Public art projects

Public art has contributed to the overall design and high quality of Sheffield's award winning public spaces, including the Peace Gardens, Sheaf Square and Tudor Square. The richness and craft skills that artists bring help to make distinctive, well used and loved spaces.

Artists have a key role in involving and engaging local people in change in their neighbourhood. Often drawing on the history and local character of the area, their work can be seen in schools, public and private buildings, parks and open spaces.

We encourage Public art in all new major developments as a significant and integral part of design quality. We have a Public art officer responsible for overseeing this.

Women of Steel

The bronze statue, designed by leading sculptor Martin Jennings, stands outside the City Hall in Barker’s Pool. The statue is to celebrate the Women of Steel and honour those women who worked in Sheffield's steel works and factories during both World Wars.

More information about the Women of Steel

The stunning bronze statue which is a permanent memorial to the Women of Steel now stands proudly in Barker's Pool in Sheffield City Centre. The statue was unveiled on 17th June 2016 and over 100 surviving Women of Steel came along to the unveiling ceremony and lunch at the City Hall Ballroom.

During both World Wars, thousands of women were conscripted to work in the factories and steel mills to keep them running whilst the men were away fighting.

The women, many of them in their teens and early twenties, took on these roles, which were often dangerous and physically demanding, alongside looking after their families and other duties. At the end of the war these women were simply dismissed from the factories as the men returned and for many years their outstanding effort went unrecognised.

The Women of Steel are an important part of Sheffield's history and an inspiration to young people today.

The statue was created by leading sculptor Martin Jennings who worked closely with a group of Women of Steel to come up with the design.

The funding for the statue was raised through public donations and made possible through the enthusiasm and generosity of local people and businesses.

We have also been able to honour many of the surviving Women of Steel and the families of those no longer with us with a commemorative medallion specially produced by the Sheffield Assay Office. Following a request for applications nearly 800 medallions have been issued.

Contact Public Art

4th Floor
Howden House
S1 2SH

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