Thieves strike twice at gallery

POLICE are investigating two thefts within a week at a Sheffield art gallery.

Two sculptures worth a combined £2,000 were stolen from the Cupola gallery in Middlewood Road when it was open.

Owner Karen Sherwood said: “This must have been someone who really wanted to steal these sculptures and there’s very little we can do about that. They probably passed them over our back wall, this wasn’t an opportunistic theft. We think it was either to order, or someone who just wanted the artworks and couldn’t afford them.”

A figure by artist Lucianne Lassalle, entitled The Gift and valued at £550, went missing on May 27 or 28. A glass giraffe head by Bruce Marks, entitled Indlulamithi, and on sale for £1,400, disappeared on June 1 or 2.

Ms Sherwood said the artwork was unique, so “very traceable. We’re not sure yet if our insurance policy covers theft of this nature but the art community has been very supportive.”