No Bounds Festival 2024 – “Entanglement, commons and cultural mycelium”, a Blog by Amy Carter Gordon

No Bounds Banner Logo (courtesy of No Bounds Festival)

Curator and Innovation Manager, Amy Carter Gordon, Culture and Creativity Research Institute, shares the value of collaborating with No Bounds independent festival in Sheffield in order to engage audiences in practice-based cultural research and innovation in non-traditional venues across the city from neighbourhood social enterprises to an artist studio basement. Entanglement, commons and cultural mycelium For my curated strand of […]

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Penny McCarthy receives DYCP award from Arts Council England

Photo-realistic pencil drawing of crashing ocean waves with moon in the background. Image provided by Penny McCarthy

Penny has received a Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) award from Arts Council England to develop research towards her new project Ocean exploring art historical representations of Venice in relation to understandings of environmental catastrophe across time. Penny McCarthy is a Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Penny is an artist and academic with a particular interest in […]

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Penny McCarthy’s ‘Catworld’ article published by Textual Practice Journal

Detail from 9-panel grid comic page of ink drawings of cats in a variety of situations in house in Spitalfields London, illustrating William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat. Image provided by Penny McCarthy.

Penny’s visual article ‘Catworld’ has been published by the Textual Practice Journal (Taylor & Francis Routledge), and are available to view on the journal website here: Catworld  The introduction of the full special issue ‘Animality, Performance, and Voice: William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat’ in Textual Practice Volume 37, Issue 7 (2023)‘ discusses Penny’s work in relation to the whole practice-based research […]

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Penny McCarthy’s exhibition ‘Cloud Falls in Love With Mortal’ opens on 8th October 2022

Penny McCarthy, Cloud falls in love with mortal, pencil on paper. Photo Hugo Glendinning.

Solo exhibition by the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award Winner 2019 at Hastings Contemporary. Cloud falls in love with mortal is a solo exhibition by Penny McCarthy and comprises an extensive series of graphite drawings made between 2019 and 2022. The artist received the biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in 2019. The catalyst for these drawings was a newspaper image from […]

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‘A City That Welcomes Art’: Three Sheffield artists reflect on winning major prizes in Corridor8 article, including Penny McCarthy

Penny McCarthy was recently featured in a Corridor8 article titled ‘A City That Welcomes Art: Three Sheffield artists reflect on winning major prizes’. The article endorses Sheffield’s creative landscape as going from strength to strength and describes 2019 as being a ‘bumper crop’ with three Sheffield artists securing major national prizes, of which Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam […]

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‘Introduction to Gravity with Penny McCarthy’ – First lecture of the Gravity 2020: Museum series on Thursday 30 January

Image of Gravity logo, Museum Sheffield logo and Detail from The Temple of Time by Emma Willard (1846)

Gravity: Museum We look forward to a new season of Gravity lectures convened in partnership with Museums Sheffield. Through Gravity, we offer an innovation platform that aims to build a learning community seeking new forms of understanding of art practice through speculative conversations that are often propositional and co-created between students and speakers. Each presentation will begin with a discussion […]

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Penny McCarthy wins the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Composite banner image of Penny McCarthy's 'DNA in Nature' and the logo of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Prize logo

Update – 10 December 2019  Penny’s achievement was recently featured in the Contemporary Visual Arts Network in a piece celebrating three Sheffield artists winning prestigious national awards over the past few months. Find out more here. Penny’s success has also been reported in the Sheffield Telegraph – read the article, in which Penny is interviewed, here.   We are pleased […]

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A Strange Weave of Time and Place – Exhibition at Site Gallery 12 – 28 July 2019

A Strange Weave of Time and Place

A new exhibition curated by ADRC PhD student Jeanine Griffin, is announced at Site Gallery in Sheffield. The exhibition ‘A Strange Weave of Time and Place’ explores notions of aura & authenticity in the post-digital context. Among the artists whose work is featured are Sheffield Hallam University Art and Design Research Centre‘s PhD student Diana Taylor, Fine Art reader Penny McCarthy and recent SHU […]

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‘Beware the Cat’ artist Penny McCarthy interviewed in The Guardian

'Your cat is watching you' Guardian article

A piece in The Guardian today by Arifa Akbar about new stage show ‘Beware the Cat’ includes an interview with Fine Art reader Penny McCarthy. The article “‘Your cat is watching you!’ The fearless felines hidden by their author”, by Arifa Akbar, appeared in The Guardian on Tuesday 25th June 2019. “William Baldwin concealed his 16th-century book Beware the Cat because of […]

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