Monday, 22 December 2008

Flags Update: London Road

Lantern making workshops

Flags- mock up idea for design..

In spring next year, flags, designed in workshops run by CAN, (who run the Lantern Festival Workshops, will be hoisted on buisnesses at the top of London Road.

The workshops will run early next year in venues around Sharrow. If you would like to be involved in the making workshops, or you have a business on London Road and would be intertested in hoisting a flag, please contact either Julia Udall at Sharow Community Forum: or Lu Golob at CAN

Meeting Place on Lloyds Corner

Space for Art on Lloyds Corner

1. Art Gallery, New York, Steven Holl
2. Paintings in Paris

3. Pumpkins in Birmingham

Planting/ Greening Lloyds Corner

1. Sunflowers, Schiphol Airport

2. Green wall, London

3. Paley park, NYC

4. Green wall, Paris

One of the ideas to make a tree covered space is to make tree hats out of willow... any other ideas?

Place for games and interaction on Lloyds Corner

One of the ideas for the space that has been popular with people we have spoken to so far has been a placce for games or interaction. The images above are (from top to bottom)

1. Andy Wahol, 'The Lindy Tuckk and Turn Man'
2. Hop scotch that lights up as you jump on it

3. Boule on Bastille Day in NYC

4. Scissors, paper, stone- grafitti showing point for games play

5. No Mind Ganmes sign, Shoreditch

6. Chess board (pieces could be stored in Lloyds Chemsists or other local shop)

7. Pop up lampposts that become a cinema screen

In order to try some of these games out we could do with some chalk, some ideas of how to make chess pices, boule balls or some images that we could pin uup on the wall to chow it is a place for games... Does anyone have any other ideas for games that could be played here?

Surface treatment of Lloyds Corner

One of the key ideas for the development of lloyds corner was to apply a treatment to the paving- this could be colour, texture or even something responsive such as musical paving that makes a sound when people walk on it...

The images above (from top to bottom) are 1. Objects set into resin set in paving (sorry its so unclear, but use your imagination!)2. Musical paving in Bedofrdshire, 3. Dublin Docks, and 4. & 5. the Blue Carpet in Newcastle.

In order to try these ideas out it would be useful to have:

Large piece of fabric/ carpet/ precussion instruments/ ?..

Lloyds Corner Making Workshop 17th January 2009

We will be making a series of stage sets detailed above, please blog to contribute:

1. Ideas for how these can be developed/ be more exciting/ allow people to engage with them
2. Materials and ideas of how to make them
3. Time either at the making workshop and/or the event

You can do this by commenting on each of the titled stage sets, either by adding photos or text

Friday, 19 December 2008

Bird and Bee/ Handspring Design

Si Applied

Tom Pearman

Dave Appleyard

“Welcome to Sharrow” Signpost project

We have now commissioned an artist for the ‘Welcome to Sharrow’ signposts competition. Artists from all over the country expressed an interest in the project; the commissioning process was very challenging due to the very high standard of entries.

The successful candidate, chosen from a shortlist of four, is collaborative, using the skills and knowledge of ‘Handspring Design’ and ‘Bird and Bee’. Handspring’s website is and 'Bird and Bee's' is We felt that they had a very high quality of final product, strength in a variety of mediums and great experience of running creative involvement programmes and workshops.

The project commences in mid January and the design phase will run for six weeks. There will be a number of workshops where you can get involved in the design process. Details of when, where and how to get involved will be posted here as the project develops.

The shortlisted artists we: Si Applied, Dave Appleyard, Tom Pearman, Bird and Bee/ Handspring Design. Above are some of the images sent to us during the shortlisting process; a copy of the brief is available from

Friday, 12 December 2008

Minutes from Meeting Tuesday 9th December

Attendees Luisa Golob (Chair) Laurance Pattacini Julia Udall Catherine Crompton

The minutes of this meeting have now been removed. Please contact the action group at if you would like a copy of these minutes

Monday, 8 December 2008

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be Tuesday 8th December at 6.30 in the meeting room at the Old Junior School. Please forward any agenda items to Lu!


Friday, 28 November 2008

links and possible future projects?

