September’s Festival of the Mind programme features Fine Art researchers Chloë Brown, Penny McCarthy and Yuen Fong Ling

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This September brings the return of the Sheffield Festival of the Mind, a unique collaboration between our academic colleagues and experts from Sheffield’s cultural and creative industries. Chloë Brown and Yuen Fong Ling are presenting artists’ talks at the Spiegeltent over the next couple of weeks, in collaboration with Making Ways.

Penny McCarthy will also be showing a new series of over 100 paintings as part of a collaborative commission on a new theatre work, Beware the Cat.

Making Ways Artists’ Talks at Festival of the Mind
Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool Sheffield
Thursday 20 September to Thursday 27 September, 1PM
Free to attend. The full programme can be found here.

In collaboration with Festival of the Mind, Making Ways is running a series of free talks by Sheffield based artists. Grab some lunch, come along and find out about art happening in the city. These talks form part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

Yuen Fong Ling – Towards Memorial: After Edward Carpenter (1844-1929)
Friday 21 September, 1PM

Towards Memorial explores the (re) making of bespoke sandals originally designed and made by socialist, writer, poet and activist Edward Carpenter. The presentation considers the act of remembrance, protest and resistance by wearing a pair of sandals…with socks!

Chloë Brown – A Soft Rebellion in Paradise
Monday 24th September, 1PM

Sheffield-based artist Chloë Brown presents a series of Soft Rebellions in post-industrial cities Stoke-on-Trent, Detroit and Sheffield. The Soft Rebellions involve dancing, eating, meeting and applauding in places where it is considered inappropriate to do so. This talk explores the challenges and questions that contribute to narratives within a city. Find out more here and here.

Other events

Cat Shadow Puppet – one of the specially commissioned images for the performance (Beware the Cat, Festival of the Mind) by Penny McCarthy

Cat Shadow Puppet – one of the specially commissioned images for the performance by Penny McCarthy

Festival of the Mind – Beware the Cat
Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool Sheffield
Saturday 22 September, 5PM – 6PM

What if we understood the language of cats? William Baldwin’s satirical 16th century novel Beware the Cat tells the story of a curious theologian whose alchemical experiments reveal the talk of cats amongst themselves. This entertaining and visual performance reading brings Baldwin’s book to the stage for the first time.

This collaboration brings together a unique combination of researchers and experts from the fields of contemporary theatre, adaptation studies, fine art, animal studies, linguistics, and early modern studies: Penny McCarthy (Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University), Rachel StennerFrances BabbageTerry O’ConnorBill McDonnellBob McKayRobyn Orfitelli.

Chloë Brown is an artist and Senior Lecturer/Course Leader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, living in Sheffield, UK. She has an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London (1994), and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading (1987).

Yuen Fong Ling is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.

Penny McCarthy is a Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out more about her work here.