Monday, 13 December 2010

Just sent off for some DS free sticker samples - and wanted to save the text I used here

"Distinctive Sharrow is a small not-for-profit group in Sheffield interested in local engagement and community-led regeneration to improve the streets, parks and buildings in our local area.
We are interested in promoting our 'brand' through stickering of products and places - so are ideally looking for a cheap product that can be used outdoors on lampposts, bus stops etc."

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

good news

good news, the Welcome to Sharrow signpost now has planning permission

Proposal: siting of public art consisting of 7 large letters (S,H,A,R,R,O,W)

Location: various sites on woodhead road/sharrow lnae/cemetery road/abbeydale road/bramall lane, highfield, sheffield,

Applicant: bird and bee (comissioned by disinctive sharrow action group)

After considering the proposal, together with comments, the council has decided to grant planning permission subject to condition. (can be found at )

How does your neighbourhood grow?

Sheffield City Council is currently talking to people about the part of the Sheffield Development Framework that looks at City Policies and Sites. This focuses on places in Sharrow in a lot more detail and so will impact on the day to day life. These include:

• Residential (Housing, flats etc) no longer being an acceptable use of the ground floor units along London Road District Centre. This is so that it is retained as shops, restaurants and takeaways, drawing people in to the area and serving the needs of local people.

Abbeydale Road will be contracted into three smaller neighbourhood centres rather than running the full length of the road. This will offer the potential for residential uses between these sections of shops .

Shoreham Street and Worstenholme Road would not be designated as neighbourhood centres. This is due to National Planning Policy which states that “small parades of Shops of purely neighbourhood significance are not regarded as centres”.

• The Lower Porter Valley area would have a preferred use of Offices.

Guernsey Road area and the Queens Road corridor is proposed for a flexible range of
employment uses with housing no longer accepted.

• The John Street area would be subdivided into two mixed use areas with a respective bias towards housing for the John Street Triangle Conservation Area and Offices for the area along Bramall Lane. This would mean that general industry and warehouses would no longer be accepted. This would have an impact on sites such as Stag andPortland Works .

• Protection is given to historic cemeteries as well as parks and gardens, this means the General Cemetery and St Mary’s Church.

Gateways to the city centre will be improved. The policies at the moment specify that this will be to create striking tall buildings at the ring road .

It is currently possible to comment on these proposals and to view them on the proposals map. This can be accessed at .

For more info see: Sharrow Today issue August 2010 page 8.

Monday, 7 June 2010

lloyds corner - lamp history pavment text

first idea for the history of the lamp text (phase 1) stencilled onto the pavement around the lamp

Monday, 17 May 2010

Black Country Creative Advantage

This project is investigating regenration through Art and is well worth a look..

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Distinctive Sharrow Action Group Agenda Tuesday 11th May 2010 6pm (TONIGHT!)

1. Introductions and apologies

2. Lloyds Corner

3. Empty Shops and Artists

4. Art Trail II

5. Portland Works Open days

6. Sharrow Signpost

7. Any other business

8. Next Meeting

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Invitation to be part of the Sheffield Development Framework Consultation

Distinctive Sharrow Action Group has been invited to be part of the next stage of the Sheffield Development Framework Consultation. This would be coupled with the opprtunity to receive training from Planning Aid about the possible implications of these plans/ support in understanding them. I will keep everyone informed of this possiblitiy, if it is something which you think may be of interest, please let me know.

Empty Shops

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Portland Works Exhibition at Bank Street Arts

From Tuesday, 30 March 2010 - 10:00
To Saturday, 17 April 2010 - 17:00

Portland Works

A curated group exhibition designed to draw attention to the traditional skills practiced at Portland Works and the people whose livelihood depends on it continuing as a working/creative community. Portland Works is under threat of closure as one of Sheffield’s remaining small industrial works, because of plans to redevelop it as apartments and offices. This lively and diverse exhibition of art and craft is designed to engage Sheffield people in an awareness of their industrial heritage and its relevance to their lives. The exhibition blurs the boundaries between art and industry, situating the objects of production, both past and present in an art gallery context, for public viewing. It juxtaposes artefacts produced by craftspeople against artists’ responses to the objects and their environment in the form of paintings, photographs, installations, sculpture and film.

This exhibition runs from 30th March to 17th April

Nic Bate and Matt Risby

An installation comprising of video and sounds depicting one whole day in the working life of Portland Works. This comprises of multiple screens showing edited footage of the inhabitants of the Works; craftspeople, musicians, artists etc to portray the diversity and breadth of talent that exists there.

This exhibition runs from 30th march to 1st May, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

For more information, please contact Bank Street Arts on 0114 346 3034

Location : Bank Street Arts, S1 2DS‎

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Distinctive Sharrow Action Group meeting

The next Distinctive Sharrow Action group meeting will be held at the Old Junior School, South View Road on Tuesday 6th April at 6.30pm.

Please send any agenda items through to me at before this date

We will update/ have a chat about the following:

1. Lloyds Corner
2. Lowfield Myspace
3. Empty Shops and Artists
4. Portland Works
5. Art trail
6. Project planning and proposals

Monday, 8 March 2010

musical corner at lloyds?

inspriatio for lloyds corner?

If you've recently visited the University of Plymouth in Devon, or you're a student there right now, then you might be familiar with the Roland Levinsky building -- a monolithic construction built in 2007 to house the arts and architecture faculties on the edge of the University. Each year, the institution holds a festival called the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, which is now in its sixth year.

This year, however, the organisers have chosen to begin the festival in a rather innovative way -- by turning the building itself into an instrument. In a performance called "Sunlight Symphony: Sunrise", artists Alexis Kirke and Tim Hodgson have placed light sensors in windows on each floor of the building, facing the direction of sunrise -- and as the sun emerges over the horizon and the first rays of light land on the uppermost sensor, a single note will ring out around the building.

As the light hits the next floor down, another note will sound, and so on until all nine floors are activated -- producing nine different layers of audio. Then, as the sun climbs higher in the sky and the intensity of the received light increases, the intensity and complexity of the music will build, producing melodies and harmonies that play through surround speakers located throughout the Roland Levinsky building.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Gas Lamp listing

The official listing of the gas lamp (and a very nice photo) can be found here:

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

permeable pavements

I think this website is full of useful information, which could be apply at asmall scale for Lloyds corner (a sort of demonstration site) in an imaginative way. Laurence

Monday, 8 February 2010

Lloyds Corner: The Removal of Objects

Hello... Having done a bit of research (well, asked Dave...) I have found out it costs £10,000 per phone box for them to be removed! so a costly process...

Monday, 1 February 2010

Surelight sheffield

Got some info through at work from this sheffield company called Surelight. They could be very useful to provide design input / pricing for any outdoor lighting scheme.