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Yorkshire Artspace have cut the ribbon on a new exhibition space at their Persistence Works site, which they say will help make Sheffield “a national destination for art”.

The new venue opened with an exhibition by Sheffield-taught painter Paul Housley, which finishes this Saturday.

“A Playground in the Factory” is Housley’s first exhibition in the city in over 20 years. It marks a homecoming for the artist, who graduated from what was then Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Hallam University) in 1986.

“Characters, places and memories inhabit the studio, it’s a place of constant flux,” said Housley, when asked when inspired the show. “Ideas and motifs, new possibilities and dead ends, the studio contains them all, it’s simply a race against the clock to unearth as many as I can.”

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