Ordsall Hall public art schemes

Salford City Council has developed in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) a programme of community and public art schemes as part of a major project to develop and conserve Ordsall Hall.

John Kennedy - Moat

John Kennedy is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. He is an established artist and landscape architect who has worked on projects at a regional and national scale. He has a proven track record of work in the public realm, both as a consultant managing other artists in community engagement and regeneration projects, and as an artist designing and making robust and meaningful artworks that are rooted in the place where they are sited and provide a permanent legacy of the aspirations of a community or other client group.

His work has received critical attention and has been exhibited and published in the UK and Europe, alongside work by artists such as Jaume Plensa, Roxy Paine, Andy Golsworthy, Richard Wilson and Antony Gormley.

He aspires to create compelling spatial experiences based on this relationship that reveal local narratives and strengthen identity by creating new points of orientation for people. Much of his work involves community engagement, whether they are acting as the client, collaborators or commentators.

Artist's statement:

"From an artistic perspective, the distinction between historical restoration and historical interpretation is not clear cut and is open to analysis and criticism. In the content of the interpretation of the moat, this issue is offered as the central theme - the difficulty of differentiation between the real and the imagined, between historical narrative and a fictional narrative.

"The concept of the moat extends the idea of pretending that the moat is real and full of water - the idea of the power of a memory of an historic artefact to influence contemporary action

"The purpose of the original moat was considered to be defensive. The intention of the artwork was to create fictive fortifications, developing the visual language of the moat as a defensive structure, encircling a protected space, at defined points of access. The concept is therefore a strategy to recreate the landscape of defence and fortification through the use of visual clues created through the careful and subtle modification of the external works."

Lesley Fallais - Timeline

Artist Lesley Fallais makes site-specific artwork for public spaces.

Timeline is a permanent artwork for Ordsall Hall which is integrated into new garden spaces and paved area in front of the south facade, as part of the restoration programme between 2009 and 2011.
The artwork illustrates aspects of the Hall's history, the site and the history of the neighbourhood in which it has stood for over 700 years. It reflects social change, recording some of the many individuals and events connected to Ordsall Hall.

Artists statement:

"I developed the design, themes and content of the timeline in collaboration with the restoration team, staff at Ordsall Hall and local people. A number of community groups were involved in timeline workshops where people of all ages shared memories and stories about local characters and event that could be permanently recorded in the artwork. Words, images and objects relating to the history have been cast in resin, carved and etched into stone paving and built into a permanent sculptural timeline for Ordsall Hall."