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25 March - 25 April, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield

Sally Wilson in collaboration with DINA, has invited Sheffield artists and performers to offer a 'Quote for Hope' to the City of Sheffield. These 2.5ft by 3ft banners will hang 20 ft high through Fitzalan Square with the view to make the people of Sheffield smile.

Design and typography by Owen Bennett

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Hanging over Fitzalan Square....



‘Quotes for Hope’ is a new project by Sally Wilson, commissioned by and supported by DINA with funding from Arts Council England to create a piece of public art right next to our new venue on Fitzalan Square. 


Quotes For Hope is a celebration of the cities people, their creativity and our basic connection to each other. You will find quotes here from Michael Palin and DJ Toddla T and sons right alongside ideas from Sheffield's youngest residents. 


Whilst the doors of venues and theatres have been closed Sally felt it was important to “embellish our towns and cities with connection’s, creating visible chords to others…offering messages of hope. And revealing our best washed thoughts strung on a clothesline to air”. Early in 2021 we asked Sheffield artists and people with links to Sheffield's cultural sector what do you find motivating, moving and inspiring? We asked ‘Can you offer the people of Sheffield some words to make them smile?’  

Contributors were asked to send a quote with no more than 72 characters to fit on 36 banners that will hang over Fitzalan Square from 25 March - 25 April 2021. 

Alongside cultural producers quotes are the voices of Sheffield pre-schoolers at Ellesmere Children's Centre who told us what makes them feel happy! 


We can’t wait to share this installation with you and hope walking beneath these banners will make you smile!

Contributors in order of the quotes - 
Christopher Oram (Theatre Designer) • Martyn Ware (Musician/Producer) • Winston Hazel (DJ/Producer) • Tom Rogers (Theatre Designer) • Zoe Kinross and Jennifer Richards of Reel FemmeBen Stones (Theatre Designer) • Michael Palin (Actor/TV presenter/comedian)• Jo Peel (Artist) • Rhonda Allen (Director of Sheffield Carnival) • Zoe Genders (Artist) • Anna Jane Casey (Actor) • Richard Hawley (Musician) • Morriarchi (Producer) • Lucy Cheeseman (Sound Artist) • Karen Sherwood (Artist/Director of Cupola Gallery)• Rosie Mac
Pherson (Artistic Director of Stand and be Counted)• Ellesmere Children’s Centre (ECC) • Mina Anwar (Actor/Director) • Ross Orton (Music Producer) • ECC • Kim Streets (Chief Executive Millennium Galleries) • Roisin Murphy (Musician/Producer) • Tashinga Matewe (Poet) • Jemima Foxtrot (Poet) • Toddla T with his children Oisin & Riley (Producer/DJ) • Joey Connolly (Poet) • Otis Mensah (Writer/Performer) • Sharna Jackson (Children's Author and Artistic Director) • Emilie Taylor (Ceramic Artist) • ECC • ECC • Corin Mellor (Creative Director, David Mellor Design) • Rob Hastie (Artistic Director, Sheffield Theatres) • John McCrea (Actor)• Nadia Emam (Poet) • ECC
With thanks to -
All of the QFH contributors, Owen Bennett (designer and typographer), Sally Wilson (artist and producer), Evelyn Albrow (producer), Imogen Singer (Seamstress/Maker), Jack Howe and Malcolm Camp (Installation of banners), Ellesmere Children's Centre, Print by Tonik, Sheffield City Council, Arts Council England
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