Soft Ground - A New Communal Space for Creativity

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 12:00

Soft Ground - a communal space for creativity

We are delighted to announce that Arts Catalyst is opening a new space in Sheffield City Centre called Soft Ground. 

What is it and where?
Soft Ground is a free to access public space for learning, shared by creative charities and not for profit organisations who advocate for social change through arts and community practices. It has been set up on a temporary basis for charities and community groups to host meetings, events and creative activities as well as providing a reading and resource space in the city centre.
Why have we set it up?
Initiated by Arts Catalyst in partnership with Andro & Eve, Bloc Projects and Migration Matters Festival, we are testing out ways of creating civic space in Sheffield city centre. Soft Ground explores how a shared site can become a communal resource for artists, cultural producers, communities, groups and members of the public to meet, learn and socialise with each other.
Who is it for and who are we working with?
Soft Ground will host events, workshops and creative activities open to the public and programmed by Arts Catalyst; temporary workspace for artists and socially committed projects facilitated by Bloc Projects; office and activity space for Andro & Eve and Migration Matters Festival; and free meeting space for local groups and communities. 
The space — which we are occupying on a temporary basis — is on the Moor in Sheffield city centre. It is on the first floor of a building with lift access.
How to get involved
This winter 2022 -23, we’re inviting creative charities and not for profit organisations active in South Yorkshire to use Soft Ground for their activities, meetings, workshops, exhibitions and events. Find out more here. 
Soft Ground has been designed and built by Sheffield-based architecture practice Studio Polpo.
About our Collaborators
Andro and Eve is is queer arts organisation who create memorable events and opportunities to celebrate queer culture. Their programme focuses on those otherwise marginalise, to reflect and celebrate the diversity that exists within the LGBTQ+ community. 
Bloc Projects is a contemporary arts organisation in the centre of Sheffield whose programme provides opportunities for cross disciplinary participatory learning and skill development, for creative practitioners and the wider public.
Migration Matters Festival is an international arts festival celebrating the contributions of migrants & Refugees who have come to Sheffield, the UK’s first City of Sanctuary. It is held annually to coincide with Refugee week in June.