Lloyds Corner landscape and urban design ideas

feedback on washing line of urban design

  1. People liked: 2 Comments: Perfect invitation for street drinkers to return 12 residents 100% no seating Seamans, Mind, Local Trading Company, Jay Jays, Opticians, Ink Express, Ted Williams. Twistys
  2. People liked:6 Comments:Like the paving Not bad 3 comments: Cobbles unsafe for elderly resident (Kersley Road)
  3. People liked: 9 Comments : Looks impressive but not suitable. A place to stop and think. I like this but it is likely to get vandalised and it would be a tripping hazard for the blind and elderly. Could put some small pieces on some of the kerb. Small clusters near the kerb edge distanced about 3ft apart will stop cars driving onto the area.
  4. People liked: 7 Comments : I like this idea (resident). Maybe a lot smaller bushes. OK. I like bushes around trees.
  5. People liked: 3 Comments: Perfect for kids + mums to relax. Not a good idea too near a main road to have unsupervised children playing. Parent. Area too small for a water feature that kids could play in, but I like the idea. Resident. Too many health and safety issues.
  6. People liked: 8 Comments : I like this, who would maintain the pots. Resident. Looks nice would need to be secured to floor, and not too big. Resident. It’s ok. Resident. Nice and colourful (2 comments).. I like sunflowers.
  7. People liked: 6 Comments : Ok. Worker. Could display local schools artwork. Resident. OK would need to make sure it didn’t block access and visibility.

  8. People liked: 8 Comments : Shelter with more green. Simple interactive fun. Re-instate gas lamp. A social sheltered space, seating and gathering space like Facony Square in France. Very green, very funny. Like the idea but not with shelter, or seating. Shop owner. Nice but I don’t think it would get used properly, people anything it if was not fastened down. Resident. Perhaps something similar that could be used without pieces. Belgrave Square
  9. People liked: 4 Comments: Trees lots of them. Nice idea, but too many trees. Resident. Perhaps just a couple of trees. Thorpe Close. Trees + permanent space clearing for temporary exhibitions(community)
  10. People liked: 5 Comments: The kiosk might be alright it depends what it is used for . A small kiosk prompting London road amenities. Used by different shops from the street promotion.
  11. People liked: None Comments: no comments

  12. People liked: 2 Comments: Flat with the floor colour reflective. I like this it is interesting and makes you think of the environment. Would just be sat or laid upon. Alderson Road. Dangerous for infirm and elderly. Thorpe Close. Area is not big enough for this. Worker London Road.
  13. People liked: 5 Comments: No comments

Lloyds Corner Summary I

Lloyds Corner .
Informal public consultation (Saturday 4th October 2008)

The following note is based on the comments collected on site on Saturday 4th October and in the Lloyds Pharmacy shop by Paula. I did not have a chance to look at and transcribe the original post it and therefore this note is based on the document produced by Paula. The consultation was very limited and therefore is not necessarily representative of the views/desires of the people using the Lloyds corner. However the following ideas emerge from the comments. (the quotations from the notes are in italics; in italics bold when they come from the board rather than the images, I added the words in red to help understanding the context, the general comments are based on my interpretation)
· Words used to described what the space could look like:
o Nice and colourful
o Simple interactive fun/very funny
o Very green/more green
o Like the paving/looks impressive
o Bushes around trees
o Water feature that kids could play in but area too small/health and safety issues
o Trees lots of them but not too many trees, just a couple of trees
o Trees +permanent space clearing for temporary exhibitions(community)
o The monumental sculpture with colourful background had 5 votes but no comments
o Sculptures
o Not too ambitious
· Need to find a function for that space
o A social Sheltered space, seating and gathering space
o Display local school artworks/art space
o A place to stop and think
o Stop cars driving onto the area
o For kids and mum to relax/art children can climb on
o A small kiosk prompting London Road amenities, used by different shops for the street promotion
o Make you think of the environment (sculpture in paving)
o A market once a week
o Anything that is good for business
o Grow some food/plants
o Milk shake bar
o Temporary big screen for cinema, blades away matches
· Identification of potential problems
o Who would maintain the pots
o Secured to floor
o Make sure it did not block access and visibility
o Perfect invitation for street drinkers to return
o Cobbles unsafe for elderly resident/tripping hazard for the blind and elderly(paving)
o It is likely to get vandalised
o Not a good idea near a main road to have unsupervised children playing
· Other specific suggestions (based on the suggestions on board)
o Re-instate gas lamp
o Dog mess bin
o Solar energy
o Wind break
o A neighbourhood warden

