Commissioning a Public Sculpture for Hull

Introduction

This resource explains and illustrates the commission and design process of a major piece of silvercraft for Hullís Guildhall, from the initial brief through to the finished work.

 

You can also view the piece being made and watch the silversmith answering questions about the commission in the video gallery.

 

Background:

The year 2007 saw the 200th anniversary of the end of the British slave trade.  Many events were planned in Hull to commemorate this important event.  This is because of the city's links to William Wilberforce, the Member of Parliament who fought to end slavery.

 

The Guildhall in Hull has a very large collection of silver that reflects Hull's history.  It was decided in 2006 to raise money and commission a brand new piece of silver for 2007.  Funding was finally secured from the Rupert Alec-Smith Fund and the Wilberforce 2007 programme.  The project was also advised and helped by the Sheffield Assay Office.




 
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