S1 Artspace is an artist-led organisation providing studio space for over twenty Sheffield based artists and a project space, which presents an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, screenings and events.
S1 Artspace was founded in 1995 by a group of Sheffield based artists seeking to create a sustainable studio environment in Sheffield City Centre. The organisation evolved under the direction of its artist member base and it continues to adapt in response to shifts in current practice. The project space was initiated through a series of exhibitions organised by the artists at S1 studios who were aiming to provide a platform for new work and ideas.
In 2003 a curator was appointed and the project space has continued to fulfill this role by commissioning and supporting the development of new work in a wide variety of media. S1 supports and enables artists to develop new ideas and test the limits of their own practice. The programme includes a two-month artist residency, two commissioned exhibitions a year, an annual programme of artist film & video screenings (S1/salon) and the annual S1 members' show.
The S1/studios are open plan to support a flexible and discursive working environment. The studios are managed by a committee of artist members who work with the Curator and Board of Trustees to determine the direction and future of the organisation.