Artist’s work put on display in Sheffield for last time

Walkley Picture Display 'Jean Young, Holly Clarke, & Jan Young with pictures
Walkley Picture Display 'Jean Young, Holly Clarke, & Jan Young with pictures
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Twelve years after he headlined the first ever Walkley Festival - with his collection of models, carvings and pen-and-ink drawings - late Sheffield artist Jim Young looks set to be the toast of the suburb once again.

Six years after his death, Jim’s wife and three daughters have compiled a collection of his work to display at the annual festival in his memory.

“It’s about coming full circle,” explained daughter Kathy Boyd.

“Dad’s work was always such a hit and we wanted people to see his wonderful creations once more.”

Jim Young was best known locally for opening Albert Ross Salvage Emporium more than four decades ago; turning his hobby - collecting old lamps, doorknobs and cast iron fireplaces – into a lucrative family business in the centre of Walkley.

This year, however, the South Road shop will close its doors for good.

“We’re heartbroken to be leaving, but this final recession has finished us off,” explained Kathy.

It is as a parting gift to the community of Walkley that the four women have decided to display Jim’s work in the shop one last time.

Jim’s collection includes a long model of South Road - featuring all the various shops that were Jim’s neighbours for so many decades - a series of pen-and-ink drawings, some watercolour paintings and styrofoam carvings of many iconic Sheffield landmarks, including Bishop’s House, Meadowhall and the Tinsley Towers.

Kathy added: “We could never sell them, they have far too much sentimental value.

“After the shop closes the pieces will be divided up among the family and treasured.”

The shop will remain open until August 3 to clear the remaining stock.