We are thrilled to announce that Kelham Island Museum has been shortlisted for the Museums at Night national Connect10 competition.
Voting starts next week and you can help us!
If successful, the Museum will work with leading contemporary artist Susan Forsyth to stage a spectacular event. Susan's ‘Zusammen Choir' concept is about community music-making on an industrial scale and we definitely have something to make a song and dance about!
We will create a Pied Piper procession from the city centre, celebrating Sheffield as a city of song and steelmaking. Our feet will walk the line of the old electricity cables right back to the source of their energy - Kelham Island Museum, former power station for the city's trams. The procession will swell and grow, gathering voices as it flows, building to the grand finale - a mass duet with our star attraction, the colossal River Don Engine. This working steam engine once powered a rolling mill making armour plating for First World War battleships.
‘Zusammen' means together and local schools and community partners will form the core of the choir, gathering individuals and local residents along the way. The singers will be joined by our Living History characters, bringing people of the past vividly to life.
We are competing against Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Rochdale Pioneers Museum and the University of Liverpool's Victoria Gallery & Museum.
The decision is now up to you the public and voting is open until 5pm on Tuesday 5 March.
Click here to vote for Kelham Island Museum
Museums at Night 2013 takes place in hundreds of museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK, during the evenings of Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May.
The Connect10 competition invites museums all over the country to bid for one of ten leading artists, to help them create a unique event during the Museums at Night weekend. The competition is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England