We are delighted to announce that a new community art project is now underway in Sheffield working with local art charity Ignite Imaginations.
Four artists are now working separately with five local community groups based in and around Sheffield to produce five large original works of art. The works will first be exhibited in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens for the enjoyment of the public from Monday 12 to Friday 16 December before being installed in our Collaboration Works office on Carbrook Street.
Each of the five artworks will be based around one of Efficiency North’s organisational values: We enjoy, We’re aware, We give, We care, We make it happen together. Groups participating are Parson Cross Community Forum, working with artist Peter Griffiths, SAGE in Burngreave, working with artist Alex Blakey, and St Wilfrid’s Centre in Lowfield, working with artist Beatrice Lee Knowles. Firvale Community Hub and The River Stewardship Company in Newhall are both working with artist Ali Bird.
The project will deliver 40 hours of free creative activity to over 70 local people, providing an opportunity for participants to work with professional artists to develop their creative skills, explore what the themes mean to them as individuals and as a group, before translating this onto canvas, to express what matters to them. Efficiency North is also supporting wraparound needs for heating, sustenance and transport to assist those taking part in the sessions.
Chief Executive of Efficiency North Lee Parkinson said: “We are very excited to be working on this unique art project with Ignite Imaginations, the artists and local groups. We hope that everyone taking part enjoys the experience, coming together to learn new skills to create a lasting artistic impression of their lives and communities.”
Chief Executive of Ignite Imaginations Luisa Golob said: “We are really excited to partner with Efficiency North for the first time and explore with community partners what the values mean to them. We look forward to bringing more creative opportunities to community groups in the city and celebrating their work at the Winter Garden in December."