Sleaford’s Cogglesford Mill, will feature a new artist commission celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days this September. Heckington-based artist Mark Steadman has been commissioned to create a temporary artwork inspired by the rich history of the Cogglesford Watermill.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Picturing the Past’, and the artist will take his inspiration from the watermill’s past use and the collections it holds. Mark is also hoping to hear from local residents who have who have strong, unusual or even funny memories of the Mill. He is particularly interested in hearing from older residents who could recount their earliest memories of Cogglesford Mill or anyone with old photographs.
People can get in touch by phoning artsNK on 01529 410 595, or emailing artsNK@lincsinspire.com
There will be a set of 20 objects created for the commission which will be installed around the whole site, inside and out. The objects will be a response to the vibrancy of human activity that the site has attracted during its long life. There will be creative workshops in July and August where groups will be able to work directly with the artist during research and content development and in exploring the unique way that creativity and heritage can work together. The artworks will be designed to be accessible and inclusive for all.
Mark Steadman commented:
“I’m looking forward to exploring the way Cogglesford Mill can bring us closer to our diverse and vibrant heritage. The Mill has been a busy place since Saxon times… perhaps no more so than during the heyday of the canals and Sleaford Navigation, when Cogglesford would have been a place for people from all walks of life to meet and share stories.”
Heritage Open Days is a national festival taking place annually in September, which 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. The event also features, tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area.
An artwork will also be created for Moulton Windmill in South Holland by artist Graham Elstone.
Visitors can see both works during the Heritage Open Day weekends on Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September.
Funded by Lincolnshire County Council and working in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire the project is managed by artsNK
To find out more about the artworks, as well as the full schedule for Heritage Open Days in Lincolnshire visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org/heritage-open-days