Mel Brimfield at Kelham Island Museum


Project Info


  • Mel Brimfield
  • Gwyneth Herbert


  • Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
  • Arts&Heritage
  • Arts Council England

Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, commissioned artist Mel Brimfield in Spring 2019. Mel has since been working with composer Gwyneth Herbert and the UK Men’s Shed Association in a collaborative production of a large scale audio and sculptural installation for Kelham Island Museum. The commission will enable the museum to focus on the history of making, which is so central to Sheffield’s industrial story.

This ambitious commission will premiere on 23 January 2020 at Kelham Island Museum, before its inclusion in a tour of Mel Brimfield’s work to Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, and The Tetley, Leeds.

Mel Brimfield said:

“Composer Gwyneth Herbert and I are delighted to be working with Kelham Island Museum – we’re drawing together Men’s Shed Association members from across the UK to work in collaboration with us. It’s already shaping up to be an absolute treat to work with such an extraordinary army of makers and enthusiasts!”

The Artist

Mel Brimfield’s energetic collaborative work operates at the intersection of live art, theatre and moving image. A range of wildly inappropriate absurdist narrative forms are used to articulate the findings of rigorous academic research processes, including elaborately choreographed musical theatre numbers, gymnastic routines, stand-up monologues and queer cabaret turns. She is currently a resident at Somerset House Studios, and a tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.