High Sheriff’s art commission celebration

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The new High Sheriff of South Yorkshire commissioned an artist residency at Manor Lodge Primary School.

Julie MacDonald celebrated her new appointment, which coincides with Sheffield’s Year of Making, with a visit to the primary school, where she met with local artist Gillian Brent.

Julie has partnered with Yorkshire Artspace to commission Gillian to create a new piece of public artwork for the school, which will see the artist working with Y3 and Y4 pupils on a collaborative project to create a decorative panel for the newly refurbished school hall, celebrating Sheffield as a city of makers.

Julie says there is scope for the whole school, staff and parents to learn new skills and be inspired by the residency, and maybe even she herself will get involved.

“I was no good at art and was told that none of my work would ever be put up on the wall,” she laughed.

“Perhaps the Year of Making is my chance to show those teachers that they were wrong.

“What is really special is to own a unique piece of art or craft where you can say ‘I commissioned that, I was part of the design process and it wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for me.’ I hope that the children at Manor Lodge primary will be proud of the work they do with Gillian and will enjoy showing it off for many years to come.”

Yorkshire Artspace Director, Kate Dore added: “I believe it is vitally important to encourage and support young artists and makers and I hope that some of the children at Manor Lodge Primary will be inspired by their time with Gillian to go on to be Sheffield makers of the future.”

Call Kate on 0114 276 1769 if you’re interested in commissioning your own piece of art of craft as part of Sheffield’s Year of Making.