Grief can be a real catalyst for change and creativity.

‘Life is too short to not leave it how you want. It sounds like a Ronan Keating lyric buts that is absolutely true’. Carpe Diem, YOLO, JFDI etc;

About the speaker

We are back in January 2019, and what a superb start to kick off the season.

Sharna Jackson is the Artistic Director at Site Gallery, Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance. She is also a children’s author, her debut novel High-rise Mystery will be released in April 2019. She is on the board of Sheffield Doc/Fest, Upswing Aerial Arts and New Writing North in addition to being a member of BAFTA’s Children’s and Learning and New Talent committees and the Children’s Media Conference advisory board.

We will be gathering at the stunning and recently expanded Site Gallery, Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance.

‘After a period of closure for exciting expansion work, Site reopened in September 2018, promising to deliver a programme of even more excellent international contemporary art to even more people in Sheffield.

Exhibitions at Site are always thought-provoking and immersive, often fun and interactive, and they tend to keep us coming back time and again throughout their run. Its talks and events are a great way of getting even more stuck into the ideas explored by each exhibition, while its annual residency season offers the rare chance to nosey in on contemporary art in the making.’ – Our fave Places

As a bonus for all attendees, Site Gallery will open its exhibition space early for a private viewing after Sharna Jackson’s talk. It is the final weekend of the current show Liquid Crystal Display: ‘Historically associated with mystical healing, gazing and alchemical practices, crystals are now prevalent in technology including computers, mobile phones and state-of-the-art medical equipment. At the heart of a laser-beam is a vibrating crystal, touch-screen technologies, and the optical cables that keep us connected, are all enabled by this extraordinary material substance.’

Breakfast will be sponsored by Site Gallery and supplied by Kollective Coffee and Kitchen. Owners Hayley, Tom and Owen formerly of The Grind Café (Kelham Island), Thyme Café (Broomhill) and Home Sweet Home (NQ, Manchester) are proud to present their first independent venture, located at Site Gallery.

Locally sourced and globally inspired, with a focus on colour, excitement and sustainability.

See you there!

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