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Festival of Creativity: May-June 2023

Future Now is Sheffield’s festival of creativity. We ask emerging creatives to show us the future through exhibitions, events, performances and screenings.

The festival showcases the work of Sheffield Hallam University’s graduating students, including artists, designers, filmmakers, animators, writers, architects and performers.

We aim to present creative proposals to real problems: from new fashion to new videogames human-centred approaches to the built environment to greater sustainability in the products we buy.

These ‘creatives’ propose new brands and services, help us glimpse alternative realities, and launch new enterprises, but most of all they tell stories, documenting the world as they find it and how they’d like it to be.

The next edition of Future Now takes place across Sheffield city centre and online through May and June 2023. Join our mailing list or follow us on social media to find out more.

2022 Festival highlights

Journalism and PR

Online exhibition, May-June

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Online exhibition, May-June

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Graphic Design

Exhibition - Trafalgar Warehouse, 11 May, 4pm – 7pm /14 May, 11am – 4pm /15 May, 11am – 4pm

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ark sheffield: experimental climate lab

Exhibition/Event - The Atrium, 11-18 May

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Exhibition - Kommune, 18-22 May, 11.30am-5pm

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The BioDesign Challenge

Exhibition - The White Building, 19 May, 5-7pm

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Interior Architecture

Exhibition - Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, 17-22 May, 9am-5pm

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Jewellery, Materials and Design

Exhibition - Laycock Studios, 18-23 May

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MFA Fine Art

Exhibition - S1 Artspace and Old Head Post Office, 19-27 May, 12-5pm

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BA Fine Art

Exhibition - Old Head Post Office, 19-29 May, 12-5pm

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Postgraduate Design

Exhibition - Owen Building Main Entrance, SHU Pop-Up Shop, Sidney & Matilda, 23-27 May

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Performance and Film Screening - Performance Lab, 24 May

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Screening - Showroom Cinema, 25 May             

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Fashion Show

Event - Sheffield Winter Gardens, 25 May

Fashion Management and Communication

Exhibition - Kommune, 26-29 May, 11.30am-5pm

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Digital Media Production

Event - Cantor Building, 26-27 May 

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Product Design

Exhibition - Kommune, 7-12 June, 11.30am-5pm

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Architecture and Architectural Technology

Exhibition/Event - Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, 9-23 June

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Film and Media Production

Screening - Showroom Cinema, 18 May, 8-11pm

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Exhibition - S1 Artspace, 11-12 June 

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2 students together with baloon
Expression 2 by Kimberley Meldrum
netflix with translations
Duoflix by Jake Rayner
restaurant in fargate
Baileys of Fargate Restaurant by Dani King
digital drawing of a girl falling from a skyscraper
Losing control by Isabel Nelson
aware cad lender
LED lights for glucose tracking by Grace Palmer
like your type
Capturing Interactions Post-lockdown by Adam Goodwin

Future Now Careers and Employability Events

We are running a programme of events aimed at those thinking of further academic study or professional training and careers advice for those looking to work in the creative industries.

So You’re Thinking About Postgraduate Study?

Old Head Post Office, 17 May, 10.30am - Book your ticket

Come and meet Eve Stirling, Head of postgraduate Art and Design for an informal Q&A session about studying Art and Design at MA/MFA level at the university. Open to any students or graduates considering PG study.

Mark Helliwell & Tony Cowell: PGCE and Teaching Secondary Design & Technology and Art & Design

Old Head Post Office,17 May, 11:30am - Book your ticket    

A short talk about training to teach Design & Technology and Art & Design in secondary education. Join Mark Helliwell and Tony Cowell from the Art & Design PGCE team at SHU to discuss what the job entails (pros and cons), qualifications and entry requirements for the PGCE course, different routes and ‘providers’ of PGCE, bursaries and job prospects, how and when to apply.

Creating Your Future

Old Head Post Office, 24 May, 4pm, Book your ticket

SHU Art and Design graduates retain lifelong access to the support available from the SHU Careers and Employability Service and SHU Enterprise Team. Join Chris Webb (Senior Employability Adviser, SHU Careers) and Claire Collister (Enterprise Adviser, SHU Enterprise) to find out more about the graduate support available from the Careers and Enterprise teams (including 1:1 career guidance, careers fairs/events, graduate job opportunities and access to business start-up and freelance support) and how you can utilise this as you transition to the next stage of your career.

Creative UK

Old Head Post Office, 26 May, 5pm - Book your ticket

All SHU Art and Design graduate have access to membership of Creative UK, the voice of the Creative Industries, for one year after completing their degrees. Join Lee Hornsby, Lead Development and Partnerships Manager at Creative UK, to hear about the opportunities available in the Creative Industries, the benefits of being a member of Creative UK and how you can make the most of this offer as you make the transition from student to graduate.