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Castlegate Hoardings Commission: Installation

The first panels of the new hoardings have been installed at the former Castle Market site.

They will form part of the longest artwork in Sheffield, spanning 175 metres in total and telling the story of one of Sheffield’s most historic sites. It will eventually be longer than 11 double decker buses, two football pitches or the length of three Starflyers!

Artists Cora Glasser and David Ball have worked with local historical groups, including the Friends of Sheffield Castle, and children from Manor Lodge Primary School on designs for the artwork – which will reference the history and heritage of the site but in a unique and contemporary way.

The artists have also worked with Picture Sheffield, Museums Sheffield, ArcHeritage, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Newspapers Archives on the project.

Cora says, "David and I have been working at the former Castle Market site since October last year and have held various creative activities and workshops. “The artwork is layered reflecting the physical nature of the site. As the layers of heritage were being removed we were exploring the many aspects of the site as revealed through conversations with those who had a personal connection to this area."

The project has been managed by Yorkshire Artspace on behalf of Sheffield City Council and the work reflects the future of the site as well as its rich medieval and more recent history.

Rachael Dodd, programme manager at Yorkshire Artspace, said: “This has been a truly fascinating project to work on. The site has historic importance but also holds personal meaning for many people in the city – all of which Glassball have managed to capture and represent in this amazing artwork.

“Through our partnership with Sheffield City Council, involvement with this project and the Exchange Place Studios in Castlegate, we are really pleased that art, artists and people’s creativity are part of the regeneration and future plans for this part of the city."