artsNK are managing 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 will be creating an artwork for Cogglesford watermill in Sleaford, and Graham Elstone will be making work at Moulton windmill (South Holland). The commissions are 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 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.