Artist hunts for toys to complete exhibition

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A charity in Sheffield is calling on residents to search their attics for toys from the last 60 years to use in a new art exhibition.

Photographer Andy Brown, who is based in the city, is putting together a project featuring toys from the 1870s onwards, which will be displayed in Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s accident and emergency department.

The hospital charity’s Artfelt team – which helps to brighten up wards for young patients – is hunting for a number of toys to include, including a 1950s Slinky, a 1960s Sindy doll, a 1980s Rubik’s Cube, a 1980s Transformer, 1990s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Lego Bionicles from the last decade.

All toys will be returned to their owners once photographed.

Andy said: “I need the public to help me find the last few favourites to complete the collection.

“The more recent plastic and electronic toys, despite being much more widely available to buy, have been much harder to find because they seem to be more disposable.”

n Email artfelt@tchc.org.uk or call 0114 271 7203 to loan toys.