Rivelin Valley Conservation Group and Ruskin in Sheffield
The Rivelin Trail is a collaboration between the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group and Ruskin in Sheffield. This trail aims to introduce users to the history, heritage, and nature of the valley. The trail also includes poetry written and performed in the valley and a description of the artist's colony based at Rivelin Corn Mill and some of the art generated from the colony.
Throughout the 1920s a talented group of artists based themselves at the Rivelin Corn Mill. The inspiration for the artist’s colony was Robert Scott-Temple, a well established Scottish landscape painter in oils. Known as “the Professor”, he lived in a cottage at the Corn Mill. W R E Goodrich was a Sheffield artist best known for still-life and portraiture. He painted Robert Scott-Temple in 1921, but he also produced oil paintings of the valley, its natural setting and its cottages and mills. Ben Baines was an engineer by trade and a semi-professional watercolour painter, a native of Walkley and typical of the working men that philosopher John Ruskin had hoped to encourage into nature and the arts. Now that the Rivelin Valley Artists are starting to be recognised, other members’ paintings are beginning to appear. So far these include Charles Dyson, Vernon Edmunds and Charles Piggott. Together the paintings capture a unique record of the Rivelin valley, its industrial past and its natural beauty in the early 19th century.