About Access Space

At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and more, meet like-minded people, share and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects.

Please note that from 31st March 2023 we will be between spaces. and we’ll update our physical address once we have moved. Until then we are at 22-26 Fargate, Sheffield S1 2HE, opposite Marks & Spancer.

Our old building was to be demolished and we had to move our equipment into strorage in October 2020. Since June 2022 we have been at Fargate, but Fargate is being redeveloped in 2023-24 and this building will become a city centre cultrural hub called Event Central when the work is done.

We hope to find a new venue in 2023 and you can find out about new events coming up by joining our mailing list.


Below is information about Access Space as it was until Covid hit the UK when like many other arts organisations we needed to close.


Access Space runs Refab Space, a DIY FabLab, developed and completed in 2012. With its suite of rapid prototyping tools, including a laser cutter, 3D printer and CNC router, this benefits artists, business start-ups and the community as a whole.

Access Space is an inclusive environment. As well as working with artists, academics, creative technologists, programmers, scientists, other professionals and students, 50% of  the participation in Access Space’s activities have been from people in danger of exclusion and on the margins of society, including: people with disabilities, homeless people, ex-offenders, asylum seekers, refugees and people with mental health issues. Through Refab Space, Access Space engages with self starters and entrepreneurs as well. One of the strengths of Access Space is that it brings people from different backgrounds together.

We aim to inspire people to do new creative things; we aim to make a positive impact on people’s lives by helping them to get out of their comfort zone in a supportive environment.

We operate at a very low cost with a minimal carbon footprint through our innovative model, which combines free, open source software and locally sourced recycled laptops with the collective know-how of a skill-sharing community. The capital cost of the lab is next to nothing, upgrades are free, and the capacity of the lab to deliver skills increases with usage.