ROAR

Vision

Rotherham as defined by the Arts

Mission

To work in partnership to create an environment where creativity is valued and can thrive

Values

ROAR is committed to action which values creativity as an essential human right and that it is fundamental to our ability to stimulate social change.

Projects

ROAR

Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) is a not for profit limited company, operating as a membership based infrastructure organisation within the voluntary sector. We are funded as an Arts Council's National Portfolio Organisation.

Who we are

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ROAR is run by a small group of passionate people who believe that art is integral to the human experience. We believe that we can help the regeneration of Rotherham by supporting the local creative sector in its professional development, whilst embedding the arts in the social & economic environment, enabling the sector to thrive and the creative practitioners to earn a living.

What we do

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We provide professional developmental support to our members in a myriad of ways, and through our membership process we try to learn about every individuals' needs and ambitions. Our aim is to help our members gain the skills they need to achieve their chosen creative endeavour. We also help formulate plans and proposals, apply for funding, organise exhibitions, market and promote, develop technical skills and are here to simply talk ideas through.

Membership

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You need space to be creative and we offer a number of studio spaces to artists. We also have our own project space that is available for members to use, as well as a plethora of resources available such as a pottery studio, a dark room, a VR machine and a laser cutter.

What we offer

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Posts

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ROAR Talk #34 Experimental Sonic Machines

  Experimental Sonic Machines, or Peter Rollings as he is known on planet earth, delivered talk #33 at ROAR on Wednesday night. Having attended many open mic nights across the years and after an appearance on this years’ Britain’s Got Talent, Experimental Sonic Machines has started to develop a reputation he describes as “refreshing and

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ArtSheffield 2016

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 undertaking

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ROAR Talk #32 Tair Rafiq

The first holographic artist talk.   The dangers of cake.   He may be dead already.

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GLOBAL

                                      A Members collaborative project. Contact Matt for more details.

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Company

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 a

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OBJECT Build #1

Members are invited to add to the designs and to get actively involved in the creation of an object. This month the object is a transportable sonic sculpture.

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ROAR Talk #30 Michael Borkowsky

  Michael Borkowsky is a contemporary artist living and working in Sheffield, currently using perfume to explore portraiture and speculating upon a reality whereby scent is our primary means of experiencing the world. www.michaelborkowsky.com    

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ROAR Talk #29 Chris Hall

Tasks, Dance and Thought Chris is an experimental filmmaker who has worked with among others, Third Angel, Royal Ballet Choreographers and Aikido World Champions.

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Art Busking

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    Join us…. This is the most important thing you will ever do.   Sit for 30 mins   Speak if spoken to No razzamatazz No agenda Artists and their work.

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ROAR AGM

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Dangerous Art School Exhibition

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,

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ROAR Talk #27 Barry Gilbey

    Barry Gilbey – Composer, Producer and Music Industry Consultant

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Studio Spaces Available

      Studios available at Westgate and Ship Hill. Prices from £25 – £100 Contact matt@rotherhamroar.com for more details

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Rotherham Notations

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 matt@rotherhamroar.org   The Scores: The Performances:            

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ROAR Talk #26 Vicky Hilton – Carnival

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  Wednesday 14th October     4.30pm-5.30pm ROAR Artspace,Westgate Chambers, Westgate, Rotherham, S60 1AN   Free to all.

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ROAR Talk #25 Ken Horne

  Ken talks about making and not making work, giving and not giving talks and being and not being there.

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murmuration

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.

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New projects for members to get involved in.

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.

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Remnants

Photography by Tim Carpender Buzz Gallery – ROAR Artspace throughout May 2015.

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SPOOL 2

Spool is traveling across the road and into the Unit Gallery inside Imperial Buildings after it’s trial installation in Buzz Gallery. The Exhibition is open for the whole of May.

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Fred is Dead

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ROAR Talk #18 Walt Shaw

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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 latter

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This is Life

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An exhibition by artists who attend the life drawing session on Tuesday nights at ROAR.

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The Carnival Is Coming!

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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, as

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ROAR Collections

New exhibition at BUZZ Gallery ROAR Artspace.

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TechnoPicnic

      Learn all about the new facilities at ROAR Artspace while taking a dip in the Hummus!

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ROAR Talk #14 Terre Thaemlitz and Laurence Rassel

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 of

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ROAR Collections

This is a box. Stuff it with stuff.

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Stone Balancing

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 join

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Ray Hearne – Writer in Residence

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 as

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Popped Art Festival

Popped Art Festival 28th June 2014 www.poppedart.org

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ROAR Talk #11 Mark Fell (write-up)

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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 light

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SPACE Project, Free Workshops!

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  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 in

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ROAR Talk #12 Sometimes 3

They play with pixels and chemicals.  

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ROAR Talk #10 Sarah Villeneau

  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 ceramic

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ROAR Talk #9 Helen Cadbury

  ROAR Artspace 12/3/14 4.30pm-5.30pm Helen Cadbury is a York based writer whose debut novel, To Catch a Rabbit, is joint winner of the Northern Crime Award and was launched by Moth Publishing, May 2013.

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What’s on Winter 2014

What’s On at ROAR? For more information contact matt@rotherhamroar.org 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 a

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Rotherham Sculpture Week – The Experiment

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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 your

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Coming soon…

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The Floor

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 week

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L39!0N Isolation Exhibition

    New Exhibition opening 17th October 2013 and the 21st – 25th October. Old Market Gallery, Corporation Street, Rotherham.

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ROAR Talk Four

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This Wednesday ROAR Talk four with Lesley Guy. 4.30pm – 5.30pm ROAR Art Space, 2nd Floor Westgate Chambers, Westgate, Rotherham S60 1AN. Everyone is welcome.

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Yarnbombing in Imperial Buildings

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 craft

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Autumn Program

    Here is almost everything we are doing this Autumn. Don’t forget Digital Drop In every Friday.

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Rotherham Show

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Street Arts Festival, Rotherham

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.

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Rotherham Cultural Group

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 be

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Volunteer Meeting

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 up

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Members CPD

Four things…. Scott Hawkins lecture/presentation : Kickstarter workshop : Creative Network Meeting : Exhibition  

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David Six

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David Six is exhibiting some of his remarkable paintings in the newly hatched Buzz Gallery at ROAR Art Space. It’s called the Buzz Gallery because you have to buzz to get in and if we are there you can come in and see the work.  

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Digital Drop In Coming soon: David Six at ROAR Art Space Members Meeting ROAR on TOUR Creative Networks Meeting Members Exhibition Continuous Professional Development Sessions

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Christmas Fayre and Art Market

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2012 Christmas Fayre and Art Market

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Collaborate

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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.

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Chinese Brush Painting

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Nick Summerbell Chinese Brush Painting Workshop.  

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Ghost Walk

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Video Projections and Spooky sounds in the Imperial Buildings.

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The Big Draw

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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 looking

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Rotherham Show

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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 from

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Imperial Arts Hub

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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 to

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Creative Interchange

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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 decided

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Hung

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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 contribute

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Easter Market

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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 as

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ONE

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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 used

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Our Team

CEO

Sharon Gill

Creative Development

Matt Butt

Buildings Manager

Ken Horne

Admin Assistant

Amy Forde

Get In Touch

  • Phone Number 01709835747
  • Email team@rotherhamroar.org
  • Work Time 9AM - 5PM
  • Where We Are ROAR Artspace, Westgate Chambers, Westgate, Rotherham S60 1AN