Sheffield 'Wishing Tree' consultation on the future of art

A unique ‘wishing tree’ has popped up at a Sheffield wellbeing centre as part of a creative consultation giving residents the chance to have their say on artistic activities in the area.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 4:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 11:11 am

The tree, currently at the Darnall Wellbeing Centre, will be touring around the Darnall area over the next two months, so people who live and work there can add their thoughts and ideas to the branches.

Gareth Johnstone,Darnall wellbeing committee chairman, said, “We’re collecting information about creative and artistic activities in Darnall. We want to know what’s already happening, and what people want to see in the future.

“Our Wishing Tree, currently in the Darnall Primary Care Centre, will visit various venues, and we hope everyone will spend a moment to share their thoughts with us.

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“No idea is too big or too small, and we want to hear what makes Darnall a great place to live, work, and visit.”

Created in partnership with Ignite Imaginations, Darnall Wellbeing, Sheffield Libraries and Tickets for Good, the tree will move to Darnall Library tomorrow, Friday, before moving on to other venues.

The partners are also running creative workshops with groups in the Darnall area, including Sheffield Futures, Darnall Library, Church of Christ and ESOL groups.

The workshops will capture people’s opinions and thoughts through different artforms, such as printmaking and ceramics.

A photobook of the area and the people in the community is also being created during the project.

Feedback gathered during this phase is going towards a funding bid for a two-year programme of cultural activity promoting wellbeing as part of Darnall Community of Culture.

People can visit the tree any time the venues are open. There is also a free family workshop at Darnall Library on Saturday, from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Ignite has funding for more two-hour creative workshops for groups in the area – any groups that might be interested in the workshops or any businesses or venues in Darnall who would like to host the tree are asked to contact Vicki Rolley at Ignite on 0114 268 6813 or email [email protected]