General comments
· Contradiction between preferences for welcoming space to seat, chat, eat…etc and the strong opinion that any sitting arrangement even informal would attract street drinkers, which is perceived to be the main problem by local residents and shop keepers. My suggestion would be to have a temporary arrangement of sitting/shelter may be a mobile café (I have seen that in London and at the wood craft fair in Endcliffe Park), to test/demonstrate the effect of reclaiming the space for other activities rather than unoccupied and neglected.
· The image showing a more informal birch woodland was not selected by any participant; this might indicate that Lloyds Corner is perceived as an urban space; Implying dominance of hard surfaces, visually open and intensively maintained. However in order to create more sustainable urban environment, we (professionals/environmentalists) are promoting more porous surfaces in dense urban locations to allow for rain water to permeate on site and reduce risk of flooding; I suppose the challenge is to achieve the right balance.
· The less inspiring image with the sculptural bike parking arrangement did not get any vote; this might reveal higher expectation for the space, not just functional with uninspiring street furniture?

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Next Meeting Date

The next Action Group meeting has been proposed for the 26th Nov at 6.30pm at the meeting room at The Old School, South View Road. I will draw up an agenda, which I will forward around before the meeting for anyone to add other items, the recent email from Julia be our main focus (building exploratory)

The 26th of the month will be generally when I will be calling meetings however we will discuss how people feel about this at the next meeting and also decide what we will do about Christmas time..

Tools: Lloyds Corner Urban Design Folder

Building Exploratory II: 2008-9

The Building Exploratory will have two key elements; the displays and the workshops. The displays will primarily include three Sheffield University Live Projects, (Lost in Lansdowne, Grow Sheffield Food Map and Arch). There will also be displays relating to the Distinctive Sharrow Toolkit, The Distinctive Sharrow Action Group, and the shortlist of the signposts competition and update on the flags project and the work of Holly Barnes, the Community Forester.

It has been decided that we will run three workshops, the first about Lloyds Corner, which will be designed by the action group according to the outcomes of their current research into the space and its significance. The second will be an architecture trail which will invite people to photograph their local buildings and also map their routes through the area. The third will be a signposts project where people will design and place signposts in places around Sharrow. These workshops will need to be designed in greater detail. The information gathered from them will be fed into briefs for action in Sharrow and be displayed in the shop for the duration of the project.

We now need to confirm a venue and hope to hold the exploratory within the next couple of months. The shop opening hours will depend on the availability of the forum staff and volunteers. A timetable will be posted on the blog where volunteers can sign up to times. The shop window will be used to further promote the events and also to display the work produced during the events.

The outcomes of the shop should be:

1. To inform: present the projects that are currently ongoing- live projects (Lansdowne/ Arch/ Grow Sheffield), toolkit projects (Flags/ Signs/ Lloyd’s Corner), and Community Forrester projects.

2. To allow people to speculate on where these projects should go next, feed in to emerging briefs and respond to what has happened before.

3.To engage local businesses and allow them a space to give their views on their area.

4. To publicise the Action Group and invite people to join in.

Monday, 3 November 2008


4th November 2008

Join us for the first in a series of open monthly sessions inviting discussion around participation, action and interdisciplinary collaboration in local urban contexts.

With presentations from...

Anne Marie Culhane {Grow Sheffield}

Transition Sheffield

The sessions aim to explore contemporary social, artistic and urban issues, whilst encouraging informal networking and dialogue between local practitioners, professionals and residents, generating new ideas and collaborations.

Drinks and a basic buffet will be provided, but if you can, please bring an item of food, however small, to add to the table!

For more information on Ta(l)king Place to join the mailing list contact Sam or Charlotte at
Phone: 07516641482

This project is part of the Invitations To Join In programme, a series of participatory projects delivered collaboratively by Encounters and local artists, organisations and individuals interested in participation and dialogue. Invitations To Join In is running from the Encounters Shop, Sharrow, Sheffield.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Building Exploratory

Dear All,


I would like to throw open the offer of some space in a shop unit on London Road to the Action Group for events/ workshops or displays relating to the actions we are carrying out. This could provide us with another type of space to talk to people, bring people together and think about Sharrow's Built Environment. We hope to hire a shop unit in a prominent location from Monday 17th November- Sunday 30th November, although this will include setting up time for the displays.

