Attempts to highlight Sheffield Antiques Quarter are being stepped up with the launch of a fundraising appeal.
Organisers are seeking cash through ‘crowdfunding’ in a bid to raise the profile of the Abbeydale Road/London Road/Broadfield Road/Queens Road/Chesterfield Road area as a place to shop for retro, vintage, arts and antique items.
Already there are 35 traders in the quarter – with 12 setting up in the last 12 months alone.
Now organisers want to erect banners on lamp posts and buildings, to install information points to help people find their way around and to decorate buildings with mosaics, lettering and murals to reinforce the themes of the area.
Hendrika Stephens, group chairman,said: “We have done much to get the quarter off the ground and what we need now is the glue to hold it all together. These simple measures will make a huge impact and guarantee to fix the quarter for us to continue to build on.”
It is hoped to use the skills of artists from The Corner Gallery.
One idea involves artist Saskia Palmer painting a giant retro phone on the gable end of a building.
Just under £20,000 is envisaged through ‘crowdfunding’, which sees many small amounts of money coming from a large number of people, typically via the internet.
The initiative will be launched on Sunday.
n A Christmas vintage market is being held in Abbeydale Picture House car park on Sunday, December 8, from 11am to 5pm.