6 August 2015
One of Sheffield’s most iconic locations is set to host a new art exhibition to officially launch the Tinsley Art Project to the public.
“Terminus”, at the former Scottish Queen pub in Park Hill, opens on Sunday, 9 August and runs until Wednesday, 9 September. Admission is free.
Terminus is an exhibition of installation works by artist David Cotterrell, as well as commissions by Ron Wright and Michael Day, that explores and reflects on the Tinsley area.
It is part of the wider Tinsley Art Project, which will see a new artwork created in the area, using £500,000 from energy company E.ON.
Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “A great deal of work has been going on with communities around Tinsley in order to bring this public artwork through to fruition.
“Since Mr Cotterrell was appointed for an initial commission last year, he has been working with local people and other interested parties to explore the potential for the major piece of public art in Tinsley.
“It is really good to see the results of this creative work going on show to the public in Terminus, especially in such a special building as Park Hill.”
The next stage in the Tinsley Art Project will involve starting the tender process for the main work of art. The brief will be issued at the beginning of September.
There will be an open call for expressions of interest from which three to five artists will be invited to submit in-depth tenders.
From these, a single artist will be selected to work with the local community and wider stakeholders to develop a design and get the work in place.
Terminus is supported by organisations including E.ON, S1 Artspace, Urban Splash, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Robotics, The European Regional Development Fund and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
In recognition of the significance of the Tinsley towers to the city of Sheffield, energy firm E.ON, whose Blackburn Meadows Biomass Plant is on the site, pledged £500,000 to the city for a public art project when the towers were demolished seven years ago.
Scott Somerville, spokesperson for E.ON, said: “We’re pleased to be able to provide funding for this local art project which will reflect both the city’s industrial past and sustainable future.
“The Tinsley towers were an iconic industrial landmark in Sheffield for a number of years and our new Blackburn Meadows Biomass Plant will play an important role in providing renewable energy to local homes and businesses.”
It is envisaged that this funding and some section 106 Public Art funding from developments in the area will cover the entire cost of the project.
Andrew Skelton, public art officer at Sheffield City Council, said: “Using material from the Tinsley area of Sheffield as well as further afield, Terminus explores macroviews, masterplans and differing perspectives of cities and landscapes.
“It invites us to reflect on the relationship between individuals and the built environment and offers both a resource and challenge to those wishing to apply for the major commission.”
Chairman of Urban Splash, Tom Bloxham, added: Park Hill is delighted to be hosting Terminus in one city landmark, and to be supporting the launch of a major urban art commission that recognizes another city landmark.”
The Blackburn Meadows area is the meeting place of river, canal, roads, rail, tram and footpaths and cycleways – including the Five Weirs Walk and Trans-Pennine Trail – and it is envisaged that the Tinsley Art Project will build on this helping to make it an attractive visitor destination. A specific site for the art is still to be chosen.
The project, which will reflect both the industrial past of Sheffield and the city’s innovative, creative future, will build on key themes such as sustainable energy, design, advanced manufacturing, the outdoors and the diversity of Sheffield.
The artwork on show at Terminus includes “On England’s pleasant pastures seen” – a video showing the view from the E.ON biomass power station’s chimney over the course of a day; “Babel”, which depicts an expanding highway system forming a viaduct as traffic increases and queues build and “Automotivation”, which is made from a Scalextric-style track and cars.
Coun Bowler added: “The approach of local people working with artists should result in public art work that captures and celebrates the spirit of Tinsley.”
“Terminus” opens on Sunday 9 August at The Scottish Queen, Park Hill, Sheffield, S2 5QX.