A few of us are meeting on Monday 3rd November at 1.30pm in the Old Sharrow Junior School- although we can schedule an evening meeting if people would like to be involved and cannot attend at this time.

We are hoping to use the space to also exhibit the work from the Sheffield University Architecture Live Projects that have been going on during the last month in the Sharrow area so that we can consider how to take the ideas forward- make the most of all of the research that they have carried out... more info on these projects is available at

If you would like more information, please let me know.

Events with Shops.

I have contacted Alan Deadman who runs the Sharrow fringe Festival about work with local shops along london road. This is his reply:

"Yes, a few years ago when I started the Fringe I raised £20,000 from the Arts Council for 2 years worth of Fringe Festival: this enabled us to employ a number of community arts development workers to develop creative projects together with many of the local shops (Ruth & Trish were 2 of the workers): it worked very well but was of course resource intensive; if there are any ideas to beef up the Fringe Festival next year (likely to be 4th July - 18th, one side of it that I do want to big up next summer is the film element.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Sharrow Signposts brief

As part of the Distinctive Sharrow Toolkit, a small amount of funding has been made available to develop the creative part of a ‘Welcome to Sharrow’ signposts project. It is hoped that if well considered, this could be taken forward to produce the signage with support from Sheffield City Council.

Project Outcomes:
Stage 1, Design

· To develop a design for a ‘Welcome to Sharrow’ sign or signs that respond to the identity(ies) of Sharrow. The design should be very ambitious in terms of quality and concept. Adventurous, playful and critical ideas will be favoured.
· To consider where the sign(s) may be placed to have maximum impact. This may include considering what the boundaries of Sharrow are or key connections that should be made. Critical to this aspect of the project is consideration to who owns the land on which it is to be placed/ permissions required to erect it and how it fits with legislation governing highways, planning permission, and the like. Some initial research into this has been carried out, however it will be the basis for the feasibility of the project so must be thoroughly researched and relationships formed.
· To consider how and through whom the sign(s) will be manufactured. The artist will be responsible for the design fabrication and installation of the work and will work with to develop the details of the construction. The work must be durable, responding to the public environment in which it is placed.
· To cost the production/ installation of the signage and an outline idea of any maintenance that may be involved. This may include conversations with streetforce.

Stage 2, Manufacture and Installation (not included in this bid)
· The artist is required to manufacture the work and install it on site. There will be no other works on site and the artist is required to provide all equipment materials and welfare facilities. The artist will make provision to ensure that proper Health and Safety (particularly Construction, Design and Management regulations (2007) if they are deemed to apply) and working practices are observed.

Project Objectives:
To develop the identity of Sharrow as seen by those living and working in the area and within Sheffield.
To make relationships between Sharrow Community Forum, Distinctive Sharrow Action Group, local artists and the council, in order that procedures for commissioning further creative projects are explored and the council can have confidence in the process.
To work with local people or as part of a collective of local artists; these projects should be Sharrow led and develop skills within the area.

Selection Criteria
The commission will be advertised locally and nationally and three artists will be shortlisted by the panel which includes members of the Distinctive Sharrow Action Group, Sharrow community forum, Sharrow partnership and Sheffield United Football Club. The shortlisted artists will be invited to attend an interview. Applications are invited from individual artists or artist teams.

The entries will be judged by the Distinctive Sharrow Action Group and on the flowing criteria:
How the proposal responds to the brief, including the principles outlined and the findings of the Distinctive Sharrow project and the exploration of identity in the area
The feasibility of the project in terms of all aspects of its implementation such as planning permission, manufacture, cost of manufacture etc
The value that the bid is seen to represent

Commissioning Panel
The commissioning panel will consist of one member of Sharrow Community Forum, one member of Sharrow Partnership or relevant service provider associated with that particular brief (in this case could be streetforce) and two members of the Distinctive Sharrow Action Group.

