Heritage Mills

Artists announced for Heritage Open Days Commissions

21st May 2018

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days, artsNK are excited to announce that artists Mark Steadman and Graham Elstone have been commissioned to create accessible and inclusive site-specific artworks for two beautiful Lincolnshire heritage mills; Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford and Moulton Windmill in the village of Moulton (South Holland).

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 will work with staff and volunteers at the mills, as well as consulting with local groups with sensory or cognitive impairment to develop their 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.

Marion Sander, Visual Arts Development Co-ordinator at artsNK commented:

“We are delighted to work with Lincolnshire County Council on this superb project marking the 25th year of the Heritage Open Days. The artists have been chosen especially for their vision and creative practice of producing work that is designed to be inclusive and accessible and will inspire new and existing audiences to engage with Lincolnshire’s amazing heritage sites.”

Sarah Grundy from the Places Team, Lincolnshire County Council added:

“We are very excited to be working with artsNK and the chosen artists on this project.  It’s a great chance to involve communities in learning about and appreciating their local heritage sites in new and interesting ways through the arts.  We are looking forward to working with as many people as possible, and breaking down any barriers that they might have to enjoying heritage and the arts during this 25th anniversary year of Heritage Open Days.”

Funded by Lincolnshire County Council and working in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire the project is managed by artsNK, North Kesteven’s arts development service.

For more information about Heritage Open Days in Lincolnshire visit

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