Art to show Chatsworth was to the Manor born

Sheffield artist Emilie Taylor, who is set to take up a joint residency between Chatsworth and Manor estates.
Sheffield artist Emilie Taylor, who is set to take up a joint residency between Chatsworth and Manor estates.
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The majestic landscape of the Chatsworth estate might seem a world away from the urban sprawl of Sheffield’s Manor.

But the historic links between the two are set to be celebrated with a new Arts Council-funded project.

Sheffield artist Emilie Taylor is set to embark on a joint residency between the inner-city estate and Derbyshire landmark, delving into a connection which began with Bess of Hardwick in the 16th century.

Chatsworth House and grounds are synonymous with the influential Cavendish family, but it could have been a very different story if Bess had not persuaded her husband Sir William to buy the estate in 1549.

Emilie will first travel to Denmark to learn the art of wood-firing, a skill used on the site in the 1700s when the Duke of Norfolk demolished the Lodge and leased individual plots of the Park to farmers and small industries

The project is close to the 32-year-old’s heart, as one of her grandmothers grew up on the Manor and the other lived in nearby Arbourthorne.

Emilie, of Pitsmoor, said: “I’m learning wood-firing to make use of the kiln on the Manor estate, then I’m going to begin by researching the historical connections, how they began with Bess of Hardwick.

“I’m quite interested in strong women - I come from a family of them - so I was interested in Bess’ story. My nana was originally from the Manor.

“The generations of people who have lived there feel really passionate about it. The Manor has a very rich history.”

The aim of the project, backed by Chatsworth and Green Estate, is to produce artwork and run workshops to inspire the Manor community to create their own.

Emilie’s work has always focused on post-war housing estates in Sheffield.

Her last ceramic pieces depicted pigeon fanciers from Skye Edge - old friends of her father, who raced with Crookes Pigeon Club. They were displayed in the Millennium Gallery as part of its Force of Nature exhibition.

The artist, who is based in Sheffield’s Yorkshire Artspace, returns from Denmark in August to begin her residency.