Developer pledges up to £400,000 for Sheffield public art schemes

People enjoying the sun in Sheffield's Peace Gardens
People enjoying the sun in Sheffield's Peace Gardens

Up to £400,000 could be provided to create new public art around Sheffield in the next 15 years.

Funding is being promised by developer Sheffield Housing Company as part of its intention to build 2,300 homes in the city in that time.

The developer has already promised £53,000 from its scheme to build 300 houses in Shirecliffe and Norfolk Park.

Further money is due to be provided as part of efforts to construct 500 homes in the two areas, as well as Fir Vale, Manor and Parson Cross, later this year.

It is a joint venture between Keepmoat, Sheffield Council and Great Places Housing Group who hope to donate £175 for every one of the 2,300 homes it plans to build.

Art has contributed to several award-winning public spaces in Sheffield in the past, including the Peace Gardens, Sheaf Square and Tudor Square.

Tom Fenton, project director with Sheffield Housing Company, said: “Our prime objective is to provide modern, spacious and energy-efficient homes to improve and widen the housing choice for the people of Sheffield. However, it is also important that these homes are part of attractive neighbourhoods.

“By investing in public art initiatives we hope to create unique environments in which growing communities can take pride and develop a sense of ownership.”

Exactly how and where the money will be spent has yet to be determined.

The city’s public art officer, Andrew Skelton, who has been tasked with developing the programme, said: “We will select artists with a sound track record of this type of commission and they will be engaged to work with the new communities to produce works which will add quality and craftwork to walls, landscape features, gateposts and markers.

“We hope to have some initial concepts developed by the summer to share with local groups and individuals.”

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