Born in Pitsmoor in 1937, Joe Scarborough is one of Sheffield's best-loved artists. He first began to paint after working as a miner and finding his inspiration in the colour and light above ground. After selling his first painting “for a fiver”, Scarborough left the pit and took several labouring jobs that allowed him to paint in the morning and evening. Over the 50 years since, he's affectionately documented Sheffield’s history in glorious technicolour, and for the first time in over 25 years an exhibition will bring together over 60 of his paintings and drawings.
Life in the Big Village will feature works spanning the breadth of Scarborough’s career:
Joe Scarborough says: “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.”