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Saturday 31st March -

Tuesday 17th April


A celebration event for the end of the first year of a project focusing on Sheffield’s Painted Fabrics Company which was set up in the aftermath of the First World War to provide retraining and employment for service personnel.   

An exhibition inspired by Painted Fabrics, HOME AND WORKPLACE FOR DISABLED VETERANS 1918-1959 

Created by the Artists as part of the WEA Painted Fabrics Project: The Story of Painted Fabrics Ltd

At The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4H


Saturday 31st March to Tuesday 17th April (closed easter Monday)

Preview Thursday 29th March 4-6pm- everyone welcome

(Refresments provided)


Exhibition & Café Opening Times

Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Background to the project:     

WEA were awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and additional support from Sheffield Town Trust to explore Sheffield’s Painted Fabrics story through heritage and creative learning.

The 2-year project will focus on Sheffield’s Painted Fabrics Ltd, providing opportunities for people to learn about Painted Fabrics, develop heritage skills and respond to the story through writing, painting, drama, textiles and other art forms. The project will also carry out essential conservation work and to create a digitised photographic archive of the Painted Fabrics collection held by Museums Sheffield allowing on-line public access to the collections for the first time.  

There will be opportunities from 2018 for more people to get involved in the project - watch this space!

Meanwhile, we would like to hear from anyone who has information or materials relating to Painted Fabrics to help us understand this fascinating story.


Project partners include Sheffield Hallam University, The Art House, WEA and Ignite Imaginations.

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