ROAR is run by a small group of passionate people who believe that art is transformative and integral to the human experience, that we can help the regeneration of Rotherham by supporting the local creative sector in its professional development and rising ambitions while embedding the arts in the social & economic environment to enable the sector to thrive and the creative practitioners to earn a living.
We provide professional development support to our members in a myriad of ways, and through our membership process we try to learn about you and your own ambitions so we can taylor make our support to meet your specific needs. We don't do things for you. Our aim is to help you gain the skills you want and need to achieve your chosen creative endeavour. We encourage collaborative working to help stretch and challenge your thinking about your practice. We help you formulate plans and proposals, apply for funding, organise exhibitions, with marketing and promotion, presentations, with technical skills and just talking through ideas.
You need space to be creative. We offer studio spaces and are always seeking new suitable spaces as well as having our resource space that is available to members to use. We also have some resources available such as a pottery studio, dark room and laser cutter. This is a Membership Organisation, and we work best when the communication flows both ways. We want your comments, feedback, suggestions and project ideas, and involvement in what we do, it makes the organisation richer for everyone. We need to know what you are doing so we can help promote you and your work. It is also our aim to be developing paid work opportunities, whether thats community workshops, or more professional commissions.
Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance is a not for profit limited company, operating as a membership based infrastructure organisation within the voluntary sector. Funded as an Arts Council's National Portfolio Organisation.
Nothing can surpass the mystery of Rotherham 200 ‘exhibition in a bag’ were created and distributed over the launch weekend of ArtSheffield 2016. Members decided that they would like to contribute to the parallel programme of ArtSheffield by developing an ‘ exhibition in a bag’. It was quite an undertakingRead More
Company Company is a dance company for the decrepit and unfit. Company is a contemporary/experimental dance company. Company is not interested in the strong, young, energetic, flexible dancer aesthetic. Company wants to move beyond the death of the professional dancer at 30 into a new realm where you can dance till you die. Company is aRead More
Dangerous Art School Dangerous Art School ran weekly throughout the summer this year. The aim of the project was to enable Rotherham’s young people to experience art in a completely different way than in a formal classroom setting. Students were encouraged to question, challenge and create. To question themselves and what art means to them,Read More
Artists have created alternative musical scores for various locations in Rotherham. Musicians have travelled to these locations and performed the score. If you would like to get involved with this project either by creating a score or performing on please contact Matt on firstname.lastname@example.org The Scores: The Performances:Read More
ROAR Members Exhibition 2015 Old Market Gallery, Corporation Street, Rotherham, S60 1AN. 3rd July – 17th July Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm Opening event 2nd July 6pm – 8pm The exhibition will include new work from over 24 artists ranging from oil painted landscapes to conceptual works that might or might not exist.Read More
Rotherham Notations Create an alternative music score for a specific place in the Borough of Rotherham. A musician will play this work on location. This will be filmed, documented and exhibited. Across The Pond We will be starting creative conversations with Con Artists Collective in NYC. See Matt for more details.Read More
Walt is a freelance musician and artist from near Derby in the Midlands. He has been involved in a host of arts projects for the last 25 years. His projects have ranged from exhibitions of paintings and sculpture, both solo and group, to installations, to cross-disciplinary collaborations with dancers and physical performers. In these latterRead More
CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS… Would you like the opportunity to create your own artwork and have it displayed to the public? If so, this is your chance to get involved in a fantastic up-and-coming local arts event. On the first Saturday of August, the carnival will be coming to the village of Aston! ROAR, asRead More
Terre Thaemlitz is a musician, public speaker, and owner of the Comatonse Recordings record label. Her work critically combines themes of identity politics – including gender, sexuality, class, linguistics, ethnicity and race – with an ongoing critique of the socio-economics of commercial media production. This diversity of themes is matched by Thaemlitz’ wide range ofRead More
ROAR was lucky enough to host a stone balancing workshop run by Responsible Fishing UK on the 21st June. The workshop was a warm up and skill share so that we are ready for Stone Balancing in the Minster Gardens on 28th June as part of the Popped Art Festival. Come and joinRead More
Ray Hearne has been invited to take up residence in the Imperial Buildings, Rotherham, as part of the Popped Art Festival 2014. He will make Unit 22 his home for 6 days and write and talk to people and write and listen to people and write and talk, write, listen, write and maybe sing asRead More
