City shows art is in a great state

Arty: College Media Make-up students dressed as WWII Varga girls.
Arty: College Media Make-up students dressed as WWII Varga girls.
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ART of all kinds has gone on show in Sheffield at one of the biggest public exhibitions in the country.

The Great Sheffield Art Show has been a highlight of the city’s cultural year for over two decades – and organisers have ensured that traditional high standards have been maintained.

Colourful: Crowds enjoy the dozens of paintings on show at the Great Sheffield Art Show.                        Pictures: Glenn Ashley.

Colourful: Crowds enjoy the dozens of paintings on show at the Great Sheffield Art Show. Pictures: Glenn Ashley.

This year’s event at Sheffield University’s Octagon Centre contains more than 1,400 exhibits with work submitted by artists from around South Yorkshire, both amateur and semi-professional.

Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley opened the event and hailed the standard of artwork as exceptional – as usual.

Organiser Mike Fearne said: “This year we have tried to include some new faces and some different styles of artwork.

“As well as the individual exhibits we have 21 trade stands for professional artists to show and sell their work.

Smiles all round: Caroline Appleyard with her art.

Smiles all round: Caroline Appleyard with her art.

“Last year was an amazing success and our artists managed to sell over £25,000 worth of paintings during the show, with more sold after. It’s a tribute to the very high standard of the works on show.”

Attractions during the preview evening included award- winning artwork displayed by make-up and media department students from Sheffield City College.

The show has now been a fixture since 1988 and is recognised as the largest show of its kind in the north of England.

This year’s event is expected to attract more than 4,000 visitors over the three days, with the show closing tomorrow.