Floating World are proud to be initiating The History Project for Bank Street Arts, an ongoing and mutable art installation investigating and responding to the rich history of the buildings on Bank Street and the surrounding area of Sheffield.
Beginning with the research by Dr Karen Harvey into the buildings’ history, past uses and the lives of those who have lived and worked there, Floating World have created new art works and artists books that will be contained in a beautiful Georgian writing desk which has been chosen as it reflects the period when the buildings first came into being. Presented in the form of a wunderkammer, the juxtaposition of works by 11 artists based in the UK, Ireland, and Japan seeks to encourage a sense of wonder in the viewer as they navigate and explore the desk, its draws and compartments.
The writing desk and its contents aims to create a series of narrative structures blending factual information, speculation, fiction and whimsy, dependent on personal discovery and interpretation. Throughout 2016 and beyond, more artists will be invited to contribute to the work leading to an ever changing combination of responses that will provide a rich resource for further creative work in the visual arts and writing