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Cutlery Works commission painting of anti-slavery activist

The Kelham Island & Neepsend Arts & Heritage Trail celebrates the areas iconic past. The next piece couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time as it represents a leader of the anti-slavery movement.

Local artist Katy Setterington today began work on a huge painting of Kelham-born activist Mary Anne Rawson outside of Cutlery Works. The food hall ran by The Milestone Group have commissioned this piece, along with the utility box, recently completed by KIAC artist Simon Wigglesworth-Baker.

Mary Anne Rawson was born where Brooklyn Works is now in 1801. She stood up for many injustices but it was anti-slavery that she is best known for. Mary Anne was the founding member of the Sheffield Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1825, campaigning for the rights of the slaves in the British Empire. This was the first Anti-Slavery Society to campaign not for a gradual and managed end, but an immediate end to slavery.

The work is expected to take a couple of weeks (weather dependent), check out Katy’s work here and her utility box of Stan Shaw on on Dun Street.

The Kelham Island & Neepsend Arts & Heritage Trail is a KINCA ran project, making art accessible for all.

Picture: Matt Bigland (The Milestone Group), Katy Setterington (artist)

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