The Audacious Art Experiment

The Audacious Art Experiment are record label / community group / practice and arts space based on Harwood Street, Sheffield.

A little after first moving to Sheffield, I met Luke Twyman of TAAE, at a gig. Luke was doing his usual selling books and ‘this n that’ to raise money to go traveling (probably!). Zip forward a little into the future Audacious moved into the space on Harwood Street.

From their website, a brief and abbreviated history! : 

The Audacious Art Experiment was started by Ben Lane in the summer of 2002, he built it up from nothing into a successful label with some really amazing releases. Not long after Ben put out the first CD he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sadly, aged 21, he passed away on November 20th 2004 after fighting the illness for over two years. The Rise: Reclamation Process 12” was the last release he had chance to work on and the entire record goes out to his family and all who loved him. Fortunately for us his love of music, courage and unconquerable spirit allowed him to go on and bring us some wicked records.

The Experiment was placed in the safe hands of Luke and Bestie from Stand (…) After a brief period of traveling in America, Luke returned and decided (against his own advice) to pick up the label again and give it one last shot. Some things were said in various pubs on various evenings and eventually a group of people agreed, that new bands were needed and a communal practice space would be required to form them. A week later, a space was acquired in a back room on Harwood Street, Sheffield and some boys began to jam. It wasn’t long before one room became three and some boys became twenty five girls and boys. Since the inception of Audacious Space there has been a flood of releases (…)

My only involvement was to make to odd bit of artwork for gig posters, artwork for releases and attending the odd gig. Luckily i’ve made some friends forever in Adam Humphrey of Toucans by doing teeny bits of music with him. I’ve met so many amazing people through TAAE. Nearly everyone I speak to involved in Sheffield based community/activist/DIY groups has had some involvement with Audacious. Whether it’s an amazing gig, a record/tape or just simply knowing the people behind what goes on there – it’s taught me everything I know about ‘doing it yourself’.

TAAE kindly advertised our project on their blog, super happy and grateful of this! The post attracted a little audacious cohort, huge big thank you very much for the support guys and gals!


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