Skip to content

Photographic exhibition charts steel making in Sheffield

Posted on 5 November 2012

A world of molten metal and huge machinery is brought to life in a powerful photographic exhibition at the Norman Rea Gallery, University of York.

Photo from 'Steel Making in Sheffield' by documentary photographer Martin Pick

Steel Making in Sheffield, by documentary photographer Martin Pick, portrays the hidden world of molten steel being cast, forged and machined into finished articles in Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley.

Through intense use of lighting and the depiction of imposing buildings, the exhibition portrays steel production in its most dramatic state.

Open to all, from 7 to 23 November, the exhibition is curated by York History of Art undergraduate students Rachel Kidd and Catherine Smyth.

Mayssa Kachicho, Director of the Norman Rea Gallery, said: “Known as the ‘Steel City’, Sheffield’s history is synonymous with the production of steel, although today, many see an industry in decline, reminiscent of a bygone era. Martin Pick’s work, however, through his informal portraits interspersed with vivid scenery, offers an important reminder of the people for whom the steel works is a source of livelihood.”

The Norman Rea Gallery is run entirely by students at the University of York. Situated above The Courtyard in Derwent College, the gallery hosts exciting exhibitions throughout the year and promotes the work of both student and professional artists. The gallery hosts three exhibitions a term with lectures, seminars and events. 

The free Steel Making in Sheffield exhibition is on show from 7 to 23 November, weekdays from 9am to 5pm. For further information visit

Notes to editors:

Contact details

Caron Lett
Press Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322029

Keep up to date

 Subscribe to news feeds

 Follow us on Twitter