‘Life is beautiful – Always’ by Marcel Schreur is a groundbreaking VR and Art installation at Access Space in Sheffield

Access Space Sheffield, the digital technology art gallery, hosts an exciting new VR based artwork this month. Access have taken a former city centre retail space on Fitzalan Square and turned it into a gallery space which is to become an interactive VR exhibition at the end of this month. The exhibition is called “Life is Beautiful – Always” and is an exploration into a unique life experience.

Dutch born painter Marcel Schreur, a 30 year oral cancer and 7 year vascular dementia survivor, is a self-taught painter whose art emerged from a period in which he made anunprecedented recovery from the most serious symptoms of vascular dementia. Since then he has exhibited globally, in the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan; at theU.N. Global Forum for Migration and Development in Istanbul; a global art exhibition in the Chianciano Museum of Modern Art, Italy; at The London Art Biennale and the Vatican.

“My name is Marcel Schreur. I have found the creativity to express myself in painting sculpture, photography, filming and documentary. Intrigued by contemporary society, the beauty of nature and the human race is. I love life. Life is beautiful. Always. I bleed my life on to canvas. Vibrant, colourful, positive, dynamic, freedom of movement are hallmarks of my work.”

Whilst he still lives every day with the impact of the two occurrences of tongue cancer, the large dose of radiation originally caused the vascular damage and the effects of the resulting dementia, he continues to be an incredibly prolific artist working in a wide range of media.

‘Life is Beautiful. Always.’ is a virtual reality (VR) experience created as part of an ongoing collaboration between Schreur and two artists on the Sheffield Hallam University academic team: longstanding collaborator and friend, film maker Dominic Green and Danny Bacchus. Danny is a visual art practitioner skilled in the use of cutting edge technologies and digital art platforms, currently completing a PHD exploring these technologies and the effect that they have on the participant from the point of view of the artist.

The exhibition will consist of an exhibition of a range of Schreur’s most personal biographical paintings, made at a time when he expected that they would form a document of his for his children since he did not expect to live. The appearance of the gallery exhibition resembles the space which is explored by the VR experience at the centre of the gallery. This is experienced by viewers wearing a VR headset, who are given an insight into the experiences that Schreur contends with every day.

“The intention of the work is to help facilitate communication about the experience of living with life-altering disability between sufferers, carers and medical professionals.” Says the artist.

This will be the first exhibition of the work to the public. The exhibition opens on 28th June and continues until 1st July at Access’s Grace Unit, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, S1 2AY

Opening times 12-18.30 daily.

An opening reception with the A glass of wine and some nibbles on Friday the 29th of June – 18.30-22.00

Entrance free.You can watch a trailer of the VR work here:

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