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An aerial photograph of a circular concrete platform in a body of water. Extending from the platform in the top left of the image is a bridge or jetty. On the opposite side of platform to the bridge is a solar panel and in the centre is some venting and a metal panel. Around the edge of the platform is a metal railing. An aerial photograph of a circular concrete platform in a body of water. Extending from the platform in the top left of the image is a bridge or jetty. On the opposite side of platform to the bridge is a solar panel and in the centre is some venting and a metal panel. Around the edge of the platform is a metal railing.

Matterlurgy, Ways of Water, 2023 © the artists

Matterlurgy, Ways of Water, 2023 © the artists

Ways of Water

Thu 15 February - Sun 12 May 2024

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition by Matterlurgy
(Helena Hunter & Mark Peter Wright)


Ways of Water explores local water infrastructures, from historic wells to expansive reservoirs across sites in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The exhibition follows the historic and contemporary implications of the Sheffield cholera epidemic of 1832, which emerged because of unsanitary water conditions.

Discover film, photography, sculpture and archives exploring the different scales and effects of wells and reservoirs, juxtaposing sites of community action with larger water infrastructures. Within these sites and structures is a focus on memory and monument. How do we remember past events, culturally? What objects, rituals and beliefs maintain personal and collective memories? How can the past inform future action?

Water is central to human and planetary survival. As a crucial life-sustaining element for every living organism, it needs maintenance and care, as does remembrance. This exhibition highlights these themes and invites visitors to consider their relationship to water, health, memory and loss on both a local and global scale.

Find out more about Matterlurgy and their work here

Part of The Mouth in collaboration with Arts Catalyst, two exhibitions that unearth cavities, portals and openings in the landscape through images and sound. The Mouth continues at Soft Ground with Skylarking by Ashley Holmes.

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Tue–Sat 10am–5pm

Sun 11am–4pm

The Millennium Gallery escalator and lift are both currently out of use - step-free access between floors is available via the side entrance on Cadman Lane

Millennium Gallery

Arundel Gate

Sheffield

S1 2PP

An aerial photograph of a circular concrete platform in a body of water. Extending from the platform in the top left of the image is a bridge or jetty. On the opposite side of platform to the bridge is a solar panel and in the centre is some venting and a metal panel. Around the edge of the platform is a metal railing.

Matterlurgy, Ways of Water, 2023

© the artists

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