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.

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Urban Fabric & Refab Cormorant

  • Opening: 5:30pm-8:00pm, Access Space Foyer
  • Exhibition: 26th January - 21st February

Puppet makers Emma Powell & Meg Buick created “Refab Cormorant”, an articulated cormorant puppet, during their time as Access Space artists in residence in December 2012. Read more at

Brazilian artist and architect Gabriel Menotti used his 2012 “Urban Fabric” residency at Access Space to ask the question “Would you like to build another Sheffield?” He used Refabspace's rapid prototyping technologies to create a model of an imaginary Cultural Industries Quarter, as a means to foster critical dialogue.

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