May Day boathouse art exhibition

Stowe Pool Boathouse with Hannah Golding's artwork

Stowe Pool’s boathouse with Hannah Golding’s artwork

On Staffordshire Day, visitors to Stowe Pool in Lichfield are invited to peek inside the Edwardian boathouse and take a look at a new art installation.

In partnership with Lichfield District Council, the Sculpture and Art Foundation, which is a Community Interest Company, is busy turning Stowe Pool’s boathouse into a new art space. As part of this, a programme of aspiring artists will work in residence and will produce final artwork installations that will be on display to visitors to the city centre beauty spot.

The first artist to work in the boathouse is Hannah Golding, who has created an art installation of abstract shapes and colours using textiles, willow, paper and objects to showcase the space in a different way.

In a first for Stowe Pool, the boathouse doors will be wide open on Monday 1 May, between 10am and 4pm, and everyone is invited to take a look around the art space and see Hannah’s work and to talk to the artist and the Sculpture and Art Foundation team.

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We’re busy working on plans to improve Stowe Pool, and part of our vision for this fantastic local resource is to find ways to involve the community. This partnership with Sculpture and Art Foundation is a great way to bring artists and art to the area. We’re really excited to see the new installation and know that visitors to Stowe Pool will enjoy getting a chance to see the boathouse and the artwork.”

Hannah Golding enjoys working in a wide range of materials and uses many different techniques. Her work includes both figurative and abstract sculptures, paintings and photographs often exploring the use of colour. Hannah creates a depiction of the world around her through using materials such as steel, wire, textiles, recycled and found objects to depict nature and the beauty in life. She has extensive experience working with the community, conducting workshops and exhibiting her work publicly through exhibitions and workshops.

Hannah said: “It’s been fantastic to get the chance to work in Stowe Pool’s boathouse. It has such atmosphere and it’s great to be so close to the water and to look across to the cathedral and St Chad’s Church. I also love how many people I meet as they walk round the pool. I hope lots of people will grab the chance to see my artwork and to take a look round the boathouse.”

If you are interested in producing an innovative installation artwork for this space contact the Sculpture and Art Foundation C.I.C via the website or on Facebook @SculptureandArtFoundation.