The opening ceremony saw Helena Whitbread cutting the ribbon of this stonework, which is now part of the permanent dry stone walling exhibition at Shibden Park. Two out of the six women who created this monument are Italians: Antonella Tiozzo and Serena Cattaneo shared with us some highlights of this work.
Antonella Tiozzo is a sculptor. Raised in the Veneto region, she's now based in Liguria, in Northwestern Italy.
“I had no idea who Anne Lister was before being invited to join this specific project, but the more I learned about her (also through the Anne Lister Italia website) the more I fell fascinated by her.”.
Antonella is the artist who carved the three monoliths, inspired by Anne, her life, and her land: “The concept of time passing is crucial, and I have declined it differently in each of these sandstone blocks. The wheel recalls Anne's carriage and her travels obviously, but also the many carts carrying stones and coal on these grounds in her time; a leafless oak branch lays next to it, while in the other monolith the branch is full of leaves, as it happens with changing seasons, and sits next to a pocket watch, a very important item to Anne Lister! On the third monolith, the central piece, I carved Anne's funerary hatchet, inspired by the original one kept right here at Shibden Hall, adding on the side of the block a coded quote from Anne “Let not your spirit turn coward” (Friday 16 May 1834 SH:7/ML/E/17/0033).