Community art installations in Elsecar and Wentworth shortlisted for Tour de Yorkshire prizes

Two art installations commissioned by Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire have been shortlisted for awards voted for by the public.

Elsecar in Barnsley has been nominated for ‘Best Dressed Village’, and a colourful confetti trail at Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham has been nominated for ‘Best Land Art’ in the Tour de Yorkshire ‘Line the Route’ awards 2018, organised by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The art installations were commissioned by Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar to mark the tour passing through Elsecar and Wentworth on 4 May.

Acclaimed textile artist Gemma Nemer, who runs The Button Tin project, worked with villagers in Elsecar to turn the streets, buildings and roadsides into a mass of blue and yellow to welcome riders. She took inspiration from when the village hosted important visitors in the past, including royalty.

Artist group Landmark Collective was behind the land art at Wentworth Woodhouse. With the help of children from Wentworth C of E Primary School, Kilnhurst Primary School in Rotherham, and staff and volunteers from Rotherham Council and Wentworth Woodhouse, they spray painted colourful shapes onto the lawn in front of the house to represent its history.

The land art was designed to be seen from the air and measured 140 metres long by 150 metres wide. The inspiration for the land art came from a story that guests were given rose petals to leave a trail back to their bedrooms because the house is so big. Wentworth Woodhouse is one of the largest houses in Europe with more than 300 rooms.

Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar is a three-year partnership between Barnsley Council, Rotherham Council and the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. The partnership aims to use arts and culture to engage people in the heritage of Wentworth Woodhouse and the Earl Fitzwilliam’s model industrial village at Elsecar. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England (ACE).

Dominic Somers of Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar, said: “Both of these art installations brought creativity, pride and colour to Elsecar and Wentworth and the nominations are a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the artists and all our fantastic volunteers. From handcrafting traditional decorations to adorn the route, to spray painting a wheel to represent the area’s mining heritage, we couldn’t have done it without the help of the communities involved.

“The response to both artworks has been incredible and now we’re urging people to get behind us and vote. Winning would be a brilliant way of showcasing the charm of these great places.”

To vote for Wentworth Woodhouse to receive the ‘Land Art’ trophy, go to letour.yorkshire.com/information/land-art. To vote for Elsecar to be crowned ‘Best Dressed Village’, go to letour.yorkshire.com/information/best-dressed/. The deadline for voting is Friday 22 June.