Out & About Weekends: Urban Futures

02 Jul 2022 - 03 Jul 2022

Out & About is a summer programme of celebrations in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ), held across a series of four special weekends.

Urban Futures Weekend

What could the future of our city look like? And what part can we all play in the shaping of our urban environment?

Exploring themes of architecture, urban planning and alternative realities, the Urban Futures Weekend is a chance to ask these questions and explore radical possibilities for the future of our urban environment with family-friendly activities and events.

Come down to CIQ Square for FREE informative and participatory workshops and drop-in children’s activities. Explore newly commissioned artworks, join architecture walking tours of the area and have your say live on the radio with creative broadcasting partner, Montez Press Radio.


FREE to attend 

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Weekend Event Programme 

Communal Furniture Commission
Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 6pm in CIQ Square 
Come and explore a brand new adaptable furniture commission produced as a collaboration between two architecture and design studios, McCloy + Muchemwa and Mitre & Mondays.

Radio Residency with Montez Press Radio
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm - 4pm in CIQ Square 
Broadcasting all weekend, Montez Press Radio will be bringing the CIQ Square to life through a combination of music, chat and features responding to the idea of Urban Futures and what our cities could become.

Explore Print Making with Carousel Print Studio
Saturday & Sunday, 1pm - 4pm at Persistence Works Gallery
Experiment with techniques such as screen-printing and monoprinting with these free drop-in sessions aimed at all ages, so bring your family down and create some original prints!

The Future of Artist-Led Housing 
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm - 2pm in CIQ Square 
Join artist, designer and researcher, Jon Orlek, to explore how artist-led housing could shape the future of our cities and neighbourhoods. Explore the role that artists could play in the building and strengthening of communities, through listening, drawing and making.

Sculpting the City
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm - 4pm at Persistence Works Gallery
Join artists Charlotte Dawson & Grace Clifford in imagining what the city landscape could look like through an interactive drop in sculpture workshop. Try your hand at building new creations out of a range of materials and help to play your part in building a model landscape of the new urban environment.

Buildings of the Future: Architecture Tours of the CIQ
Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 2.30pm, setting off from CIQ Square 
Join members of arts & architecture practice Studio Polpo on walking tours of the CIQ, exploring how different approaches to architecture and urbanism might help us create a city that responds to the challenges of the climate emergency. Use playful, low-tech strategies to explore the city, as a more sustainable, equitable, and enjoyable place.

Murals across The CIQ
Saturday & Sunday, all day, various locations
Th CIQ is set to become awash with a series of brand-new murals painted directly onto walls of some of the most iconic buildings in the area. See vibrant work created by internationally recognised artists. Read more about the Bloc commission of Simon Le Ruez.

CIQ Family Trail
Saturday & Sunday, all day from CIQ Square 
Pick up your free family trail, complete with a CIQ treasure hunt and colouring activities for all ages -specially created by Eleven Design.

Grab a bite to eat
Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 6pm in CIQ Square
Rest, relax and recharge in the square with a bite to eat from local vendors and some of Sheffield's most exciting independent eateries.