artsNK managed a project to create accessible and inclusive, site-specific artworks in two of Lincolnshire’s Heritage Mills to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days. Artist Mark Steadman created artworks for Cogglesford watermill in Sleaford, and Graham Elstone has made an interactive work at Moulton windmill (near Spalding). The commissions were funded by Lincolnshire County Council, working in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire.
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.
The theme of the 2018 festival was ‘Picturing the Past’, and the artists took their inspiration from each mill’s past use and the collections they hold. The artworks were designed to be accessible and inclusive, in particular for those with sensory or cognitive impairment. Both artists worked with staff and volunteers at the mills, as well as consulting with local groups with sensory or cognitive impairment to develop their artworks.