Six of Sheffield’s iconic nightspots go on display at the Moor Market
An art project that was originally conceived as a way to help people get through the monotony of lockdown has gone on public display for the first time.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Gail Smith, officially unveiled ‘Sheffield’s iconic venues – re-imagined in lockdown’ at the Moor Market this week.
She was joined by artist Alan Pennington and Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson.
Scores of punters that frequented local venues stretching right back to the mid-1960s were invited to share their memories as part of the project.
Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson said: “I put the call out for people to tell me their favourite venue of yesteryear and why it mattered so much to them. Even if some of these people had been struggling for weeks in lockdown you almost felt as though you’d flicked a switch as people started reminiscing.”
Neil Anderson then enlisted the talents of local artist Alan Pennington to turn decades old memories into re-imagined artworks that truly capture the magic of six venues: King Mojo (1964-1967), the Fiesta cabaret club (1970-1980), the Limit (1978-1991); the Roxy which ran from the mid-1980s until the late 1990s; the Wapentake rock bar that was hugely popular from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s and Rebels rock club that ran from the early 1980s until the mid-1990s.
The exhibition lasts until the end of November. This will be the first time all six pieces of art have been on public display.
Alan Pennington said: “Though I was too young to go to any of the venues I absolutely loved being inspired by the stories of what made these nightspots so special to so many people.”
Just 100 copies of each print is being made available to buy. Each one comes with a certificate of authenticity.
They are available now from: www.dirtystopouts.com
The artworks hang in units 68/70 of the Moor Market that face the café area.
The Moor Market is situated at 77 The Moor, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 4PF.