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Walking Tour with Dr Helen Smith, Prof. John Provis & Ilona Sagar

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S1 Artspace

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Conversational walking tour through the unique lens of guests, cultural historian Dr Helen Smith & Material Scientist Prof. John Provis

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Starting at S1 Artspace, a walking conversation exploring the social and cultural history of industrial and post-war Sheffield within its contemporary context. Dr Helen Smith is a social and cultural historian from Sheffield, whose research looks at the relationship between industry, architecture and identity. Prof. John Provis’ specialist knowledge of materials science will provide a unique insight into the materiality of our shared environment and its impact on how we live in and inhabit our cities.

The walk will be informal and conversational, troubling the encounter with materials and (post)industrial landscapes, and will question our subjective and embodied relationship to archives and their after-images. The walk will start from S1 Artspace and last approx. 90 mins, allowing the city to slowly transition from day to night

Dr Helen Smith is a social and cultural historian who specialises in histories of class, gender, sexuality and region. She has a particular interest in Sheffield and its people, which began with researching her book, Masculinity, Class and Same-Sex Desire in Industrial England, 1895-1957. Although she works at the University of Lincoln, she still lives in Sheffield and is currently working on how to tell more local stories to challenge a British history that is often focussed on London.

John Provis is Professor of Cement Materials Science and Engineering, and Head of the Engineering Graduate School, at the University of Sheffield. He began his career studying mathematics and chemical engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia, followed by a PhD and a research fellowship at the same institution. He has been a Professor at the University of Sheffield since 2012, leading the Cements@Sheffield research team with a focus on cement science for sustainable construction and the safe treatment of wastes from various industries. He has published more than 400 journal and conference papers, been a member of technical working parties for the United Nations Environment Programme and for the International Atomic Energy Agency, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Materials and Structures.

Ilona Sagar lives and works in London. Using a diverse range of media spanning performance, film and sound installation, she has formed a body of work which responds to the social and historical context found in the public and private spaces we inhabit. Sagar’s practice is developed in a cross-disciplinary dialogue with a range of art and scientific disciplines including dance, architecture and neurology. Forthcoming solo commissions include: Serpentine Gallery, London and a residency at Uniarts, Helsinki. Her film ‘Correspondence O’ (2017) won an AHRC Research in Film Award in 2018. Recent projects include: ‘Living with Buildings’, Wellcome Collection, London (2018/2019); ‘Self Service’ publication and event series, CCA and GOMA, Glasgow as part of Glasgow International (2018); ‘Correspondence O’, solo exhibition at South London Gallery, London (2017/2018);

Ilona Sagar Deep Structure teaser https://vimeo.com/367020985

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