Process and Timescales:

All submissions of interest to arrive by: Monday 1st December

Shortlistsing: Tuesday 2nd- Friday 12th December

Interviews of shortlisted entrants: Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th December

Project programme: Six weeks, commencing 2nd January 2009

Indicative Budget for Stage 1:
£3,000 including VAT, materials and expenses

Application process:
To register an expression of interest, please send:

· A letter of application which clearly states why you are interested in this project, your experience of this type of work and how you would approach the commission and any partnerships/ collaboration which you may be interested in creating to carry out the project. Max 1,000 words
· Breakdown of costs for the first stage of the project.
· Up to five images with descriptions of recent relevant work. This could either be in electronic or hard format.
· Details of two referees
· An SAE if you require the material to be returned

This material should be sent by post (hard copy of written documents and CD or hard copy of images) rather that by email to:

Julia Udall
Sharrow Community Forum
The Old Junior School
South View Road
S7 1BD

This material should be received no later than: 1st December 2008

Distinctive Sharrow Action Group Minutes 23/10/08

Distinctive Sharrow Action Group Minutes

The Old Junior School, Thursday 23rd October 6pm

Attendance: Rosalie Wyatt, Laurance Pattacini, Mel Pearson, Paula Ridsdale, Terry & Horatio, Julia Udall

The minutes of this meeting have now been removed. Please contact the action group at if you would like a copy of these minutes

Sharrow Community Forum: Mission, values, objectives and activities

Below is the Sharrow Forums' Mission Statement, and although the Distinctive Sharrow Action Group will have a different one, some members of the group thought that it might be useful to see what the forum had developed.

To be an active champion for the communities of Sharrow in the social, physical and economic regeneration of the area

Our VALUES are:
Equality of access
Partnership working
Cultural diversity recognised and celebrated
Equality and justice

1. To represent the needs of the people of Sharrow
a) Monitoring social and community change
b) Determining and articulating community needs
c) Lobbying policy makers as relevant
d) Providing leadership as appropriate
e) Lobbying on behalf of community need at e.g. planning, council, housing association meetings, South Sheffield Partnership meetings, Blades Partner ship
f) Contributing to the Area Panel and other strategic bodies

2. To facilitate and encourage community cohesion
a) Working to establish trust between different groups and communities
b) Co-ordinating umbrella groups, joint working and partnerships
c) Facilitating formal and informal networking
d) Connecting community, local organisations businesses and statutory bodies, facilitating discussion and brokering the differing interests

3. To encourage participative strategic planning in Sharrow
By …….
a) Promoting mutual trust and accountability across organisations
b) Developing a business plan for Sharrow Community Forum that supports the co-ordination of relevant area wide strategies
c) Influencing strategic planning in Sharrow across all themes (e.g. health, education, housing)
d) Encouraging strategic multi-organisation funding bids

4. To develop community capacity in Sharrow to engage in strategic issues
a) Encouraging and facilitating the proactive exchange of information
b) Signposting organisations and individuals to appropriate sources of information and support
c) Provision of a Job Net service
d) Co-ordinating capacity building training and resources
e) Providing resources that enable community engagement

5. To be proactive in promoting effective and active communication
a) Being proactive in the dissemination of information in the area
b) Promoting information about local cultural and faith community festivals
c) Promoting listening, discussion and communication
d) Providing a sounding board for individuals and organisations
e) Producing a newsletter for Sharrow

6. To become a sustainable organisation
a) Researching and consulting on potential methods of income generation
b) Promoting and developing sources of income
c) Developing good employment practices
d) Assessing the environmental impact of working practice

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The next meeting of the Distinctive Sharrow Action Group will be Thursday 23rd October 2008 at 6pm.
It will be held at The Old Junior School, South View Road, Sharrow, Sheffield. S7 1DB.
If you are unsure as to where this is, please contact for directions.
All Welcome


The next meeting of the Distinctive Sharrow Action Group will be this Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 6pm.

It will be held in The Old Junior School, South View Road, Sharrow, S7 1DB

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washing line of urban design
lounge here!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Some questions to get things started …

  • Should the group create and develop briefs for small interventions and commission artists and other professionals?
  • Can the group create temporary art projects, events and activity that use public spaces and explore the issues raised through the Distinctive Sharrow Toolkit (such as connections, identity, and desires for spaces and places)?
  • What are priority areas for action?
  • What opportunities do our current relationships present?
  • What skills/ links/ people/ knowledge/ relationships do we need to develop that the group currently doesn't have?