What we are up to
When it came to quantifying what we in SVAG have been doing, it was quite astonishing to see just how extensive our involvement has been. Through lobbying Councillors and MPs we’re hoping for more transparency when it comes to strategic planning for arts and culture in the city. It is to be hoped that people will be aware of the forthcoming Cultural Consultation in order to formulate a Cultural Strategy for the city.
One of our success stories has been the collaboration with Wessex Archaeology and our ongoing contribution to the Sheffield Public Art Project (SPAR). In conjunction with Wessex and the Sheffield Museums Trust, we assisted with running Art Trails in Sheffield City Centre as part of last September’s Heritage Open Days, when we participated with a stall in Channing Hall. These Heritage Open Days, together with our recent involvement in the January Heritage Fair, proved to be a worthwhile opportunity to encourage networking with other groups e.g. Ignite Imaginations and Sheffield Printmakers. The first of these shows the value of Art as therapy when working with local creatives and support groups.
On two occasions our members have given illustrated talks on Statues and Memorials to be seen in the city centre, many of which are unnoticed by the average passer-by.
We at SVAG welcome the opportunity to contribute towards the Cultural Consultation to connect with the city’s future Cultural Strategy.