Exhibition ahead of Sheffield towers site art brief

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A new exhibition opens this week to officially launch the art project planned for the site of the former Tinsley Towers - knocked down almost seven years ago.

‘Terminus’, at the old Scottish Queen pub in Park Hill, opens on Sunday and runs until September 9.

The exhibition features installation works by artist David Cotterrell, as well as commissions by Ron Wright and Michael Day, that explore and reflect on the Tinsley area.

It is part of the wider Tinsley Art Project, which will see a new artwork created in the area, using £500,000 from power company E.ON.

The next stage in the scheme will involve starting the tender process for the main work of art. The brief will be issued at the beginning of September.

There will be an open call for expressions of interest from which three to five artists will be invited to submit in-depth tenders.

From these, a single artist will be chosen to develop a design and get the work in place.

A specific site for the piece is still to be identified.

Works on show at Terminus include ‘On England’s pleasant pastures seen’ – a video showing the view from the Blackburn Meadows biomass power station’s chimney over the course of a day - and ‘Automotivation’, which is made from a Scalextric-style track and cars.

The exhibition is supported by organisations including S1 Artspace, Urban Splash, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Robotics, The European Regional Development Fund and the National Lottery, through Arts Council England.

The towers came down on August 24, 2008.