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Community Projects

 Isabel has been active in the Art scene in Sheffield for 40 years.

 

With Eric Gregory, she started the Hallam Art Group in  Lodge Moor, which was an area that was rapidly expanding to form a thriving and active community.  The Hallam Art Group has gone on to become a large and prestigious group, with 70 members who hold several exhibitions every year.

Isabel started the Great Sheffield Art Show in 1988, with her husband, Graham. This was, and still is a huge exhibition at the University’s Octagon Centre. 1400 paintings by both amateurs and professionals are shown every year. Many artistic careers have been launched at this exhibition.

In 1992, the year of the World Student games, Isabel produced, with the help of 60 needleworkers, the Hallamshire hanging, a huge wall hanging with each individual square representing the maker’s favourite ‘patch.

Until recently, this has hung in the foyer of the Hallamshire Hospital.

In 1995, Isabel was commissioned by the newly opened Jessops Wing of the Hallamshire Hospital, to produce a hanging to commemorate the Hospital. This was started via the press, who invited participants who had a connection with the hospital, to produce a piece for it. Isabel co-ordinated the project which became known as the ‘Circle of Life’ The response from the public was such that two hangings were made.

Isabel has been a volunteer for Samaritans for many years, and to raise funds for them, a group was set up called Ten Artists, a group of ten well known artists who each exhibit ten paintings every year. Up to 2014, after 18 years of exhibiting annually, £27,000 has been raised for the Charity.

Hallam

Art Group

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