a remarkable confidence in mark-making with heavy conté crayon, which exactly evokes the rough concrete of the building’s exterior. As artist’s impressions pre-construction, they show great sensitivity to the structure's eventual form and texture. The new screen prints have been derived from these drawings by the printmaking studio at APG.

    The building is a well-known Sheffield landmark. Completed in 1968 to a design by the late Bryan Jefferson, a leading modernist architect and former president of the RIBA, it exemplifies the bold style that came to be known as Brutalism. Although still controversial it is increasingly admired and was Grade 2 listed in 2010.

    Kenneth Steel (RBA, SGA 1906-1970) was a very talented Sheffield artist who after studying at Sheffield College of Art achieved a prolific output of artwork for the railways, including travel posters for LNER and BR; he was also much in demand by architects and engineering consultants for his architectural perspectives. This exhibition also features modern prints of some of his well-known travel posters and a small selection of other original drawings. Looking around the show on our opening last Thursday Malcolm Camp, who owns one of the 2 original perspective drawings, made the observation that Kenneth Steel is really a very under-rated Sheffield artist. His paintings for the travel posters have great fluidity and an assured evocation of place. His output was of its time, but serenely untouched by the major movements in the art world of the period. He seems to have produced work only on demand and the only surviving works are actually completed commissions. He left instructions for all his sketchbooks and unseen paintings to be destroyed after his death, which judging by the facility with he worked in various media - conté, pencil, watercolour and oils - was a great loss. 

    The show is open Monday -Saturday from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm until September 19th

    Acknowledgements:

    The editions have been produced with the authorisation of the Hignett family of Tauranga, New Zealand, representing the artist’s estate.

    We are grateful to Mr Edward Yardley, the author of a forthcoming biography of the artist Kenneth Steel, for assistance and information provided, as well as the loan of a number of pieces in the show.

    Thanks also to Malcolm Camp, who also loaned a piece and first notified of the existence of this work.

    Mr Tom Jones of Jefferson Sheard gave us valuable information about the architect and his work, and through him we met Mr Jefferson and had the opportunity to tell him about this project.

    To purchase prints from this collection, click here...

  2. Remember to Refresh 

    Check all your frames at least every 5 years. Despite using the materials appropriate to your project, we still recommend you keeping an eye on your freshly framed artwork. This is important to keep all framed work looking sharp, particularly if the work is valuable. We use conservation materials as standard. Conservation adhesives aren’t as aggressive as other adhesives as they are reversible so that if removed they leave very little marking on the piece. However, this does mean that occasionally they can fail after time and artworks can become loose in the frame. This is nothing to worry about: just bring the frame in and for a nominal fee we can open it up and get it looking in tip top condition again. We can also carry out any cleaning and polishing that needs to take place. 

  3. Tenderfoot Collective 2015

    Belinda Ayres / Jayne Dent / Natasha Eves / Jessica Heywood / Steven Hithersay / Amy Hodkin / Laura Jayne Hodkin / Alex Noble / Lena Peters / /Johannah Wragg

    Once again we warmly welcome Tenderfoot back to APG Gallery for their annual Summer exhibition. Tenderfoot are a collective that first exhibited with us 3 years ago having formed as a group while on their foundation year at Chesterfield College. Now establishing themselves in Art Schools and Universities across the UK, it's always a pleasure to see them return to APG and observe their progression and development.

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  4. Jo Peel // Summer Exhibition at Millennium Gallery Sheffield

    This Summer we were tasked by the Sheffield Artist Jo Peel to produce all of the screen prints for her Summer solo exhibition at Millennium Gallery. Peel who has already worked closely with us over the years, took this exhibition as an opportunity to draw on the parallels between Sheffield and its American counterpart of Pittsburgh, one of four cities with which Sheffield has a Friendship Agreement. 

    Studio Process photos....

  5. Prussian Blue // Michael Fullerton Exhibition 

    Screenprinting the Golden Bride