In 2013 we awarded a grant of £9,000 to Art Sheffield for their Festival of Contemporary Art.
The grant enabled Art Sheffield to agree the loan of 'Wirtschaftswerte' ('Economic Values') by Joseph Beuys from the SMAK collection in Ghent. Art Sheffield took this key historical work as the provocation for the festival theme, Zero Hours and the exhibition and public programme was built around it.
The festival exhibition, Zero Hours, was co-curated by five participating organisations: Bloc Projects; Museums Sheffield; Site Gallery; S1 Artspace; and Sheffield Institute of Arts (Sheffield Hallam University), and featured work by international, UK and Sheffield-based artists.
The Zero Hours festival comprised 73 days of exhibitions and performances, 7 new commissions, 22 workshops and activity sessions and offered 152 days of employment for artists. It welcomed 24,471 visitors and 980 people took part in talks, events and workshops.
Each venue reported increased visitor footfall during the exhibition with some venues doubling visitors compared to the same period last year. 98% of visitors said they would recommend visiting Art Sheffield to friends and family members. The longer-term impact has been that there are now several new collaborative projects planned between visual arts partners over the coming years which have arisen from working together on the festival.