For the first Live Late of 2018, Museums Sheffield is marking their protest and activism season with Live Late: The Art of Protest at the Millennium Gallery on 23 February from 7:30pm.
Renowned Sheffield artists Zoe Genders, Jim McElvaney and Tom J Newell, will be live mural painting three walls during the evening, inspired by the Hope Is Strong exhibition. Visitors will be able to make their own mark about the issues that affect them on an interactive graffiti wall.
Visitors can expect three different murals from three very different Sheffield artists. Zoe Genders is a multidisciplinary artist creating work alive with colour and geometric shapes, Tom J Newell is an illustrator whose work can be found across Sheffield, and Jim McElvaney is a portrait artist who will be drawing a portrait of Dawn Walton, Founder and Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company based in Sheffield. Dawn has dedicated her life to raising awareness of the black experience and is involved in numerous projects including SLATE, a programme set up to support black artists in the north.
Skull and Heart Studio will be displaying music and protest inspired whilst Sheffield Print Club will be protest poster screening live on the night. There will also be a chance to design your own protest banner or badge.
Live Late: The Art of Protest is closely linked to the Millennium Gallery’s Hope Is Strong exhibition, which features work by Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s foremost politically motivated artists, alongside The Battle of Orgreave Archive (An injury to one is an injury to all) by Jeremey Deller. The exhibition also features work from Conroy/Sanderson, Ashley Cook, Kate Davis, Ruth Ewan, Jamie Fitzpatrick flyingleaps, Mona Hatoum, Sharon Kivland, Goshka Macuga, Ciara Phillips, Keith Piper, Olivia Plender, Hester Reeve, Sean Scully and Artur Zmijewski.
The Hope Is Strong exhibition is running from 17 February until 10 June and will officially launch on 21 February with a bistro evening at the Millennium Gallery. Guests at the official launch will be able to enjoy a delicious three-course menu created from the finest Yorkshire ingredients. The launch will begin at 6pm, with dinner served between 6:45pm and 8pm. You must book in advance with the gallery by calling 0114 278 2715 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Late: The Art of Protest will take place from 7:30pm – 10:30pm on Friday 23 February, with a suggested donation of £3.