Creating charity art was dream for Sheffield-based artist Matt Cockayne

Sheffield-based artist Matt Cockayne with his wife Lynsey. They are pictured with a charity piece Matt has designed to celebrate 40 years of World Snooker in the city
Sheffield-based artist Matt Cockayne with his wife Lynsey. They are pictured with a charity piece Matt has designed to celebrate 40 years of World Snooker in the city
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An artist has been given the ‘honour’ of creating a charity piece to celebrate 40 years of World Snooker in the city.

Matt Cockayne, who runs his own business called Goo-Design, was commissioned to produce the artwork to raise money for to charities, the Cavendish Cancer Care and Weston Park Cancer Charity.

The artwork, which raised £400 to be shared between the two charities, also marked 40 years of World Snooker at The Crucible Theatre and illustrates the story of a young boy one day dreaming of becoming the world champion.

Matt said: “ I have always shown an interest in the snooker so to be given the responsibility to produce such an artwork is a huge honour and one I am very proud of.

“I wanted to draw a kind of time-lapse piece from 1977 -2017 and decided a boyhood dream of a child’s progression from spectator to being a contender in the tournament to finally becoming a home grown champion would be quite apt and appeal to not just the people of Sheffield but snooker fans in general.”

He added that it was ‘a dream come true’ to help raise as much money as possible for the two charities.

The artwork, a huge A1-sized signed piece, was auctioned off at the Cue Ball event Mercure St Paul hotel, city centre, earlier this month. The whole event raised £50,000 for the charities.

Matt, originally from Halfway, Mosborough, takes inspiration from the city, stories and photos in his work. His art features many of the cities iconic products and places.

Visit www.goo-design.co.uk to see more of Matt’s designs.