YA Microgrant: Update from Sue Taylor

This year, four artists have been awarded a Yorkshire Artspace Microgrant, receiving up to £500 to develop their practice & increase public access & engagement with their work.

Sue Taylor is one of the recipients of a 2016 Microgrant, which form part of the city-wide Year of Making celebrations aiming to promote Sheffield as a city of makers.

"The Microgrant is enabling me to take forward my work about the Howard Street Dinner Hour Club and this week I met with Clare Starkie, Curator of Decorative Art at Museums Sheffield.

I am also hoping to have a discussion about the possibility of hosting a ‘dinner hour’ event; a picnic lunch to acknowledge the women who once worked in the silversmiths and cutlery workshops around Howard Street and Arundel Gate. The Howard Street Dinner Hour Club ran from 1914-1956 and would have been a safe and warm place for them to have a hot meal at lunchtime. Workers were often reduced to eating their lunch in the streets, as they were not permitted to eat in the workshops.

I am working with two other artist/makers, Charlotte Tollyfield and Lizzie Peters, and I'm enjoying learning from them. Charlotte is making a commemorative silver napkin ring, which will have echoes of the architecture of Howard Street Chapel, and Lizzie is machine embroidering white damask napkins with the names of people who were part of this."

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