Retailer gambles on National display

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HE IS under starters orders to create a National treasure.

Sheffield artist Paul Staveley is odds on to become a household name after he was asked by retail giants River Island to create a display to celebrate the Grand National.

The 49-year-old from Beighton was tasked with creating a series of works which are currently on display in River Island’s Liverpool store - just a few miles away from Aintree racecourse which hosted the National on Saturday.

Among the items the former Carter Lodge School pupil has completed is a life-sized horse decorated with a host of colourful runners and riders.

Paul, who is well known in his home city for his works depicting the former Limit nightclub, is working on a number of projects with the clothing retailer.

He is currently in London working with River Island’s Creative Team on a number of ideas which will brighten stores around the country during the summer.