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We held a 24 hour non-stop event which ran from 7am on Saturday 19th July. Artists performed in Access Space and from remote locations around the world. It is all accessible on Youtube. More info here
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Access Space is a registered charity based in Sheffield city centre. We offer a free, open access digital media lab which has been running for 14 years; a fabrication laboratory offering a HackSpace, laser-cutting tools and other digital manufacturing tools; computer recycling and building based on free and open source software; and an arts programme providing inspiring activities such as workshops using the latest creative software, exhibitions and installations, performance events and artist residencies.
We have thousands of people participating every year, of all ages, from every part of the city, and beyond.
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Stephen Dale’s first solo exhibition
‘Solder Something’ workshops
‘Social Chess’ at the Green Fair
Learning from peers is a powerful way to gain software knowhow
An engraving machine built from recycled scanners
John Karangaru & Fuad Jama help people fix donated computers
‘Games Group’ plays social tabletop games
A laser cutter helps us to explore digital manufacture
‘Juneau Projects’ demonstrate innovative electronic instruments
Local MP Meg Munn takes an interest
3D printing is a growing area of investigation
Anyone can take part, from the highly challenged to the most capable. Access Space addresses inclusion AND innovations. Who knows where the next idea will come from?
Computer repair bridges diverse cultures
‘Do-it-yourself’ challenges stereotypes!
Puppeteers Emma Powell & Meg Buick are artists in residence
‘Bolam at 50′ launches at Access Space
’20×20 2012′ attracted great press coverage
Sheffield Hardware Hackers & Makers build 3D printers
Testing a kite that lifts a digital camera
Digital Embroidery shows huge creative potential
Scott Hawkins’ ‘Flightform’ residency
A key innovation makes boomerangs that work without an aerofoil
’20×20 2013′ involved more than 60 exhibitors
Vahida Ramujkic & Aviv Kruglanski, artists in residence
Access Space hosts groups with technical focus: Dorkbot, SHHM, Sheffield js, PHP User Group, Test Gathering & more
Exterior makeover by Florence Blanchard
Volunteer Richard Eason is going places
Volunteers drove a major refurbishment of the media lab
Our CNC Router allows us to create furniture
‘Dorkbot’ doing strange things with electricity!
Knowhow is key to digital empowerment
Habib Zziwa starts his own CNC enterprise
Access Space invited to inform Sao Paulo City Council’s technology strategy
This model is now a full-sized building!
Spectacular success for Paul Beech’s ‘Pibow’, prototyped at Access Space
Blanking & testing donated computers
‘Pibow’ prototype: at first it was the black ‘Pibox’
Exhibition by Mike Howe
‘Embroidered Digital Commons’
Innovative wooden hinges
Solo show by Sam Whiteley
Access Space cited as an innovative strategy for poverty reduction at the Council of Europe
Hydroponics controller for ‘Incredible Todmorden’
‘Tinamps’ produce parts for their new product