Artist Commission: Abbey Pumping Station and the Environment

Leicester artist and printmaker Mandeep Dhadialla has been selected for Leicester Museums & Galleries newest artist development opportunity.

Published: 23 March 2023

Leicester Museums & Galleries have selected the artist and printmaker Mandeep Dhadialla to produce an artwork responding to Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester’s Industrial Museum.

Mandeep was selected by open call for the commission and is delighted to have been chosen for the project. She says “I’m honoured to have been selected. This is going to be great opportunity to work with industrial museum objects and heritage sites through printmaking.”

Inspired by the Abbey Pumping Station’s magnificent beam engines and the recycling of waste into fertiliser, Mandeep will develop an artwork based on ideas of interconnected cyclical systems and their impact on the environment. Cyclical systems are where a series of events happen repeatedly in the same order.

This commission is part of a three-year programme of similar projects across Leicester Museums venues. The programme will provide local artists with access to Leicester Museums and the art collections to develop their practice and create new artwork.


The exhibition, Steam and Seeds, will take place at Highcross Leicester, on the upper mall corridor to the left of the Zara retail unit. The exhibition will run over the Easter holidays from Saturday 1st April – Sunday 4th June 2023.

Mandeep will also be holding a free Creative Bookmaking workshop at Abbey Pumping Station on Tuesday 11th April, 1pm – 3pm. The original prints will also be on display. The workshop is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Young children must be accompanied and booking is essential.