Sheffield artist wins prestigious award

Sheffield artist Sarah Sharpe, who has received award-winning recognition at the 2014 Great North Art Show.
Sheffield artist Sarah Sharpe, who has received award-winning recognition at the 2014 Great North Art Show.
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An artist from Sheffield has received award-winning recognition at the 2014 Great North Art Show.

Narrative artist Sarah Sharpe’s exploration of the orphan child Jane Eyre, entitled ‘The Red Room’, has scooped the prestigious ‘best in show’ title.

The Great North Art Show, which is held at Ripon Cathedral, is an annual exhibition of contemporary art featuring the work of around 50 painters, etchers, printmakers and photographers.

Sarah, who is also a long-standing member of Peak District Artisans, said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this recognition for a series of paintings that emerged from a set of etchings which I first created exploring the significance of Jane’s doll.

“This work is my interpretation of a very lonely, motherless child, emotionally neglected, who very much has to rely on her own inner resources to survive.

“Jane does survive, but not without being marked psychologically.”

The judges said the piece was a ‘deeply felt and meditative painting’.

The Great North Art Show runs until September 21.

All the artwork is for sale, and entry is free.

The exhibition is open seven days a week from 9.30am until 4.30pm.