Artwork’s insight into Castlegate’s history

Glassball artist's impression
Glassball artist's impression
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A brand new piece of artwork, that celebrates the history of Castlegate Market, will be produced on new hoardings surrounding its former site.

The Castlegate site has a long history in the city, from the Norman Sheffield Castle, the imprisonment of Mary Queens of Scots, through centuries of markets, industry, the first purpose-built Town Hall and courts, to the blitz and more recent Castle Markets constructed in the 1950s.

All of this will be represented on the new 175 metre-hoardings surrouding the site, which is currently being demolished to make way for a new city quarter.

This new ‘Revealing Castlegate’ project is the brainchild of Yorkshire Artspace and Sheffield City Council and is being supported by the Friends of Sheffield Castle and students from the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture. National arts collective Glassball has been appointed to produce the artwork, that is intended to reflect on the future of the site, as well as its rich medieval history.

Coun Leigh Bramall, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said: “This is an exciting project and we are keen for a wide range of contributions to be gathered to make this a truly interactive piece of artwork that tells the fascinating story of Castlegate.”

The demolition of the Castlegate site is expected to be completed by Christmas, so artists Cora Glasser and David Ball are hoping to have the new artwork installed by the end of February 2016.

Cora Glasser, of Glassball, added: “David and myself are keen to involve as many voices connected to this fascinating multi-layered site within the artwork as possible. We would love to hear from people who have a story or personal connection they would like to share about Castlegate.”

Visit www.castlegate-art.info to get involved in the project and for updates.

Rachael Dodd from Yorkshire Artspace commented: “We are delighted to be working with Sheffield City Council on this new artwork and even more pleased that the artists will be getting the public involved.”