Artists sought for Sheffield Home of Football sculpture trail

From the sandstone boxing gloves paying tribute to the world-famous Ingle Gym to the World Snooker Championships-inspired ‘Snookherd’ elephant at The Crucible, Sheffield boasts some impressive sporting sculptures.
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And now the Sheffield Home of Football campaign is calling on creative minds to come forward with a view to designing an art and sculpture trail around the city inspired by the beautiful game.

They are holding an online workshop on 24 July to discuss ideas with a view to writing a design brief.

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A spokesperson for the campaign said: "Sheffield is Britain’s first city of sport and is the world’s ‘home of football’. The city is also the home of many talented artists and sculptors, yet rarely are the arts and football heritage combined in our public spaces.

The sandstone boxing gloves in Wincobank, inspired by the Ingle Gym.The sandstone boxing gloves in Wincobank, inspired by the Ingle Gym.
The sandstone boxing gloves in Wincobank, inspired by the Ingle Gym.

“This lack of engagement diminishes football and restricts opportunities, commissions, and markets for artists. It is now time to unite these wonderful talents with football heritage to create an environment which supports art, communities, culture, economy, education, health, tourism and wellbeing in our city."

The Sheffield Home of Football campaign, launched earlier this year, is seeking to make the city as as synonymous with the world’s most popular sport as it is with steel.

The workshop will feature an presentation on the link between art, sport and football from distinguished history of art and visual culture professor Mike O’Mahony, who has authored books including Olympic Visions, and Photography and Sport.

Attendees can also hear about potential opportunities and commissions for Sheffield artists.

The workshop is free to attend. You can register on the Eventbrite website.