‘Light Lines’ winner of National Civic Trust Award

The public artwork commissioned by Barnsley Council to remember the many brave soldiers who fell in the Battle of the Somme, has won a National Civic Trust Award, the only winner in the Yorkshire region.

Artists, musson+retallick, created the work the work as part of an Arts Council England grant to support the delivery of the town’s new Public Arts Strategy. The artists and Barnsley Museums worked with local schools on a supporting engagement project, which was funded by grants from Art Council England, the Ward Alliances and Historic England.

The memorable work, which sat poignantly outside Barnsley’s iconic Town Hall, was on display from Friday 1 July until Remembrance Sunday. It depicted images of local men who fell in battle and also incorporated artwork created by ten local schools.

The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment. Its objective is to honour projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve.

The Civic Trust Awards is one of the only remaining independent built environment awards schemes, not linked to any organisation, institution or publication and operates on a not-for-profit basis.

From 247 National and International entries, the 2017 Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards and AABC Conservation Awards, features 53 winning projects. All schemes featured will receive an Award or Commendation with 5 Special Awards presented to schemes for excellence in specific areas.

The Civic Trust Awards National Panel said the scheme was: "A unique and hugely impactful installation.”

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“Beautiful, poignant and absolutely relevant”. They also remarked on the great link ups with the local communities and schools in co-creating the work.”

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said: “We are thrilled that ‘Light Lines’ has won such a prestigious award.  The caliber of entrees was outstanding and the success of the piece is a testament to the quality of the artwork.  It is through the hard work and dedication of the team involved, the local families and schools who contributed that such a stunning piece was created to remember those brave men of the borough who fell in the Battle of the Somme.”

For more information about the project please visit www.barnsley-museums.com