Sheffield Bazaar at Castle House

Reusing a large, empty department store for a creative festival

The Story so far...

As part of the Festival of the Mind in 2014, Castle House, once a thriving department store but now a large, empty, space complete with unique architecture.

The space was used by 27 commissioned artists to create and showcase work under the banner of ‘The Sheffield Bazaar’.

Castle House was opened in 1962 by Co-operative society and it was one of the first modernist department stores to be built in the UK, as a result of the unique internal fittings it was granted grade II listed status in 2009.

Sheffield Bazaar was a huge success welcoming over 10,000 people through the doors of Castle house desperate to see the iconic spiral staircase and in some case relive old memories of shopping in the once beloved department store.

Since the event the building has been earmarked for £3.5million worth of redevelopment and investment and is soon to be transformed into a start-up digital hub.

In June 2015 the Castlegate Vibrancy Festival is due to take place in Castle House before the building closes for the redevelopment programme.

Key Information

  • Festival of the Mind venue 2014
  • Vibrancy Festival venue 2015
  • Major redevelopment scheduled as a result of the building being brought to developer’s attention