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.
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 was ready for us to transform it from basic Peugeot Boxer to On The Road mega-van! In the hope of having it literally on the road by July 2017, we 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 appointed London-based duo Public Works to work with the Society of Explorers on this fantastic project. On Saturday 1 April, they made their first visit Sheffield to take a driving tour around the city and its outskirts, to get a feel for our amazing city, and launched it at Tramlines 2017 as part of the Folk Forest Fair.
Over the next few months, we will be running further workshops and excursions to develop the plans for the van. If you want to find out more about the workshops and are interested to get involved in the next one, click this link.
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.