To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days this year, artists Mark Steadman and Graham Elstone have been commissioned to create temporary, accessible artworks inspired by the rich histories of two beautiful heritage mills. Mark Steadman is creating artworks for Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford, and Graham Elstone will design a site-specific, interactive artwork for Moulton Windmill in South Holland, Spalding.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Picturing the Past’, and the artists will take their inspiration from each mill’s past use and the collections they hold. The artworks will be designed to be accessible and inclusive, in particular for those with sensory or cognitive impairment.
Both artists have been working with staff and volunteers at the mills as well as consulting with local groups, including those with sensory or cognitive impairment to develop their artworks. Graham Elstone has worked with local primary school pupils and a retirement home in Moulton, and Mark Steadman has been working with Beyond the Blues, a mental health support group in Sleaford, to help develop his artworks.
More information about the project can be found here. Stay tuned to find out more about their progress.