"What a lovely activity to do on a Sunday afternoon with my kids. I haven’t seen them sit and concentrate on something for so long for such a long time…thank you."
It all began in February 2003 when a group of artists and residents of North West Sheffield took part in the Wond’rous Watery walk – an event on the Ponderosa. This was funded and planned through the Garden Rooms, an arts organisation that existed at the time, as part of Bloom (a local festival in Netherthorpe, Upperthorpe and Langsett). Roanna Heller and Cassie Limb were inspired by Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy, and wanted to create Art In The Park. They aimed for local residents in North West Sheffield to get involved, get inspired and engage creatively with naturally found objects.
The Art in the Park project became bigger and more diverse than the Garden Rooms could support in terms of arts activity and in 2004 the project received it’s own Arts Council funding. Art in the Park as an organisation was born, running an event practically each month, which took the format of: a gazebo in a park, food, volunteers and nature inspired crafts. They were very low key, but showed there was a community need and interest in free, environmental art.
Our limited company status was given in May 2006 and we became a registered charity in November 2006.
In 2014, we celebrated 10 years of providing high quality arts and changed our company name to Ignite Imaginations to better reflect the growth and wider audiences which we now serve.