17 February 2017
Press release from Site Gallery:
Sheffield’s leading contemporary art gallery announces that it will begin its expansion in April
With a formidable track record of presenting and supporting important UK and international
artists, Site Gallery will treble the scale of its public offer through an expansion programme worth
over £2.7m. Work is planned to commence in spring 2017.
Extending into a neighbouring building, a new 262m2 gallery will be created, alongside a
flexible event space for education, creative activity and commercial hires. The addition of a 40-
seat café, a shop and business units to let will support the charity to expand its trading
The gallery is currently fundraising to secure the final £75,000 needed to complete the scheme.
From Saturday 18 February, designs and plans will be on display at the gallery on Brown Street,
including an architectural model and artistic impressions of the expanded building. Visitors will
have the opportunity to share their thoughts about the project, by leaving feedback on a
designated noticeboard in the exhibition space.
The gallery will close to the public on Friday 10th March. An exciting, offsite programme of
events will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tom Fleming, Site Gallery Chair said: ‘this is a truly exciting time for Site Gallery, for Sheffield
and its creative communities. A new landmark building and space for contemporary art that will
offer new connections, new ideas and business.’
This scheme will connect to the multi-million pound investment in Sheffield City Council’s
Knowledge Gateway Project – an urban regeneration project within the Cultural Industries
Quarter that includes millions of pounds of investment in public realm and capital projects in the
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said:
‘It’s great to see Site Gallery going from strength to strength, and I hope that people will take the
opportunity to have their say about the scheme while these exciting plans are on show. I look
forward to seeing the new-look Site Gallery when it reopens to the public, and I am sure that the
revamped gallery will create even more opportunities for people to get involved with arts and
culture here in Sheffield.’
Site Gallery’s Artistic Director, Laura Sillars said: ‘this expansion will bring new artistic
possibilities to Sheffield and we look forward to extending our partnerships with local, UK and
international artists and organisations. Although it requires the building to close to the public for
over a year, we are still here, and will be delivering a programme of off-site activity and pop-up
projects, so please stay tuned!’