Artist’s creations bring city’s canal basin to life

paintram' local artist Norah Rogerson with her 1989 painting of the Straddle Warehouse before restoration at the Canal Basin, Sheffield and others in her olg team project on the canal ' See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton'Nov 16  2011
paintram' local artist Norah Rogerson with her 1989 painting of the Straddle Warehouse before restoration at the Canal Basin, Sheffield and others in her olg team project on the canal ' See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton'Nov 16 2011
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SHEFFIELD’S industrial past has been brought to life in a series of unique paintings showing how city residents once used to live.

Local artist Norah Rogerson is this week displaying a selection of watercolours showing the dereliction and regeneration of the Sheffield canal basin.

The sequence of paintings, painted on site between 1989 and 1995, documents its demise and subsequent regeneration.

It was a long-term project for Norah who braved the elements, discomfort and difficulties of working on a building site for more than five years.

Speaking about her time painting the canal basin Norah said: “Drawing and painting on a building site is always difficult. There is constant movement and change. The breeze whips up dust and dirt which when combined with diesel fumes is very unpleasant.

“Interiors are cold, draughty, filthy, dark and dangerous. However, I was glad I was there and that the work was done.”

Sheffield Canal Basin, which was opened in 1819, is a vital part of Sheffield Heritage and Norah captured the buildings in their transition into the modern age.

Each piece tells its own story.

Examples include the Sheaf Works by the side of the canal and railway, the Straddle Warehouse which discreetly handled hazardous materials for the Second World War and the Engine House which impressively provided power for all forging and grinding for the works.

Sheffield Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Norah and her paintings to the Town Hall. I hope many people get to see the wonderful insight she has made into depicting our industrial past

The show is in the Town Hall foyer open daily from 9am to 5.30pm.