Live Exhibition in Sheffield

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SIA Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, May 2011

Most of us have received gifts that we don’t like but can’t bring ourselves to part with. It’s a universal experience that isn’t always easy to discuss. The Objects in Purgatory live exhibition celebrated our experiences of these anxiety-inducing objects. Visitors were invited to tell the story of their own uncherished possessions through photos, sketches or written submissions. In return each participant was given a handmade paperCampaign brooch.

As submissions were received, they filled the tables and walls, growing an engaging exhibition with a rich sense of collective ownership. The exhibition was a great success, collecting over 100 exhibits. The Campaign drew an audience from both inside and outside the university, and was featured in local newspapers and on BBC Radio Sheffield.


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Julia Keyte 2012