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.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Heritage Lincolnshire co-ordinates the event in Lincolnshire and last year’s event attracted 24,500 visitors to heritage sites and events in the county.
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.
The final work will be shown during the Heritage Open Day weekends on Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September 2018 .
As an additional part of the project, funded by Arts Council England, artsNK are organising a public engagement programme with a number of artist-led workshops during August and the beginning of September. Details to be published soon at www.artsnk.org
The commissions are funded by Lincolnshire County Council, working in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire, and the project is managed by artsNK.