In collaboration with the Society of Explorers, the Off Site Van is a temporary gallery space that can be deployed around the city of Sheffield. Using art as a tool to reclaim the city, the van was designed to work as mobile art exhibition and performance space available for artists working with Site Gallery and the Society of Explorers in the period of time the gallery was closed for works.
Through a series of workshops within the city of Sheffield, public works developed an agenda for the van to create a temporary public realm through a series of tools - a bringht yellow trailer and portable workspaces, a family of stools and worktops, canopies and curatins as shelter and more.
public works facilitated the creation of a manifesto in collaboration with and for the Explorers, in order to understand how they worked with the gallery, what they wanted from the van, and how leaving the gallery could have changed their collective.
Each session ended with the composition of a situated drawing developing the ambition for the project.
Working in close collaboration with Sheffield based graphic designer Jon Cannon, metal workers, inflatable balloons makers and campervan designers, we were able to deliver a series of props and mobile flexible units and furnitures that acted as tools to re-claim the city.