Your Space Or Mine
Celebrating Joy with HOME by Ronan Mckenzie in Sheffield
In late 2021 for our Your Space Or Mine project, we embarked on a four-instalment collaboration with HOME by Ronan Mckenzie – Celebrating Joy – expanding on our previous partnerships by taking specially curated street galleries to London, Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield.
Observing local talent on a month-by-month basis with works that captured the spirit and beauty of Black joy through art and photography, it brought the project’s sentiment of evoking warmth and brightness to each city, in one of the darkest and coldest times of the year. For Celebrating Joy’s final stop-off in Sheffield, we worked with HOME to display work by a trio of incredible artists from the city on its own streets.
Anisa Nuh-Ali is a multi-disciplinary artist, researcher and documenter, who contributed two beautiful pieces – a photograph of her mother, and one of and Ilhan, a community organiser – captured during a Baraanbur workshop at one of their local community centres. Mixed media artist PattyB, who explores her heritage and Black womanhood through her work, shared the stunning, serene La Vie En Rose 2.
And finally, artist Kedisha Coakley’s Negritude No.8, 2017-2020, developed from manipulated and collagraph-printed synthetic hair, brought vibrance and luminous colour to the street. Each image was able to bring measurable joy to anyone who perceived it, exactly as the project had rightfully intended.