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-JuneFind out more
Online exhibition, May-JuneFind out more
Exhibition - Trafalgar Warehouse, 11 May, 4pm – 7pm /14 May, 11am – 4pm /15 May, 11am – 4pmFind out more
ark sheffield: experimental climate lab
Exhibition/Event - The Atrium, 11-18 MayBook your ticket
Exhibition - Kommune, 18-22 May, 11.30am-5pmFind out more
The BioDesign Challenge
Exhibition - The White Building, 19 May, 5-7pmFind out more
Exhibition - Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, 17-22 May, 9am-5pmFind out more
Jewellery, Materials and Design
Exhibition - Laycock Studios, 18-23 MayFind out more
MFA Fine Art
Exhibition - S1 Artspace and Old Head Post Office, 19-27 May, 12-5pmFind out more
BA Fine Art
Exhibition - Old Head Post Office, 19-29 May, 12-5pmFind out more
Exhibition - Owen Building Main Entrance, SHU Pop-Up Shop, Sidney & Matilda, 23-27 MayFind out more
Performance and Film Screening - Performance Lab, 24 MayBook your ticket
Screening - Showroom Cinema, 25 MayBook your ticket
Event - Sheffield Winter Gardens, 25 May
Fashion Management and Communication
Exhibition - Kommune, 26-29 May, 11.30am-5pmFind out more
Digital Media Production
Event - Cantor Building, 26-27 MayBook your ticket
Exhibition - Kommune, 7-12 June, 11.30am-5pmFind out more
Architecture and Architectural Technology
Exhibition/Event - Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, 9-23 JuneFind out more
Film and Media Production
Screening - Showroom Cinema, 18 May, 8-11pmBook your ticket
Exhibition - S1 Artspace, 11-12 JuneFind out more
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.
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.