Sellafield is a nuclear fuel re-processing and nuclear de-commissioning site, close to the village of Seascale, in Cumbria. It is in a remote coastal area between the Irish Sea and the mountains of the Lake District.
It started life as a Royal Ordnance Factory during the Second World War (1942), as Sellafield in 1947, associated with names like THORP (Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant), Calder Hall and Windscale. It is the site of the world's first commercial nuclear power station to generate electricity on an industrial scale.
This, the most notorious nuclear facility in the UK, is the last place on earth that I would have expected to find a celebration of unique wall art in the form of a national art exhibition. ‘The Art of Reprocessing’, at the Beacon Museum Whitehaven, tells the story of Sellafield’s Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp). It is commissioned by the site’s operator Sellafield Ltd, and features work from local, national, and international artists.
The exhibition opened on November 17th 2018, at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven.
The Art of Reprocessing opened with a VIP preview event and was open to the public until early January 2019. A smaller version of the exhibition will stay open until March 2019.
This nuclear art includes sculptures, relief printing, collages, textural canvases, paintings, and sketches. Each piece has been individually commissioned to convey a moment in the life of the plant.
The exhibiting artists are:
Katie Edwards, Helaina Sharpley, Kathy Harris, Paul Leith, Heidi Hodkinson, Sarah Strachan, Jill Davis, Debby Akam, Simon Wilson, Chiyun Yeh, Marion Kuit, Issie Holmes, Thomas Hedger, Veronica Currie, Kate Eveson, Aimee Green, Sarah Taylor, Hollie Morton-O’fee, Olivia Pilling and Charlotte Ellis.
Here is Charlotte’s entry:
Emma Law, head of corporate communications for Sellafield Ltd said:
“Thorp is not just a Sellafield story; it’s part of the social history of west Cumbria…From the public inquiry in the 1970s, which decided it should go ahead, to the economic boom of the construction years and the 24 years of operations, it’s been stitched into the fabric of local life…For us, it’s an iconic building, but for many people it’s mysterious: it’s behind a fence, out of the sight…We wanted to make it accessible and meaningful to people who don’t know much about it…So we commissioned artists to take the story and give us their interpretation; to see it with fresh eyes and express it a new way…It’s a fabulous exhibition and I would encourage everyone who can to visit.”
More than 3,000 flock to ‘nuclear’ art showcase
An exhibition with a difference has attracted more than 3,000 visitors in a month. The Art of Reprocessing, at the Beacon in Whitehaven
The ‘Art of Reprocessing’ nuclear art exhibition marks the end of an era at Sellafield.
Sellafield is quite an old industrial site, exhibiting all the traits, colours and materials that display and celebrate its heritage.
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