Christopher Jarratt & The Manor Makers – Trade Routes
10 December 2016 – 14 January 2017
Documenting the production and maiden voyage of the canoe built by the Manor Makers, the Trade Routes exhibition lifts the lid off an extraordinary project led by Sheffield based artist Christopher Jarratt.
Manor Makers – Trade Routes re-imagines a new route from the Manor to the City Centre, both as an artwork and a functioning route for trade. Over the past three months, artist Christopher Jarratt, designer Paul Reardon (Peter & Paul) and carpenter Tom Collier have worked with the Manor Makers, to design, build and artwork their very own community, land and water going vessel. The canoe will be used to deliver and sell Green Estate honey and pictorial meadows wildflower seeds to the centre of Sheffield; promoting and publicising the modern day micro-manufacturing, making and history that the Manor community is so rich in. Through the project, the Manor Makers, a group of young people from the Manor area of Sheffield, have worked with and learned skills in using traditional craft tools augmented by the latest 3D design and cutting technology.
Using Sheffield’s waterways as a site of inspiration and investigation, the exhibition begins with a group walk from Green Estate to Site Gallery and tells the story of the process of making and community building in Sheffield today.
Trade Routes Walk and Welcome Celebration
Saturday 10 December: Walk: 10am- 1pm, Welcome at Site Gallery: 1pm-2.30pm
The Manor Makers invite you to walk with them and tow the boat (loaded with Manor made honey and Wildflower seeds) with the help of a shire horse, along the canal on a new route from the Manor to Site Gallery. The journey will re-trace a former trade route whilst embracing community making, learning, up-skilling and place making, promoting the honey and wildflower seed production that is happening next door to the workshop where the canoe was made. The walk will start at the Manor Makers Workshop at Green Estate, before heading to the canal at Bacon Lane and then on to Site Gallery, via Victoria Quays.
Warm drinks and mince pies will be available at Site Gallery and Christopher Jarratt will say a few words about the project.
Everyone is welcome to join the walk, or to celebrate arrival of the canoe and walkers at Site Gallery from 1pm.
More information about the history of the project can be found here.
The project is part of the Year of Making, a celebration of all forms of making in the city and region. It was supported by the Sheffield Culture Consortium, the Making Ways artist development programme and Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence.