The Schtip invites you to Tamper with art

Hidden away at the back of Sheffield's Tamper Coffee Shop is The Schtip: an unfamiliar sounding set of letters that spell the start of an exciting project by artists Giles Round and Sarah Staton.


The Schtip invites artists to respond to the walls of Tamper Coffee Shop and display works of their choosing. There are no pre-determined themes and the artists can literally paper over anything left by their predecessors. The space itself will become a site for art making where artists can respond to the histories that emerge through the cracks in the walls.


Image courtesy of Laure Prouvost and MOT International


The programme is informed by the personal tastes and acquaintances of Round and Staton. A recent show, for example, showcased the work of French artist Laure Prouvost whose film 'Wantee' was screened as part of her exhibition for The Schtip. 'Wantee' was commissioned by the Tate in response to an exhibition exploring Kurt Schwitters' legacy. Building a story around her Grandfather, himself a conceptual artist and close friend of Schwitters, Prouvost explores the cabin where he supposedly made works of art. Her witty commentary exploits a 'lost in translation' approach to humour and she fictionalizes makeshift objects, imbuing them with a personal history. Prouvost's film projects a careless lack of artistry and presents a funny, warm critique of the modernist artist.


'Wantee', Image courtesy of Laure Prouvost and MOT International


The apparent naivety of Prouvost's filmmaking is a fitting contributor to the exhibition making strategies of The Schtip. Self funded (so far) and reliant on the networks they both contribute to, Round and Staton occupy the back walls of Tamper with amiable spontaneity, describing themselves as inept parasites often forgetting to feed on their source! Their seemingly relaxed approach to the space encourages an appealingly informal set up in keeping with its surroundings. Posters are reflected in a mirror, words and images occupy the same space. As audiences sit sipping coffee and chatting over pastries, ideas float between the walls and art seeps into the cracks. The artists invited to use The Schtip all have an opportunity to build on previous works left by former participants and as a result there is no blueprint for the space, instead it produces a temporal community, a social art space for thinking and making out loud.


The Schtip's current exhibition 'Jetcem' by Peles Empire can be seen at Tamper until 1st September. The show continues to embrace the lucidity of space by juxtaposing various architectural influences from Art Deco and Orientalism to Renaissance and Rococo.


THE SCHTIP at Tamper Coffee
9 Westfield Terrace
Sheffield S1 4GH


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