On The Road is our pioneering programme of activity for young people in Sheffield. Travelling around the city in a bespoke mini-van, young people we meet along the way will become ambassadors, curators and participants in a series of new artists’ commissions and events. If this sounds like its up your street, get in touch!
Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, On The Road has emerged from our successful programme for 14-19 year olds – The Society of Explorers. Between 2016 and 2020, On The Road will invest in people and relationships. We will visit festivals, community events outside of and in the city centre, as well as organising our own events and pop-up activities.
As of March 2017, the van is ready for us to transform it from basic Peugeot Boxer to On The Road mega-van! Hoping to have it literally on the road by July 2017, we have appointed an architect to give it an amazing makeover.
We invited proposals from a selection of architects based in Sheffield, UK and Europe, all of which were of a very high standard. Together with the Society of Explorers, three were shortlisted.
We have now appointed London-based duo Public Works to work with the Society of Explorers on this fantastic project. On Saturday 1 April, they will make their first visit Sheffield to take a driving tour around the city and its outskirts, to get a feel for our amazing city.
They will be joined by the Society of Explorers for this trip, who are looking for more young people to get involved. If you are interested, or you know any 14 – 19 year olds who might be interested, please get in touch with our Participation Manager, Paula McCloskey on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the architect
Public Works is a non-profit critical design practice that occupies the space between art, architecture and research. Working with an extended network of interdisciplinary collaborators, public works aims to re-work spatial, social and economic opportunities towards citizen-driven development and improved civic life. The practice, set up in 2004, uses a range of approaches, including public events, campaigns, the development of urban strategies and participatory art and architecture projects across all scales.
Find out more on their website here.
With thanks to Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and to Sheffield City Council for supplying the van.