New ‘inspiring’ art project decorating Sheffield square is a ‘love letter to the city’

A new ‘inspiring’ art project that uses quotes from some of Sheffield’s most famous artists, as well as pupil’s from a city children’s centre, can be seen flying proud in Fitzalan Square.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 10:11 am

The artwork, called Quotes For Hope, sees 36 colourful banners hung up across Fitzalan Square, each bearing messages of optimism and inspiration provided by a mixture of Sheffield’s famous faces the world of music, visual arts and theatre, alongside youngsters from Ellsemere Children's Centre.

Contributions in 72 characters or less come from presenter Michael Palin, Crucible director Rob Hastie, musician Richard Hawley, Radio 1 DJs Toddla T and Annie Mac and sons Oisin and Riley, and Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware amongst others.

The artwork has been made by Sheffield artist Sally Wilson and commissioned by DINA arts organisation.

Part of the art installation that has been erected in Fitzalan Square as a ‘love letter to the city’. Picture Scott Merrylees

Sally Wilson said: “Music, performance and the arts are so important in reminding us who we are and what we can be, just look at the musical Standing At The Sky’s Edge.“We felt it was important to connect and reach out to people during these times and use art like a medicine.

"The idea was to make connections, and create visible bonds with others by offering positive messages revealing our best washed thoughts strung on a clothes line to air.”

DINA director Deborah Egan said: “Quotes For Hope is an inspiring project and a love letter to the city from some of its best known people. It is free and for everybody.“It is a funny, uplifting experience that you can take in it just by looking out of the bus window or walking across the square.”

The banners will appear in the square until April 23, and include quotes from the city’s ‘next generation’.

Dina's art programmer Evelyn Albrow wanted to involve the next generation in the project. Picture Scott Merrylees

DINA's curator Evelyn Albrow added: “We would like to offer a big thank you to all the people who took part so freely.

"Sally and I felt that it was just as important to include the next generation of Sheffielders alongside the famous so amongst these cultural producers are the voices of city pre-schoolers from workshops we held at Ellesmere Children's Centre where they told us what makes them happy.”

DINA have now moved to a new premises overlooking the square following a relocation from Cambridge Street, and will open in June.

Part of the art installation that has been erected in Fitzalan Square. Picture Scott Merrylees