Set amongst the impressive Picturing Sheffield exhibition at Weston Park Museum, Rivelin Valley Artists is a collection celebrating the work of a selection of amateur and professional artists local to the area. The display is comprised of 14 paintings which depict the landscape of Rivelin Valley in the 1920s.
Collected by broadcaster and passionate environmentalist Chris Baines, the display features work from his late grandfather Ben Baines, as well as other Sheffield-based artists including W. R. E. Goodrich, Robert Scott-Temple and Vernon Edmonds.
Rivelin Valley Artists captures the stunning countryside which surrounds the once-heavily industrialised city of Sheffield. Scenes of undulating hills, stone cottages, trickling streams and leafy trails are depicted in a realistic style. The quaint, autumnal paintings are an alternative selection to the slightly more abstract, industrial paintings which make up the rest of the exhibition.
Although now known as a great place to go for a country Sunday walk and for its spectacular scenery, the Rivelin Valley was once home to a number of mills and forges which were a vital component of Sheffield’s past. In fact, you can listen to the words of a mill worker at the exhibition and traverse along the wooded river and into a mill to see and hear for yourself how the valley operated in the 1800s.
Though the mills and forges are long gone, the water which was so crucial to the industrial practices still flows. The Rivelin Valley Conservation Group and Yorkshire Water have successfully maintained the beauty that the Rivelin Valley art collection captured in the 1920s, and which can still be captured today.
Picturing Sheffield: Rivelin Valley Artists is on display until Saturday 26 November 2017.
Painting: Ben Baines, Nevercut Mill, Rivelin Glen, 1923