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'The Cabinet of Curiosities'

 WHAT: To deliver creative art/craft activity suitable for any age/ability as part of Yorkshire Artspace’s Open Studio event (see artists brief below)

WHEN: 11am-4pm Saturday 22nd Nov 2014 (exclusive of setting up and clearing time)

WHERE: @ Manor Oaks, S2 1UL

FEE: £150 inc vat plus up to £40 for materials


DEADLINE: brief outline of workshop idea, material costs and up to 5 images to be submitted to by 10am Wednesday 12th November


Workshop Description: Yorkshire Artspace and Green Estate, who manage the Manor Lodge site, are keen to offer free creative activity for visitors to the Open Studio event at the Manor Oaks site. The artist-led workshop activity should be particularly suitable for children/young people/families and suitable to participate in on a drop-in basis.

The workshop activity will use as inspiration and resource a selection of objects held by Sheffield Manor Lodge from the Traditional Heritage Collection to reveal some aspects of the Manor Lodge site to Open Studios visitors. We will select a range of objects that might intrigue, might inspire, may have interesting tactile and material qualities, may be interesting for social history reasons, may be special because of their design and/or craft, may simply be a mystery object! The artist will work with these objects and the children, family, visitor participants to develop creative, art, craft responses alongside a member of Green Estate staff.

About the traditional heritage collection: Sheffield Manor Lodge has received a significant number of items from the now-closed Traditional Heritage Museum. Together these items make up a number of different shop / trade displays, including a chemists, a toyshop, Pollards the coffee shop and a cobblers. The location for these displays, Bramall Court, is currently under development on the Manor Lodge site. In the meanwhile, the collections items are in storage.

About Sheffield Manor Lodge: Sheffield Manor Lodge comprises a 14 hectare site which includes:

1) A scheduled ancient monument, the ruins of a prestigious Tudor mansion where Mary Queen of Scots was held during her captivity in the 1570-80s

2) Manor Oaks Farm and the Rhubarb Shed Café

3) Manor Cottages: 1940s-Living History Centre

4) Yorkshire Artspace Manor Oaks Studios

5) Bramall Court: Traditional Heritage Centre and Community History Resource Room (in development-opposite the artists studios)

6) A working landscape of urban meadows and home for Pictorial MeadowsTM trial beds and Green Estate Recycling green waste composting facility

The site as a whole tells the story of 1000 years of Sheffield history and is animated for visitors through whole site interpretation, activities, tours and events. The Mary Queen of Scots story is of international significance. The Pictorial Meadows are national exemplars. Sheffield Manor Lodge is managed by Green Estate, a not for profit social enterprise based in Sheffield working for people, place and a fairer way of doing business, “making a difference through landscape and heritage”


• To engage open studios visitors in an enhanced creative dialogue with the studios and their Sheffield Manor Lodge location

• To engage local and family audiences with the studios and their Sheffield Manor Lodge location

• To develop access to and awareness of the traditional heritage collection and the Bramall Court project (in the building adjacent to Manor Oaks Studios), Sheffield Manor Lodge is bringing out selected items from the collection to help trigger interest, engagement and the potential for stories and creative responses

• For participants to have a creative an enjoyable experience and go away with some knowledge about traditional heritage, art, design and creativity at Sheffield Manor Lodge / Manor Oaks Studios