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Sheffield Hallam University has launched the Catalyst Festival of Creativity - a series of events, performances, projects and exhibitions in partnership with the city and its communities.

The festival, which is part of Sheffield's wider Year of Making, is taking place from April until November with 28 different creative projects over the course of eight months.

Organisers of Catalyst received more than 100 proposals from University staff and students and a final selection of 28 projects have been selected from across a range of different disciplines including architecture, photography, art, performance and design.

These include Walking at the Speed of Light, the largest model of the Solar System ever constructed drawing upon the practices of walking arts, science and digital production;Please Touch, a multi-discipline project exploring the creation of interactive displays for the blind and partially-sighted community; Make Good Livelihoods - a public weekend of activities, demonstrations and talks to celebrate the people who make their livelihood from craftsmanship in Sheffield; and Post Office Faces – the stories of former employees of the Head Post Office on Fitzalan Square.

The first Catalyst project will be Platform on Tour - an exhibition exploring the archive materials, stories and memorabilia from the former Head Post Office, now home to Hallam's Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA). Platform on Tour opens on 25 April.

Sally Wade, director of SIA, said: "It was fantastic to receive so many proposals across such a wide spectrum of ideas and people. Selecting just 28 proposals was an incredibly difficult task but one we enjoyed making.

"Sheffield, and indeed our University, is full of creative and innovative people and we were lucky enough to see a snapshot of this.

Inside the old Head Post Office

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"The review panel judged every submission for its engagement, audience, innovation and creativity and we're pleased with the selection we made. Each project has demonstrated some wonderful ideas and we look forward to seeing them come to life and be shared and enjoyed by everyone in Sheffield.”

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.

Catalyst and Year of Making projects will be on show at the University and at various locations in Sheffield from April onwards. For more information, including information on all 28 projects, please visit and follow #HallamCatalyst on Twitter.

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

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