Fronteer’s founders Michael Borkowsky and Sharon Mossbeck have been collaborating on exhibitions, events and open calls since 2014. They aim to provide an inclusive and supportive exhibition platform for all artists, and they also aim to establish regular events and workshops.
They are based at Exchange Place Studios in Sheffield, where they work as artists themselves. They run Fronteer on a freelance basis and as such, stage exhibitions, events and workshops in venues nationally and internationally.
Michael Borkowsky is a Sheffield based artist exploring scent as a mode of communication that can house artistic concepts. His series of work entitled 'Perfume as Practice' places the long established craft of perfumery on a contemporary art platform by using it as a means of creating portraiture. The aim of which is to confound our preconceptions of perfume; aligning it to more established art disciplines such as sculpture and panting. Michael also uses perfume in his work as a vehicle for symbolism, narrative and language, revealing the potential perfume has as an artform.
Sharon Mossbeck is a UK based Conceptual Artist, primarily painting and working in Contemporary Art Cross-stitch.
Her work focuses on themes of death and religion, with other influences coming from medicine and history. Mossbeck’s atheist beliefs spark a fascination with religion, and her work is perhaps best understood as exploring and questioning how it must be to have faith, in stark opposition to her own views on what happens after death.
Fronteer Mission Statement
Fronteer aim to bring exhibition opportunities to artists from all backgrounds. They understand that artists cannot always afford to waste money applying for exhibitions that they may not be accepted for, and therefore aim to provide a range of opportunities to suit all situations.
Fronteer understand that exhibition opportunities are important for artists, not just to get work shown, but also to meet other artists and introduce their work to new audiences. Therefore, Fronteer exhibitions aim to provide networking opportunities for artists, as well as opening evenings or similar events, where Fronteer endeavour to invite a guest list of notable visitors.
Fronteer understand that exposure from an exhibition is valuable, and always push for press attention as well as promoting the event through other channels, such as social media.
Fronteer work with a range of venues. This allows Fronteer to adjust costs, and supply exhibition spaces that different artists can feel comfortable with.
Fronteer are keen to inspire, help and support artists who have never exhibited before, and help them to have the confidence to take part in exhibitions. They are always happy to offer advice where possible.
Fronteer like to support the artists they have worked with, and where possible are always happy to follow up on what artists have achieved, and support them in their future endeavours. They aim to be a steeping stone for artists as they build their careers. Fronteer aim to be approachable, open and straightforward in their dealings with artists, and do not want to feel impenetrable as an organisation.
Fronteer love their home city of Sheffield, and work towards establishing an annual art prize for the city, which will become part of the annual series of events. Their exhibitions bring together artists from other cities, introducing Sheffield based artists to a new audience, and new people to the city.