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17th October, 2014

PDA member wins The Great North Art Show Trustees Prize for best painting in the show

One of our Sheffield-based members has received award-winning recognition at the 2014 Great North Art Show.

Narrative artist Sarah Sharpe’s exploration of the orphan child Jane Eyre, entitled ‘The Red Room’ was given the ‘Best in show’ title.

Held in Ripon Cathedral, The Great North Art Show is an annual exhibition of contemporary art featuring around 50 painters, etchers, printmakers and photographers.

Speaking of her success, Sarah, who is also a long-standing member of Peak District Artisans, explained: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this recognition for a series of paintings that emerged from a set of etchings which I first created exploring the significance of Jane’s doll.

“This work is my interpretation of a very lonely, motherless child; emotionally neglected and who very much has to rely on her own inner resources to survive. Jane does survive, but not without being marked psychologically.”

The judges comments include: “A deeply felt and meditative painting in a tradition that goes back through Cecil Collins and Craigie Aichison. All essential detail stripped away letting the sombre colour and apparently simple form carry the force of the image”.

The Great North Art Show runs to September 21st. All artwork is for sale, entry is free – open seven days a week (9.30am – 4.30pm

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