Favourite Things: ‘My home village is an underrated part of city’

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Matt Cockayne is a successful graphic artist hailing from Halfway.

He studied signwriting and graphic design at Castle College before moving into the print industry. He followed his dream of self-employment in 2014 when he founded Goo Design after friends started demanding to buy his popular Henderson’s Relish prints.

He is the mastermind behind the Bangers and Cash ‘art show banger rally’, which is raising funds for Sheffield youth homeless charity Roundabout. The rally will see 23 teams of local businesses drive from Sheffield to Monte Carlo in September in old cars worth no more than £650 that have been decorated by local artists. The decorated bonnets will feature in a public exhibition in the Winter Garden throughout August.

My Studio

My wife Lynsey is also a graphic designer, so it made sense to create our own studio in our cellar.

We each have our own side that reflects our personalities; I’ve got a brick-effect wall with a neon Goo sign and some of my prints on the walls. There’s a huge drawing desk, a large format printer and lightbox, which means everything that comes out of Goo Design is produced right there. My commute is only down the stairs, which means I can offer great customer service and be reactive.

Sheffield Wednesday

The first time I went to Hillsborough as a kid and I didn’t have a clue what was happening. The turnstiles cranked loudly, the kop was massive and it smelled of cigarettes.

It takes me back every time, but it’s a shame my son Luka, who’s seven, won’t get to experience it in the same way. I was allowed to go on my own with my mates (there was no way I was going to Bramall Lane with my dad!) and I’ve loved the team ever since. I don’t have a choice anymore, it’s my history.

My Bangers and Cash rally car

I came up with the idea for an art show banger rally a couple of years ago and mentioned it to my mate Richard Eyre, who works for Sheffield Council. He subsequently contacted Bex Staden of Becks & Co., who project managed the Herd of Sheffield campaign, and we put the wheels in motion, so to speak. When most of my mates decided they wanted to be on my team I had to give up my dream of arriving in Monte Carlo in a Mercedes and opt for a Renault Scenic to fit them all in. The car is special not just because we’ve worked on it together, but because Sheffield Wednesday are sponsoring it. It’s one of my favourite things because it’s a Wednesday car - who else can say they’ve got one of those? Plus, let’s face it, it’s the only way Wednesday are getting into Europe.

The Fat Cat

Kelham Island reminds me of being a kid as I used to go down there on the bus with my granddad, who was a steel worker. I love the industrial feel and I’ve always drunk in the Fat Cat with my mates. Duncan, the manager, recently asked if I’d paint my Fat Cat design as a mural on the side of the pub. I jumped at the chance of making my mark on one of the most popular pubs in the city. The only downside? I was scared of heights - which turned out to be nothing three days going up and down on a scissor lift couldn’t fix.

Surprise View, Peak District

I love being in the countryside and I’ve always gone walking with my parents. Every time I drive round the corner to Surprise View I feel like someone opens a stage curtain and presents this stunning picture they’ve painted for you to admire. On a clear day you can see Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and the whole Hope Valley - adventure awaits!


Mosborough is my village and there’s no place like home. I’m not religious but our family christenings, marriages and funerals have all been at St Mark’s Church, which is part of the centre of my community. And I love Tony’s chip shop on Chapel Street. It’s on the edge of Derbyshire too so we were always playing in Eckington woods. I think it’s an underrated part of Sheffield.