Art show puts Sheffield in frame

Sheffield's longest running art club, Heeley Art Club, is to hold an exhibition of its members' finest pieces at the Winter Garden  - Sheffield Canal Basin by Bryn Hughes

Sheffield's longest running art club, Heeley Art Club, is to hold an exhibition of its members' finest pieces at the Winter Garden - Sheffield Canal Basin by Bryn Hughes

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From Sheffield’s canal basin to the Georgian townhouses of Paradise Square – artwork is putting the city in the frame.

Heeley Art Club’s annual exhibition is back, celebrating all things Sheffield.

Paintings depicting industrial heritage, such as old-fashioned boilers on parade in Abbeydale, will stand easel-to-easel with portraits of local celebrities such as radio presenter Rony Robinson.

The exhibition, called Sheffield in the Frame, features 46 pictures from 21 artists who belong to the city’s oldest art club.

It kicks off tomorrow at the Winter Garden in the city centre.

Some of the contributors will be at the venue during the fortnight-long showcase to chat to visitors about their work, and a few may even pick up a paintbrush.

Roger Smith, exhibit organiser and former head of Norton College, said: “While in town, if you are an art lover or just interested in local talented artists, call in and see the many different styles which are displayed.

“You will find it a rewarding and worthwhile visit. You will not be disappointed.”

Hundreds are expected to attend the ninth exhibition, which will offer visitors the chance to purchase a piece of art to take home with them.

The popularity of the annual offering continues to grow and its spot at the Winter Garden is a far cry from the club’s humble beginnings in Thirwell Road Wesleyan School in 1895. It is also a world away from the room members once took up in North Church Street – which was convenient for the local tramps’ hostel, which provided models for a shilling a time.

Admission is free.

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