The Kes 50 Project

It’s been a busy few months planning the Kes 50 Project with Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership. Below are some images and a few links to recent events, including the ‘Kestrel for a Knave’ book drop in Hoyland.

Aluminium foil plate produced to print materials for inside book
Cards being printed at Hot Metal Press (Elsecar)
Cards were printed with ‘rainbow’ effect foil
Making up 50 books with DVLP team
Kes 50 badges ready to adorn book covers
Finished book cover with stickers and badges
Special stamps were made for inside book
Book release day in Hoyland with BBC

During the course of 2018/19 myself and Anton Want will be collaborating to create a collection of new artworks celebrating the work of Barry Hines. This marks the 50th anniversaries of both the book, ‘A Kestrel For A Knave’ and subsequent film, ‘Kes’.

Working within the same South Yorkshire communities and landscapes which informed Hines’ rich, descriptive writing and deep understanding of people and place, the artists will be engaging with the universal themes raised in his work to present a contemporary interpretation of a changing social landscape.

The artworks will appear in various public locations during the ongoing project and culminate in a major new public exhibition during 2019.

You can follow the project at


The KES 50 Project partner is funded by:

We are also working with The University of Sheffield and The Civic, Barnsley.