Louise’s art pieces are complimented by writing from some of Sheffield Hallam University’s creative writing students, who also followed Piper in visiting Renishaw and seeing his work. The students used the Piper collection to explore what the artist – and they – saw and felt about the house, gardens, and the literary history of the Sitwells, as Dr Harriet Earle, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, explains:
“We were delighted to work in collaboration with Renishaw Hall to celebrate the life and works of John Piper. During Piper’s time at Renishaw Hall during the Second World War, he created a number of captivating and highly evocative landscape paintings of the Hall and other key sites in the region. These works speak not only to the beauty of the environment, but also to the spirit of the age, the region’s industrial heritage and, of course, the massive upheaval of the war. We are proud to present the work of six students, all of whom have taken different approaches to their understanding of – and engagement with – Renishaw Hall”.