Park Hill paintings head for London

Sheffield based artist Many Payne has had two  pieces of work of Park Hill accepted for the Threadneedle Prize at the Mall Galleries in London.

Sheffield based artist Many Payne has had two pieces of work of Park Hill accepted for the Threadneedle Prize at the Mall Galleries in London.

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Two paintings of Park Hill by Sheffield based artist Mandy Payne have been selected for the prestigious Threadneedle Prize exhibition in London.

They are studies of the brutal architecture on slabs of concrete sprayed with aerosol.

The project was started during her part time Fine Art degree at Nottingham University she recently completed.

“As part of my studies I have been exploring Park Hill,” she says. “I made drawings and took lots of photographs.

“I wanted to create observational paintings that spoke of the displacement of the established communities and the temporaility of the urban landscape.

“I was keen to use materials that were integral to the site itself - namely concrete and aerosol paints.”

She cast the concrete herself (reinforcing it with a wire mesh baking tray from her kitchen) and then had them framed in wood to avoid them chipping.

The Threadneedle Prize is the UK’s leading showcase for contemporary figurative and representational painting and sculpture with one of the largest art prizes on offer to the overall winner.

The exhibition, which runs at the Mall Galleries from September 25 to October 10, has been selected from an open competition. Mandy Payne’s pieces were among more than 3,500 entries from which 111 works by 95 artists were chosen.

The artist who lives at Crosspool also has work in a group exhibition at the Clock House Gallery at the Northern General Hospital.