Creative Talking | Ian Clayton with Martin Bedford
December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm5£
Creative Talking: Ian Clayton in conversation with Martin Bedford
In the first of a series of in-conversation events with prominent creative people, host Ian Clayton welcomes Sheffield legend Martin Bedford for an evening of telling tales and playing records.
Martin Bedford moved to Sheffield from his native Kent in 1976 and gained a fine art degree at Psalter Lane College of Art & Design. Although he started as a painter, he transferred to the photography course and spent a major part of his time documenting live gigs around the city and further afield. As a result he joined The Damned and The Adverts on their first UK tour and also produced many promo shots for performers such as Roy Harper, Ronnie Lane and Nils Lofgren.
Along with John Redfern, Chris Andrews, Adrian Vincan and Phil Mills, Martin was a founder member of The Leadmill as an arts-lab, and became the house artist, creating a series of silkscreen posters which became synonymous with the venue. He has since promoted, created, managed and co-ordinated many events, many of them captured for eternity in silkscreen and ink. He has published two books of his posters, Up Against The Wall (The Leadmill posters) and Stick ’em Up which covers much of his work since 1992 to the present. Over the years he has exhibited his posters and paintings, in both solo and joint exhibitions, in Sheffield, London, New York, Vancouver, Paris and Odessa. His latest exhibition, 40 Years of Rock and Roll: The Posters of Martin Bedford opens on 2nd December at The Closed Shop, Sheffield. Martin continues to promote and champion live music and runs The Honey Bee Blues Club. Click here to read a recent interview with Martin in advance of his exhibition at The Closed Shop.
Ian Clayton has been a jobbing writer, storyteller and broadcaster for over 30 years. He has written on subjects as varied as the environment, homelessness, jazz and rugby league. His stories are about making sense of where we come from. He worked as a television presenter for over 15 years, including two series of My Yorkshire. (Click here to watch an episode.) He has written three memoirs: Song For My Father about his lifelong search for a father figure; Bringing It All Back Home about his love of music; Our Billie about loss. He’s currently working on a memoir of his time spent in pubs.
Matthew Doxey will DJ before and after the event.