Sheffield hospital exhibition shows fun of the fair

Showtime, a spectacular exhibition of work spanning 200 years, is now up in Sheffield Children's Hospital, on loan from the National Fairground Archive.
Showtime, a spectacular exhibition of work spanning 200 years, is now up in Sheffield Children's Hospital, on loan from the National Fairground Archive.
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Big, bold and brightly coloured posters of fairground events through the years are the subject of a new hospital exhibition.

The fascinating world of show people comes to life in Showtime, a spectacular display of work spanning 200 years, that is now up in Sheffield Children’s Hospital, on loan from the National Fairground Archive.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, director of the National Fairground Archive, said: “We are delighted to have this unique opportunity to exhibit with Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity in our 20th anniversary year.

“The exhibition shows the importance of family to show people, and is just a small selection of the 20,000 posters we have in the archive.

“The pieces were chosen to appeal to the patients and visitors to the hospital, and to give them a moment of enjoyment in a time of need.”

Showtime is on display in the hospital’s dedicated exhibition space – The Long Gallery – as part of Artfelt, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s arts programme, which is committed to ‘harnessing the healing power of art through transforming hospital spaces’.