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From 12:00pm to 16:00pm
Sale of paintings by Joyce Spurr, Artist, aged 97. Channing Hall entrance is between Bird's Opticians and Taylor-Taylor Hairdressing.
Joyce Spurr is 97 years young and lives in Sheffield. She has spent a lifetime painting a range of subjects including portraits, Sheffield scenes and many locations around the UK and Europe. During her working lifetime Joyce was Deputy Head of Sheffield City Libraries, Commerce, Science and Technology Department and in 1958 became Head of Information Services at the United Steel Companies Research and Development Department, Swinden Laboratories, Moorgate, Rotherham until her retirement in 1986. She was on duty at the Sheffield City Libraries at the time of the Sheffield Blitz and later painted a picture of a burning tram on The Moor. This picture is now in the Sheffield Museums collection and also some of her other paintings showing Sheffield Industrial scenes.
Joyce’s story appears in Neil Anderson’s book ` The Forgotten Blitz’ (chapter 12).
Joyce also served for four years during World War II with the British Army in Egypt as a wireless operator sending messages to Bletchley Park in the UK.
Joyce, who is sadly now almost blind, moved to a residential home in May 2018. Her friends Steve and Rita along with Joyce’s long standing friend, Sheila Pantry OBE rescued all Joyce’s art works. These sales have enabled Joyce’s work to be purchased by her neighbours and friends and her art world acquaintances. Joyce has a passion for art wants her work to be enjoyed by others.
Joyce painted a portrait of Enid Hattersley in 1976, who was then chair of Sheffield Libraries Arts Committee (Later Lord Mayor in 1981) It was posed for The Graves Art Group when Joyce was a member. Joyce has recently donated this portrait to Museums Sheffield.