Allotment Soup 2013 Call for Artists


Poets, Musicians, Performers, Painters
and Artists of all kinds are invited to take part in


Allotment Soup is an annual creative and artistic harvest celebration that takes place on a different Sheffield allotment site each year.

Plot holders are invited to open up their plots to the public and to host an artwork, performance, or event on the day

Artists, performers and poets are encouraged to liaise with individual plot holders and create an original work in response to the site,theme and season
Please contact
[email protected]

Welcome to the allotments! Image by Jeremy Abrahams

‘Beyond The Veil’: Hives, honey and homicide!

Fancy yourself as a poirot? Perhaps you”re more Morse? Or maybe you”re just looking for something to do next Saturday afternoon? Come along to Grimesthorpe Allotments on Saturday 1st June at 1pm for “Beyond The Veil”; an outdoor play that promises to feature “hives, honey and homicide”!

The play starts at 1pm, and it”s free to all, although a collection will take place after the showing. 

Next HOME-GROWN CEILIDH is coming up VERY SOON: Sunday 18th November 2012.

At the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, S10 2FB from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Tickets: £5:00 in advance or £6:00 on the night (concessions £3.50 and under 16’s free).

Contact: [email protected]

Another celebration of dancing to great music in the season of mellow fruitfulness – what more appropriate community partner for The Well Dressed Band could there be than community fruit-harvesting innovators, Sheffield’s own ABUNDANCE project!

It should be another happy beaming, sweating, laughing, breathless, bopping evening.
ABUNDANCE will be selling drinks, but please bring FOOD TO SHARE during the interval. And if you’ve any unwanted items in good condition, why not put them on the FREEBIE TABLE for someone to take home?
Starts as soon after 7.30 as we can get enough people on the floor for the first set – so get yourselves there briskly, and away we’ll go.

Day of the Dead in Sheffield

A part of the altar with offerings of tomatoes, dried chillies and ‘pan de muertos’.

Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, in Spanish is a celebration of life that focuses on gatherings of family and friends in remembrance of those who have passed away.

Among the traditions includes an altar which is built honouring the deceased with sugar skulls, marigolds and handcrafts, as well as photos, memorabilia, and the favourite food and beverages of the departed.

Organiser and friend of Grow Sheffield, Elizabeth Uruchurtu who originates from Mexico, said: “The Day of the Dead is beyond any doubt one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Mexico and some countries in Central America. This is a unique celebration that expresses much of our idiosyncrasy: it is the time when the spirits of our beloved ones that have passed away return to be near their families and friends, to “hear” their favourite music, to “eat” their favourite food and to celebrate the continuation of life. It is a colourful season with flowers, sugar skulls, bread, candles, incense and is a great way of remembering and honouring those that have departed; it is a celebration of life!”

The Display of the Altar celebration will take place in the Sheffield Hallam University Cantor Building, Furnival Street Sheffield S1 2NU, from October 31 at 12noon to November 3 at 3pm.

Alongside the Altar, a series of activities will be held including
talks, storytelling, video documentaries and workshops.

For more information visit the website below.

A very sunny Allotment Soup!

We coudn’t have asked for a more perfect Autumn day to hold this year’s Allotment Soup! We had a great day with over 250 visitors – lots of old faces as well as many new ones! The theme of Allotment Soup held on Morley Street Allotments this year was “Growing Magic”. The weather was magic for October, we had bright sunshine all day. Twenty artists of all kinds showed their work or performed for us.

“I had a great time – picked up two handy hints in the same amount of minutes at Daniele’s pruning workshop, heard a fun story written and performed by Fay at Plot 16, tasted hawthorn wine and cheese (the wine not the cheese) and met lots of very enthusiastic and lovely growers. And what a glorious autumn day into the bargain! I hope that all of you who put in so much thought and work are really pleased.”

There were displays of wooden bowls, walking sticks, embroidery, painted stones and crochet animals, paintings and photo collage inspired by the allotments and an installation in a small grove of fruit trees.

There were poems and stories told on three different plots and a walk around the site with a herbalist. There was also a travelling poetry workshop which visited all the plots. And let’s not forget Wendi Beal’s two scarecrows!

Throughout the afternoon there were children’s activities including pedal powered smoothie making with the Woodcraft folk, a solar powered sound scape, a crochet workshop.

The real magic brought about by the event was the way it brought together the plot holders and the artists and the way they cooperated.  John, Malcolm and Valerie on plot 96 built a tabernacle of woven willow under which we listened to poems and stories.  The two Annie’s (one sculptor and one plotholder) spent several weeks sculpting Annie Stoker’s plot into a magical environment for poets to perform and Madame Zucchini to give us her wonderful vegetable puppet show.

Sandra who recently taken over plot no 124 (which has several mature apple trees on it) was very pleased to have the Abundance team pick the apples and turn them into juice.  The children absolutely loved pressing the juice! In return the team ran a pruning workshop so Sandra had her fruit trees professionally pruned.

During the weeks of preparation Brian from plot 92, seeing that Sandra’s plot had no proper gate, put in two gate posts for her and fixed up the fence.  They had never met each other before!  Brian’s wife Margaret showed beautiful paintings of the plants and insects she sees in her garden.

The Treats and Beats cafe served food and drinks all afternoon and during the evening’s entertainment we were well supplied with Soup donated by Grow Sheffield members and the allotment holders.

Photos will be added to the website soon but to view a slideshow of the fabulous photos please go to this link below. Thank you very much to Jeremy Abrahams for taking such beautiful photos. If you would like to contact Jeremy about taking photos for you then please e mail him at [email protected]