Paul Housley exhibition: A Playground in the Factory

09 Nov 2023 - 02 Dec 2023

From Berlin to Sheffield, artist Paul Housley shows new paintings at Yorkshire Artspace

This Autumn, painter Paul Housley, himself an alumni of Sheffield City Polytechnic (1983-86), is bringing a series of new works to Sheffield's very own art factory, Yorkshire Artspace.

A Playground in the Factory will be Housley's first exhibition in the city for over 20 years. Widely collected and respected, Housley's expressive canvases capture low-key subject matter on a humble scale.

A Playground in the Factory comes hard on the heels of an October show at Bark Berlin Gallery.

Asked about his forthcoming Sheffield exhibition, Paul Housley said: "I was good at two things at school, staring out the window and watching the clock. In actuality, there was a third, drawing, which was a bit like doing both those things at once. Time and daydreaming, work and play, chaos and discipline. These are the things that have shaped my existence.

Art became my way of navigating life. I didn’t want a job but I got a job, I became an Artist, which didn’t seem like a job at all, but ended up an all-consuming project with ridiculous long badly paid hours. From school to art school to studio I built my own factory in my own playground and a lazy boy became a work obsessive, but it had to be my work and my play. Characters, places and memories inhabit the studio, it’s a place of constant flux.

Ideas and motifs, new possibilities and dead ends, the studio contains them all, it’s simply a race against the clock to unearth as many as I can."




Additional Information

Photo opportunity: preview opening event, 9 November, 6.30 – 9.30pm at Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street – contact

Curator David Appleyard, himself a Sheffield-based artist, was instrumental in bringing Housley back to the city. With support from Yorkshire Artspace, gallerist Blackbird Rook and funded by SHED, Appleyard has curated Housley’s work which will be displayed in a newly refurbished hireable gallery space at Yorkshire Artspace’s Persistence Works building.

David Appleyard, Curator, said: As an ardent admirer of Paul Housley's expressive artwork, it has been an honour to collaborate with him and bring his work to Sheffield, the city where he cultivated his craft during the 1980s. Working with Paul and exploring his London studio has been a remarkable experience, one that has greatly enriched my appreciation and understanding of his paintings.

Signed posters and limited edition prints will be available to buy from the exhibition, which opens on Friday 10 November 2023.

The show is open Thursday – Saturday, 11 – 4pm, until 3 December, at Persistence Works.