May 27, 2015 - Art Sheffield - Martin Clark appointed Artistic Director for Art Sheffield 2016
May 27, 2015

Martin Clark appointed Artistic Director for Art Sheffield 2016

Photo: Thor Brødreskift.

Art Sheffield
19 March–30 April 2016

Preview: Friday 18 March 2016

Art Sheffield is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Clark as Artistic Director for Art Sheffield 2016, where he will lead the creative vision and selection process for this vibrant contemporary arts festival.

Art Sheffield is an ambitious international festival that brings together new commissions, exhibitions, performances and events by artists in venues and off-site locations across Sheffield between 19 March and 30 April 2016.

“I am delighted to be appointed artistic director for Art Sheffield 2016. 20 years ago I moved to Sheffield to begin my studies at Sheffield Hallam University. After graduating I became a member of the newly created S1 Studio’s where I curated my first exhibition in 1999.

Sheffield has a distinctive and proud cultural history spanning art, music, performance, film and theatre. For me it has always been a place of possibility and ambition, a place that marries a rigorous and critical international perspective with a strong local identity. I am very excited to be invited back to work again with the institutions and individuals that make up this city’s vibrant cultural life.”

Martin Clark is Director at Bergen Kunsthall, one of Scandinavia’s most important institutions for contemporary art, founded in 1838.

Over the past 16 years he has curated and organised over 50 exhibitions and projects, including solo shows by Simon Starling, Robert Overby, Alex Katz, Lily van der Stokker, Albert Oehlen, Carol Bove, Dexter Dalwood, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Adam Chodzko, Deimantas Narkevicius and Eileen Quinlan, as well as group exhibitions including Pale Carnage (Arnolfini, 2007), The Dark Monarch, Magic and Modernity in British Art (Tate St Ives, 2009) and The Noing Uv It (Bergen Kunsthall, 2015). In his previous role as Artistic Director at Tate St Ives he championed an ambitious and internationally recognised contemporary programme, as well as organising a number of exhibitions by important British and international modernists including Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Lucio Fontana, Barbara Hepworth, Marlow Moss and William Scott.

“We are delighted at the prospect of working with Martin. With his firsthand knowledge of Sheffield, he brings a unique international perspective to the festival. Martin has proposed an ambitious artistic programme for the festival which we look forward to announcing shortly.” Louise Hutchinson, Artistic Director, S1 Artspace on behalf of the Art Sheffield Consortium.

The Art Sheffield 2016 programme will be announced later this year, to find out more and sign up for Art Sheffield e-newsletters, click here.

The Art Sheffield consortium is made up of Bloc Projects, S1 Artspace, Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Site Gallery.

Art Sheffield is supported by Arts Council England and Sheffield City Council.

For further information please contact:
hollie [​at​] / +44 (0) 7816 104483

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