Access Space is the UK's longest running and most sustainable free, open digital arts lab.

At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and meet more like-minded people, share and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects.

We operate at a very low cost with a minimal carbon footprint, because we recycle donated computers and use free, open source software. We run drop-in activities and workshops, exhibitions and arts events and have opportunities for volunteering. We also run the Refab Space fabrication facility and an ethical web design service.

Read more about our ethos...

Please note we are closing at 4pm this Friday (18 July) to prepare for the DIGITHON!

Our new website is up!

The new website is now live, but there is still some work to do on it like a design tweak, populating the archives and some of the menu items. Please bear with us, it may take some time.

This website is at http://access-space.org/doku.php and the new one is www.access-space.org.

DIGITHON 24 hour fund raising event 19th July

Access Space is looking to fund raise £10,000 by the end of September 2014.

We are really looking forward to our 24 hour DIGITHON. Non-stop performances and other transmissions happening between 7 am Saturday 19th July and 6.59 am on Sunday 20th July.

Artists will be performing in Access Space and from remote locations around the world. It will all be accessible live on Youtube.

More info at http://access-space.org/digithon-24-hr-fund-raising-event/

Final Call - Artists in Residence - deadline Tue 8 July 12 noon

We are accepting proposals for two artists residencies, one in Sept and one in Oct 2014.

More details at our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/events/487397524728262

20x20 2014

Announcing 20×20 Exhibition 2014 —- Hurrah!!

An open call for new work.

The 9th annual 20×20 art exhibition will launch in Sheffield in September 2014.

Last year we had a brilliant response with more than 70 artists submitting work. The theme is simple - anything goes as long as we can hang it, and as long as the work including any frame measures exactly 20 inches by 20 inches.

You can make a board yourself or buy one at Access Space from the first week of July for just £3.75 (made of wood from sustainable forests). Pop in and put your name down, email jake@access-space.org, or call 0114 2495522 for more details.

20×20 is an exhibition anyone can participate in, even if you have never had work exhibited in public before. Access Space has a very varied participant base and work will be seen by a wide cross section of the community.

* Bring your work to us by Wednesday 3rd September 2014. * There will be an exhibition opening at 5.30-8.00pm on Friday 5th September. * The exhibition will run until the end of October.

PixelAche Network at Access Space 3/4/5 April

Pixelache is an international network of cultural organisations engaging with art, technology and social change.

In 2015 Access Space will be hosting the UK's first “PixelAche” festival. In preparation for this, we've invited representatives from some other Pixelache nodes to visit us.

From 3rd-5th April we're hosting artists, curators and cultural animateurs from Finland, France, Iceland and Norway.

More info tinyurl.com/od73bx2 all events are free

Open Platform 5 performance event on the 4th of April

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is a micro event that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital.

In a small, intimate space performers take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playful strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world.

OPEN PLATFORM_4/RAP(s)-TwT.hashbangbinbash -x will feature performances by Richard Bolam, Liz Hall, Jake Harries, Susanne Palzer and James Price. We are keen to see some script run but anything goes as long as it is about or related to digital technology.

Access Space Foyer 6.30pm-8.00pm

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