One of the main aims of the Ridges & Furrows programme is to bring artists and historians together, to work with local communities to reveal and reimagine the heritage of each location.
We asked the artists involved and the project historian (Dave Reeves) to work with residents, community groups and schools to deliver a wide range of different activities – conversations, art workshops, singing, walks and even a pub quiz – that would help to widen people’s knowledge and understanding of local histories, folklore and personal stories in each location. We have captured some of this information through recorded oral reminiscence.
We then wanted to celebrate and share the outcomes of all this activity with a wider audience through temporary artworks, performances and events. We had the first big community celebration – the Welbourn Horkey in October 2016, followed by the Hykeham Haecca in December 2016. The next phase of the programme was delivered in Waddington – leading to an event called Portraits and Places in June 2017. Waddington was the first location on the arts & heritage trail to see a permanent public art commission, with a series of sculptures by artist duo Grennan & Sperandio installed on buildings around the trail in summer 2018.