Rose Butler’s ‘The Fairs’ selected for Northern Artists’ Film Programme

Cropped still from Rose Butler's 'The Fair', courtesy of Rose Butler ( - Featuring a fair ground ride in the background of a quiet Sheffield car park.

The Northern Artists’ Film Programme is a selection of cutting-edge work from innovative artists across the north, featuring work from students and new talent as well as established filmmakers. Work was submitted through open call and selected by a professional panel.

For one day Quays Culture are presenting a diverse programme of artists’ films, including Rose Butler‘s digital short The Fairs.

Filmed from the quiet edges of a city centre car park The Fairs presents a dual-screen work of two fairground rides appearing and then disappearing behind old industrial buildings and the John Lewis department store. The film evokes questions of escape, control, voyeurism, immersion and complicity.

Rose Butler is an artist, researcher and senior lecturer of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, she works with video, photography, sound, animation and installation. She is a Doctoral Researcher registered in C3RI and sponsored by the SHU Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Scheme. She is also a board member of Bloc Projects, Sheffield and a freelance artist mentor. Find out more about Rose’s work here.