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After Andrew Hunt's hugely successful show here at Persistence Works Gallery, we are delighted to be able to share with you a bit more detail about the next exhibition in our 'Ways of Making' series. Mir Jansen, a Sheffied based artist and arts projects manager (who previously worked with us here at Yorkshire Artspace for many years) will be showing her exhibition, 'At Your Service' from September 27th - November 4th.
It will feature a number of portrait paintings of European employees at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. We're especially excited to show this work as Brexit news hits the headlines daily, and as the National Health Service celebrates it's 70th birthday this month, it is particuarly timely. This thought provoking exhibition shares the details and fragments of individuals' lives working in the National Health Service today, and celebrates what unites as well as what sets them apart.
Over the course of one year Mir interviewed a number if European employees of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, asking all of them the same 6 questions.
"I wanted to know if the feelings I experienced on 23rd June 2016 were shared by others. I also wanted to find out if these feelings had changed over the last 2 years and if the city that voted predominantly to leave the European Union is still seen as a city in which they feel they belong".
Two of these questions also related to their place of work.
"The NHS must be one of the most culturally diverse organisations in the country and yet in the referendum there was no mention of how dependent it was on the skills and hard work of immigrants. This uniquely British institution has just celebrated its 70th anniversary on 5th July. I wanted to find out what they loved about the NHS, as well as what their concerns were for its future. This exhibitiin is a tribute to both, a portrait of them at our service."
You can read more about how this exhibition is coming together, and the artist's thoughts on the work in the run up to the opening, as well as beautiful snippets of the work itself, here on her blog.
We look forward to seeing you here at the exhibition in September. Don't forget that you can sign up to our mailing list by clicking on the 'contact info' panel on the bottom of our website for preview invites and all our latest news and opportunities.
At Your Service forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.