PUBLIC ART AWARD NEEDS YOU!

Last year’s winner: Plantables, University of Sheffield & David Appleyard

The Keith Hayman Award for public art has been part of the biennial Sheffield Design Awards for a number of years. Named in memory of Keith Hayman, a keen artist and SCT Trustee, it is presented to the artist judged to have contributed most to the enhancement of Sheffield’s public realm in the two years preceding the award.

In celebration of Sheffield Design Awards becoming a registered charity, a retrospective event will be held this autumn (more details coming soon) at which the Keith Hayman Award will be launched as an annual prize judged, as in previous years, by the SCT Trustees.

If you know of a piece of new public art, mural or sculpture, please get in touch and let us know. All suggestions will form a longlist from which a shortlist will be taken and put before Trustees and a specially invited advisor from the city’s artistic community.

To be eligible for longlisting, the work needs to be sited within the city boundary and have been completed in the last two years.

SHEFFIELD WATERWAYS AND FLOOD PROTECTION STRATEGY

Members will be aware that the issue of schemes for the better protection of Sheffield from floods such as the devastating one of 2007 has been around for a while now. The initial proposals roused a lot of opposition from heritage and conservation groups. In particular, those proposals which related to the Rivers Loxley and Rivelin included hard works which were considered likely to impact adversely on aesthetic, wildlife, historical, architectural and archaeological features of those valleys. In some cases, doubt was in any event cast on their likely efficacy as well. A wide range of organisations raised objections including the SCT. All then went quiet when the Government refused to fund the proposals. Whilst the City Council had originally agreed to meetings with concerned individuals and groups, a meeting never happened. Now funding is apparently on the table for proposals which affect the Don catchment. (link)

This is thought to mean the Owlerton and Malin Bridge areas which were not the most contentious areas if they don’t extend beyond those points up the valleys themselves. However, the position at going to press is far from certain.

On behalf of the SCT, our trustee Jim Monach is keeping an eye on what might come forward to try to safeguard the quality of the environment in those sensitive areas.