Sound sculptor, curator and installation artist Mark Fell from Rotherham, is known for his imaginative experimentations with sound as well as lighting in a variety of locations. He manipulates waveforms to generate dynamic sounds to go alongside the spectacle he creates in the space, whether it be an object; static or kinetic, or even lightRead More
Have A Go Art Workshops Every Monday; 12.30-2.30pm, from the 9th of June up until the 28th of July, ROAR will be putting on free workshops in Aston Library covering a variety of artistic areas. The workshops are open to all. Each and every member of the public is welcome to join us inRead More
Sarah’s work reflects an interest in the body and biological structures, conjuring up a world of tracery and complexity, sensuous and fragile, visceral and inviting but also ambiguously unsettling. The last word is with the material, pushed to its limits, leaving the trace of movement like an imprint in the sand. Working in ceramicRead More
What’s On at ROAR? For more information contact email@example.com 01709835747 Every Week at ROAR Art Space: Crit Group Crit group is now happening regularly on a Tuesday evening at ROAR Art Space. 5.30pm-6.30pm Everyone is welcome and it is an opportunity to talk about your work and hear other peoples views and opinions in aRead More
Sculpture Week 25th – 29th November Calling all artists, This is an experiment in community sculpture exchange. Next week in, Imperial Buildings, High Street, Rotherham, there will be several plinths for sculptures. The rules are these: 1, Admire the sculptures. 2, If you take a sculpture you must replace it with a sculpture of yourRead More
Update: Here are some images from the week. Come and join us at this amazing Big Draw event. Over the week of half term we are encouraging as many people as possible to come to the Imperial Buildings, High Street, Rotherham, to draw on the floor. We are hoping by the end of the weekRead More
Photo by Jennifer Booth International Yarnbomber, yarnbombs Imperial Buildings Rotherham with over a 1000 wool tassels! The beautiful glass arcade has been bombed by Kerry Howarth of the Yarnbomb Consortium with thousands of neon wool tassels. Kerry Howart exhibits her Urban Yarn-work all over the UK and abroad, and is well known in all art and craftRead More
Street Arts Festival at Imperial Buildings enjoyed exhibitions by Lauren Charlton, Carrie Mazurek, Anna Kozak, David Six, Yvonne North Moorhouse, Brian Morgan and Edwin Wraith. We were also joined by the fabulous poets from ROMP and several roaming buskers. Nick Summerbell and Matt were there making and sharing some of their musical instruments.Read More
The Rotherham Cultural Group is seeking to raise funds to help deliver a programme of public events through 2013-14 including Bollywood on the 17th August, the Diversity Festival on 7th & 8th September, Black History month events in October Classical Indian Concerts on the 4th November and Holi in spring 2014. They will be walking round Clifton Park, each lap will beRead More
Hello, Just a reminder that there is a volunteer meeting on Wednesday 29th May 4.30pm – 5.30pm. We will be talking about summer activities around Rotherham, the next HAPPEN in Imperial Buildings on the 8th June, and the possibility of having a delta blues event in Imperial during June. We will also be coming upRead More
A week of experimental collaborations between ROAR members at 25 Wellgate. As part of the Point Blank Theatre partnership ROAR decided to take on the empty shop for a week and provide collaborative opportunities to some of our members. It was approached like a prototype of an event which could be much bigger next year.Read More
As part of The Big Draw we organised several events in the Minster Gardens and Imperial Buildings to involve as many passers by as possible both in actively drawing but also to provoke an enquiring response ‘what on earth are you doing?’. The most successful were the in the Minster Gardens so we are lookingRead More
ROAR provided display opportunities for members and provided art activities for the public, over 3,000 visited us over the weekend. The most successful part of the weekend was the simplest of ideas, as sometimes they are. We had placed a five sided structure outside the tent made up of old doors with pens handing fromRead More
Over the summer we trialled using one of the units in Imperial buildings as an arts hub where people could drop in to find out what’s happening in the local and regional area. It was also a space, over the summer, where volunteers met every Thursday as a Creative Development Group in an attempt toRead More
Several members had asked how they might present themselves to schools and through conversations with RMBC we were able to develop an event for just such needs. We organised the event in The Old Market Gallery as this venue provided the space large enough to house the large number of artists and organisations that decidedRead More
Hung was a three week exhibition in the Imperial Buildings of A3 flat work, hung around the interior. The idea came out of the quest for ways in which to exhibit in Imperial Buildings and the utilising of the old market hanging rails outside the shops seemed an obvious answer. Not only could anyone contributeRead More
Inside Imperial Buildings, in partnership with Yella Brick Road and RMBC. There were lots of people talking about having an Easter Market including Yella Brick Road, Bittersweet Boutique and ROAR and it had the potential to become a fractured event, however through conversations and partnership working we were able to present the Easter Market asRead More
An open exhibition for members at the Imperial Buildings. 16 members participated. The exhibition worked well as a platform for our members and also as an attempt to raise the profile of Imperial Buildings as a place to visit. It was a challenge to find a way in which the atrium space could be usedRead More