Artistic interpretation

Tim Rouse outside Fagans
Tim Rouse outside Fagans

The work of Sheffield artist Tim Rose will be seen by hundreds of people when it is exhibited at the 24th Great Sheffield Art Show this weekend.

Originally from London, he came to Sheffield in the 1970s to study fine art at Sheffield Polytechnic.

One of the most successful artists of his genre, Tim specialises in architectural watercolours and has exhibited all over the country.

He travels worldwide to capture his subject matter but Sheffield’s ever-changing cityscape holds a special place for him.

Many of his most successful paintings appear on cards and prints. Tim is single and lives on Abbeydale Road.

The Great Sheffield Art Show is set to showcase over 1,500 pieces of art by over 600 artists and is the largest show of its kind in the North of England.

It takes place at Sheffield University’s Octagon Centre tomorrow (Friday 10am – 9pm), Saturday (10am – 6pm) and Sunday (10am – 6pm).

The event is opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, tonight (Thursday) at a special preview evening.

Admission to the Great Sheffield Art Show is £4.50 adults, concessions £4 and free for accompanied children under 16 years of age.

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Many of my favourite places in Sheffield are locations where I paint, one of them is Ringinglow, looking down on to the city to the east. The city is nestled in the valley and the next highest point looking east is the Ural Mountains (so I am told). I have painted this view in morning and evening light throughout the year

As a student I would walk to Ringinglow in the evening and one could hear the forge drop hammer in Attercliffe banging, like the beating heart of the city.

Another favourite place is the Botanical Gardens, where I have walked in the sun admiring the flowers and plants, and painted the old magnolia blossoms and rose gardens. Recently it has become a wonderful venue for concerts and art shows.


I like the new city centre and am impressed with the new image of the city. The view coming out of the railway station, looking up at the city centre announces your arrival to somewhere special. I have a personal project this year and that is to paint pictures of the city centre as if I am a visitor seeing it for the first time. I have several locations from which I am working and find the new views and aspects inspiring.


The Graves Art Gallery on Surrey Street has been a favourite place, where I have been visiting many years and know many of the paintings intimately, my favourite painting being the Vickers Sisters by John Singer Sargent (my favourite artist).

The gallery cafe is a place to retire and reflect, bump into art friends and discuss the merits of pictures over a cup of coffee.

The old Mappin Gallery had a marvellous studio where drawing classes were held and I was a regular weekly visitor, and now I visit the Millennium Galleries to see all the new shows.

I never felt I understood Sheffield until I visited Kelham Island Museum and saw the industrial history in action. It gave me a glimpse into the lives of the people who made Steel City.


I have fond memories from my student days, walking up and down Frog Walk (off Ecclesall Road) There used to be an Indian restaurant on the site of what is now Cafe Rouge. The smell of curry at night used to lift my spirits as I walked home, I still use it as a cut-through to Sharrow Vale Road and once found it literally full of frogs.


I have always loved Sheffield for its many parks and enjoy the walk up from Hunters Bar to Forge Dam cafe and beyond.

I have done this walk through all the seasons and have seen the variety of wildlife, ranging from kingfishers to pheasants.

Sheffield is very green and the parks make it a wonderful place to live. I used to live near Norfolk Park with its views over the city centre which was inspiring.


Sheffield is a ‘happening place’ when it comes to music. I used to play a fiddle in various pubs around the city but now I like to listen to live music, especially in the intimate setting of the back room at Fagan’s on Broad Lane.

There is a fiendish pub quiz on Thursdays and I belong to a team of artists who try their luck, dredging up facts and figures that seemed forgotten.


I live on the edge of Nether Edge and like the area for its cosmopolitan feel and also the range of shops and cafes. It has some impressive houses and views of the city, as well as allotments, bowling greens and parks.

Having the regular farmers’ markets gives it a very strong community element and also a chance to try new products grown in the locality.