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A new exhibition of 3D printing opens today at Sheffield Hallam University highlighting the creative experience of Sheffield.

Printing Sheffield 3D is part of the University's Catalyst Festival of Creativity, and is an exhibition of 3D printed objects and digital animations from 12 different local artists.

The show, which is supported by creative agency Human, opened today in the Post Hall at the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) in Fitzalan Square.

Ian Gwilt, professor of design and visual communication at Hallam and co-curator of the exhibition, said: "This exhibition will take work from the digital world - the screen - and present them in the real world, showing the relationship between the two and exploring the use of 3D printing in art and creative industries.

"Working with Human and alongside a dozen artists, we've created an exhibition merging different digital cultures and technology, with printed objects, animations and 3D printers on display to further enhance visitors' experiences."

The exhibition was conceived, curated and put together by Nick Bax and Dan Fleetwood of Human Studios Sheffield, together with Ian Gwilt & Nick Dulake in the Art and Design Research Centre Sheffield Hallam University, funded by Catalyst: Festival of Creativity.

The exhibition is free and is open weekdays until Friday 22 July. For more information, please visit 

Printing Sheffield 3D
Printing Sheffield 3D

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Catalyst Festival of Creativity, which is part of Sheffield's wider Year of Making, is taking place until November with 28 different creative projects over the course of eight months.

The University has a strong heritage of creative arts, design and making, dating back to the formation of 'Sheffield School of Design' in 1843. Today the University has a distinct offer through its Sheffield Institute of Arts, which recently moved into the former head post office in Fitzalan Square. Much of the University's creative activity extends beyond the boundaries of the University into the city and its communities.

For press information:Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email