Storying Sheffield

Arty for the People: St Matthew’s Art House



Following a grand transformation, St Matthew’s House, Carver Street, is now home to The Art House: a new charity that will accommodate practising and aspiring artists from all over Sheffield. Each week, some of Sheffield’s best local artists will provide high quality tuition for everyone who walks through the Art House’s doors. From portraiture to pottery, the new purpose-built workshop spaces are flexible for every creative endeavour.

The Art House workshops are open to everyone willing to give it a go: from beginners to professionals. The charity is based on the belief that creative practice can benefit mental wellbeing, and that “creativity is the immune system of the mind”. The availability of open studio time, exhibition spaces and a vibrant café will bring a new community hub to the heart of Sheffield city centre with spaces to meet, greet, and even retreat. The Art House aims to inspire brilliant ideas, innovative partnerships, and even new social enterprises.

There are a range of courses on offer. Ali Kitley-Jones’ introduction to expressive art; an introduction to drawing techniques with Kay Aitch; Colette Cameron’s watercolour master classes; felting classes run by Xenia Lee; Jacqui Hilson’s textile classes; life drawing, and more. For those interested in pottery, brand new studios are fully equipped with everything from electric wheels and slab rollers, to top quality kilns. Classes throughout the week include both hand building and wheel throwing techniques for inspired beginners and ambitious artists alike.

The Art House opens its doors for the first time on August 8th for the beginning of the Summer in the City events. Do visit for a look around and to see what’s on offer.

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