Artwork competition celebrates 60 years of Park Hill development in Sheffield
Student artists in Sheffield took inspiration from the city’s Park Hill flats for a competition held to celebrate a milestone year for the ‘streets in the sky’ development.
Homes For Students and Béton House launched the competition which ran earlier this year to celebrate 60 years since the completion of the Grade II* listed Park Hill development, as well as the recent opening of phase three of Park Hill, a student accommodation block called Béton House.
Students were asked to submit their creative interpretation of Park Hill, whether it be in the form of a painting, drawing, sculpture or photography.
Many entries came in, and Sheffield artists Zoe Genders and Will Rea were tasked with picking the winner. Charlotte Mayne eventually triumphed with her submission (pictured as main image) and took home £500, as well as a hamper packed with Sheffield treats.
The 22-year-old, who is studying animation at Sheffield Hallam, told the Telegraph: “I knew of Park Hill as its the first thing you see when you come into Sheffield! It’s quite a big statement up there on the hill. I’ve always liked it because of its bright colours and thought it would be a dream place to live.
"So the competition did grab my attention – and it was really nice to do something outside of university work that was also creative.”
Charlotte, who created the picture using both watercolours and pencil, hopes to work in illustration or graphic design after graduating.
Organisers of the competition said: "From original pieces such as Otis Mensah’s poem ‘We Were Never Derelict’ etched into concrete installations and benches, to the surrounding artwork from the likes of Kid Acne, Park Hill is a hub of creativity making it the perfect subject for this competition!”
The contest judges also know the city’s art scene well. Since graduating from Sheffield Hallam University, Will has set up his own business as an illustrator, muralist and educator. Recent projects include large-scale public artwork pieces at The Leadmill and Orchard Square shopping centre.
Zoe makes playful intricate sculptural pieces from paper and paints large scale murals.
Park Hill marks its 60th anniversary on June 12, 2021.