WE GP have been supporting the 4 South Yorkshire Councils and the Sheffield City Region over the past few months to better understand how to support the growth in culture, arts and heritage.
The report is now live - Sheffield CR Culture Arts and Heritage Report .
The report says that in ‘normal times’, culture, arts and heritage bring a wide range of social and economic benefits; contributing £200m to the local economy, supporting 6,500 jobs and wider benefits including tourism, creative industries, health, education, community and individual wellbeing. These contribute at least a further £170m to the local economy and £1.2bn in individual wellbeing.
With thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England for their support along with Barnsley Council, Sheffield Council, Rotherham Council, Doncaster Council and Sheffield City Region.
A group of artists has been commissioned to create a series of art installations at three of South Yorkshire’s finest historic venues.
The artists have been appointed by Wentworth & Elsecar Great Place and Wakefield-based arts organisation Beam to create a series of large-scale art installations at the venues which share a rich history: Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham and Wentworth Castle Gardens and Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.
The art installations aim to inspire and encourage people to engage with arts, culture and heritage on their doorstep. The artworks will be displayed between the autumn and spring 2021, subject to Government guidance surrounding Covid-19.
Wentworth & Elsecar Great Place is a three-year partnership between Barnsley Council, Rotherham Council and the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, that has delivered a range of exciting activities inspired by the awe-inspiring Wentworth Woodhouse and the Earl Fitzwilliam’s incredible model industrial village at Elsecar. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.
Rachel Blake, programme manager at Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar, said: “We know that these last few months have been incredibly difficult for everyone as we’ve all had to adjust to life during lockdown. For many people it has been a time of reflection where we’ve been able to reconnect with nature and our love of the outdoors, as well as discovering our own creativity.”
“With a renewed sense of being and enjoyment in life, we hope these new thought-provoking artworks will give people something to look forward to when we are able to come together at a safe social distance.”
The outdoor installation will include 10,000 wooden birds which will be decorated by the public and community groups to form a large family tree, installed in the grounds of Wentworth Woodhouse. The designs will be inspired by stories connected to Wentworth Woodhouse and people’s reflections of life during the lockdown. Keep an eye out in the media for how you can get involved with the Flock.
The second art piece, which is earmarked to open at Wentworth Castle Gardens in the autumn, is by Lenny and Whale. The team were inspired to create a piece which celebrates the life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who introduced the smallpox vaccination to England and who is commemorated by the Sun Monument that stands in the gardens at Wentworth Castle Gardens.
There are interesting parallels between elements of her story and the current global emergency which resonate deeply for the artists. The artworks will capture the shape, structure and pattern of the shells that were used during the smallpox inoculation process; incorporate colour, sounds and smells to reflect the time Lady Mary spent in the Ottoman Empire and celebrate Lady Mary's revelatory writing through the use of materials and structures.
The art installation, which will be named by the groups developing the work, will involve colourful and playful interventions throughout Wentworth Castle Gardens which will be included in a trail for visitors to explore.
The final piece, by artist Ed Carter, will be presented at Elsecar in Spring 2021. ‘The Mute Still Air’ highlights the social significance of Benjamin Biram’s innovative work to improve the safety of the Fitzwilliam mines at Elsecar through mine ventilation, drawing parallels with the mythological story of Aeolus - the Greek God of winds.
Visitors to Elsecar will be invited to enter a darkened space, experiencing an installation combining breeze, light, and the sound of a series of tuned Aeolian harps.
The opening of the art installations at Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth Castle Gardens and Elsecar are subject to Government guidance surrounding Covid-19. Please visit the venue websites for updates.