Sheffield gallery exhibits late student’s art work

An exhibition of Janet Parry's work is at the Sheffield Institute of Arts
An exhibition of Janet Parry's work is at the Sheffield Institute of Arts
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Art work by a talented mature student – who lost her battle to cancer – is being displayed in a special exhibition.

Mother-of-two Janet Parry was in the second year of a fine art degree at Sheffield Hallam University when she was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Just a few months later, in March this year, she passed away, aged 58.

Now in tribute to Janet, her husband, Steve Bamford, has worked with the Sheffield Institute of Arts to curate a display of her impressive work.

Steve said: “We wanted to hold an exhibition in memory of Janet and in recognition of all her achievements.

“Janet really enjoyed the first year of her course and excelled at it. Unfortunately she was unable to continue it after her diagnosis.”

Janet, who lived in Millhouses, took early retirement from her position as executive director at Sheffield Homes in 2012 to pursue her art degree. She was given the highest mark ever awarded on the course.

The exhibition at Gallery 02, Sheffield Institute of Arts, runs until Wednesday.

It features a collection of abstract paintings, prints and installations, which have been auctioned to raise cash for Cancer Research UK and St Luke’s Hospice.