Friends of the Guild: DINA

We’re very pleased to welcome DINA as new Friends of the Guild – read on to find out more about who they are and what they’re about…

Photo by Terry Silver

Who are you and what do you do?
DINA hosts all types of cultural events, with a specific interest in developing and nurturing new talent and social projects. We’re an active hub for the LGBTQ+ community and host meet-ups, drag shows & screenings. We have a cafe and bar space which is open to everyone during our opening hours. We’re made up of a small team who all feel passionately about DIY arts, music culture and community in Sheffield.

Who do you work with?
We’re proud to work with many amazing people who use our space for workshops, exhibitions, art and live music. We work actively, as and with, creative practitioners to design and deliver events, exhibitions and interventions inside the building and out. We’ve expanded our remit during lockdown to work in the public and digital realm. The benefit has been our connection to international artists and organisations from over 30 countries, allowing us to expand our reach and introduce our organisation and audiences to fresh perspectives.

Photo by Terry Silver

We are also lucky enough to continue working in partnership with brilliant locally based organisations like Sheffield Doc/Fest, Migration Matters, Off the Shelf and Sheffield Theatres.

Tell us a little about some current projects you’re working on
We’re about to get ready for our Young Producers program starting this autumn which is a free opportunity for 18-30 year olds to get involved with music and events production. We’re aiming to address the diversity gap in our industry through engaging LGBTQ+, female, non binary participants and POC. We’ll have a great program of workshops for the applicants alongside some public events and talks which we can’t wait to share!

What about your space – where are you based?
We’ve just moved into a beautiful space on 12 Fitzalan Square, opposite Fred Aldous art supplies and just next door to Sheffield Hallam
Institutes of Art, facing a beautifully landscaped green space and next to public transport interchanges. The venue  is very different from our place at Cambridge Street, it’s smaller with two project spaces and a unique exhibition area, which we are just completing. It forms part of The White Building, a Grade 2 listed building and is super characterful and makes an intimate venue space with a public bar and cafe.

Quotes for Hope by Sally Wilson, Fitzalan Square 2021

Why did you join the Guild?
We joined the Guild because we see it as playing a significant role in the city’s artistic and creative community. Arts and culture are often downplayed in Sheffield and it’s important for the city’s creative community to communicate, create partnerships and co-produce events in order to illustrate our mutual support and solidarity and to underline the importance of culture as a tool for  change.

Anything else you’d like to shout about
We’re looking forward to taking part in the Leadmill’s Sheffield Music Trails which kicks off at DINA at 12 noon on Saturday 7 August. We have brilliant composer, producer and sound design artist Kayla Painter performing with us and transforming our project space, AND the trail is completely free!

We’re also hosting a free online Digital Painting & Co-creation Workshop with Aphra Shemza on Wednesday 1 September and will be hosting the Open Up Sheffield exhibition between 3-5 September.

Find out more about DINA and their upcoming programme over on their website here.