Documenting Sheffield's history: Joe Scarborough – Life in the Big Village

As a miner, Joe Scarborough found his inspiration in the colour and light above ground. This summer, he will be showcasing over 60 of his nostalgic paintings and drawings at the Weston Park Museum in Sheffield, documenting a glorious career that has spanned five decades.

The exhibition, Joe Scarborough – Life in the Big Village, illustrates a love affair with the 'Steel City’, which has been brought to life in paint since selling his first artwork “for a fiver”. Joe adds: “From the start of my career my paintings have been inspired by Sheffield and the people who live here. I’ve always seen the city as my native village – from the local pubs and parks to places where people work and live.”

The exhibition will run until Sunday 24th November and entry is free.

More about Joe

Since his first exhibition in 1973, Joe has seen his work displayed in private homes and public galleries across the world. In 2008, he was awarded a star on Sheffield’s ‘Walk of Fame’.

He has also been commissioned to paint many famous Sheffield landmarks, including the University of Sheffield, the National Emergency Services Museum and the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

You can see a selection of his works at our Meadowhall gallery, or find out more about him here

"We’re absolutely delighted to be celebrating Joe Scarborough and his work at Weston Park Museum. His paintings are a real love letter to Sheffield and its people."

Liz Waring

Curator of Visual Art at Museums Sheffield

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Former coal miner Joe Scarborough brings a sense of theatre to his vibrant pieces, which are inspired by Impressionism and the drama of real life. We are delighted to release his collection of hand-varnished artworks online and in selected galleries.

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