Football memorabilia, street rubbish and relish on show

Ian Spooner
Ian Spooner

THE Great Sheffield Art Show this year is full of surprises such as a piece of football memorabilia, a couple of pictures painted using Henderson’s Relish and sculptures made out of Sheffield street rubbish.

The event will showcase more than 1500 pieces of art work from over 600 artists, both amateur and professional, with many people exhibiting and selling for the first time in public.

Chesterfield fan and 16-year-old artist Oliver Byne spent the last day of the football season collecting the autographs of the entire first team squad along with manager John Sheridan.

He incorporated the signatures into a piece of abstract art that depicts the town’s famous Crooked Spire and is putting it on show at the event at Sheffield University’s Octagon Centre this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The A-Level student at High Storrs School came up with ‘art-a-graphs’, the concept of fusing the production of abstract art with the appreciation of the hobby of philography, autograph collecting, as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

He hopes to sell the painting to raise money in aid of the Paul Hunter Foundation and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Appeal.

Great Sheffield Art Show spokesperson Mike Fearne admitted: “At first the piece left some of our judges puzzled – we’d never seen anything like it! But it was selected and is now set to be one of the most interesting artworks we’ve ever put on sale.”

The Henderson’s Relish paintings, one of a bottle of the saunce, the other of the company’s factory in Leavygreave Road, are by Grenoside artist and photographer Ian Spooner. “I was looking for something iconically Sheffield to paint, and obviously Henderson’s leapt out at me, ” he explains while admitting he’s not a fan of the condiment.

Donna Bailey from Carlton-in-Lindrick was also aiming to create something eye-catchingly original with her sculptures made from found materials including an 11 ft alligator constructed from dumped tyres, an owl fashioned from nuts, bolts and screws, and a homeless man made of cardboard and screws.

Diana Storey gets a buzz out of challenging the public perception of mosaics and giving a contemporary twist to the ancient art. Her main material is beautiful stained glass but she also enjoys souring other materials by scouring charity shops and car boot sales for colour artifacts which she will break up to reassemble in a new incarnation. Working from a studio at Yorkshire Artspace’s Porter Brook her work ranges from a three-dimensional fibreglass horse for a sensory garden in Britanny to commissions for a hairdresser and an osteopathic practice.

Bryan Hible, an acrylic realist artist from Sheffield now based at Mansfield, has come up with an unique self-portrait. Becoming increasingly perturbed at recent photos which fail to match his perception of himself, he embarked on a piece comprising an old school photo taped on to a woodframed chalkboard with a scrawled confirmation that it is the “real me”. Stephen Coates, who has just turned professional after 16 years running a sandwich shop at Bents Green, is the reverse of those who only discovered art late in life. He comes from an artistic family and excelled at art at school but was advised against pursuing it as a career. On a family holiday in St Ives 25 years ago his passion was re-kindled and then advanced with the help of Frank Clarke’s Simply Painting TV course. Now he teaches art himself in addition to painting landscapes.

Chris Fenton uses his keen interest in perspective geometery to create fantastic cityscapes drawn from his imagination. His principle inspirations are the curvilinear prints of MC Escfher and the etchings of Giovanni Piranese. His Adobe (Red) is a Piranesi-like cityscape is like no place on Earth.

Run solely by volunteers the Great Sheffield Art Show, now in its 24th year, has been responsible for nurturing scores of amateur artists who have become professionals. After a private view tonight at the Octagon, the event is open Friday from 10am until 9pm; Saturday from 10am until 6pm and Sunday from 10am until 6pm.