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A new exhibition featuring some of the oldest art in Sheffield has opened to the public, marking 170 years of art and design at Sheffield Hallam University.

The University's Sheffield Institute of Arts is holding an exhibition of work by some of its oldest and most successful alumni to commemorate 170 years of art and design at Sheffield Hallam.

Started by artist Benjamin Haydon in 1843, the Sheffield School of Art was originally created to provide skilled designers from the artisan class to support Britain’s industry in its fight against overseas competition. The first few classes were held in a public bath - what is now the Bath Hotel on Victoria Street.

Tim Machin, Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery manager, said: "The exhibition features artwork by our renowned alumni, some of whom include Godfrey Sykes, William Tory, Alfred Tory, Alwyn Carr, Harry Epworth Allen, David Jagger and David Mellor.

"Through artworks and archive material, the exhibition tells the story of the Sheffield School of Art, and celebrates the achievements of the institution, its staff and students over 170 years. It includes paintings, illustrations and metalwork."

The original art school building on Arundel Street, roughly where the University’s Owen Building is today
A sculpture class in the late 19th Century / early 20th Century
Sheffield School of Art alumni Harry Epworth Allen and Frank Saltfleet in Whitby, c1930-5
An anatomy class in the 1940s

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The exhibition runs at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery until Friday 20 December. For more information visit

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