Sheffield Creative Guild

Back in Spring I heard about a new group about to launch called Sheffield Creative Guild. My interest was piqued by two things: the word ‘Creative’ and the word ‘Guild’. The creative aspect was obviously enticing to me as an Art graduate, Photographer and crafter. And the only time I’d ever heard the word ‘guild’ used outside of history books was in Terry Pratchett novels, which could only mean good things, surely. So, I went along to the introductory meeting to find out more. We were told about a group specifically designed to bring together creatives across the city and region in order to support each other and banish the isolation that often goes along with creative freelancing type work. A group with regular events, an online profile for every member, a time banking scheme and plenty of opportunity for collaborations to form. Yes, please!

Last week the Guild had its AGM, where the year so far was discussed, finances explained, aims going forward announced, and a new board of trustees was introduced. But, being a Creative Guild, this was no ordinary AGM. Once the formalities were over, it was on to entertainment provided by some of the performing members. I was there as a member myself, and as Photographer, to capture the evening.

Madeline Shann

Madeline Shann wowing the audience with her beautiful voice and impressive piano skills as she performs her own songs.


Boris - the Musical, Sheffield

Some of the cast of the satirical Boris the Musical performing songs from the show.


Early Cartographers

Two musicians performed stripped back versions of songs from their band, Early Cartographers, which usually has six members.


Neil McSweeney

Neil McSweeney rounded off the live performances with some of his bluesy numbers.

If you live or work in the Sheffield area, and your work is even remotely related to the creative industry, then I would highly recommend you check out the guild at

Head to the Sheffield Creative Guild Facebook Page here to see all of my snaps from the night.

To see an example of the opportunities the time banking scheme can lead to check out my Time Travel Photography blogpost here.

I also ended up photographing the production shots for Boris – the Musical after this, click here to see my blogpost about that!

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