Sheffield-based Site Gallery has been awarded £322,000 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for a new artist-led outreach project.

Taking place over the next four years across various neighbourhoods in Sheffield, On the Road will see local, national and international artists commissioned to make new work with communities of young people from Sheffiled.

The project was partly designed by the Society of Explorers – a group of young people who present exhibitions, talks and events at Site Gallery. A new team will be created to deliver the programme of activity, providing new creative job opportunities in the city.

Laura Sillars, artistic director of Site, said: “The exciting thing about this project is that it will have its own life and take us all on the road with it.

“We are sincerely grateful to Sheffield City Council who have given the project the long-term loan of a high-tech kitted out minivan and to Sheffield Futures who will support the project through its vast network of youth clubs and youth workers.”

Moira Sinclair, chief executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “We recognise both the transformative power of the arts and the importance of hearing young people’s voices in strengthening communities and in helping people to realise their potential.”

Announcing that details of the artists’ commissions will be revealed at a later date, Site’s general manager Sophie Swan said: “We are still developing the programme in consultation with community partners and are currently recruiting the roles of participation manager and project manager who will drive activity.”

1. Launch of Site Gallery’s On the Road
2. Launch of Site Gallery’s On the Road

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