Great news as Great Art Show is saved - thanks to The Star

Caroline Appleyard with her work
Caroline Appleyard with her work
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It is the biggest amateur art show in the north of England but, after more than 25 years, organisers feared they would have to cancel the annual extravaganza.

So here’s some great news: the Great Sheffield Art Show will indeed go ahead this year. And it’s all thanks to The Diary.

The event - which sees some 250 creative types from across England display their work at The Octagon Centre, in Western Bank, over one summer weekend - was under threat because of lack of funding. Poor sales last year and declining sponsorship meant organisers were considering calling time.

But after this page exclusively revealed the end might be nigh, the team has been inundated with people offering to help.

“There was so much goodwill we just felt we couldn’t let it not go ahead,” says organiser Catriona Lister. “The funding is still proving tough but, with cost cutting measures, things will be manageable.”

The team has cut the selection day from three to two to save on venue hire. Correspondence will be done solely by email rather than post.

Now those wanting their work to be considered for display should submit - to lailav@hotmail.co.uk - before April 1. The show runs June 27-29.