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Ali’s art supports our patient care

Works by Sheffield artist Ali Douglas are going on sale in support of St Luke’s at the famous Cupola Gallery Under the Bed sale.

Ali was a patient at St Luke’s before her death from a brain tumour and it is in memory of the care she received that son Gavin is putting around forty of her pieces up for sale to raise funds for our patient care.

 “She was a keen artist all her life,” said Gavin. “She had a workshop at Portland Works which she shared with other artists and she used to run art classes for people with learning difficulties.

“She was a teacher and was really popular with her students. They all found her really inspirational. I'd love some of her former students to have some of her art work, as well as her friends.”

Gavin added that St Luke's really helped his mum to deal with her symptoms, and helped the family to enjoy her last few weeks together.

“We made pictures together while she was being cared for at St Luke’s Hospice,” Gavin said.

She was never happy unless she was doing something creative and active - that’s what led to there being so much work left behind; she was always painting.”

Gavin has decided to sell 20 pieces of Ali's work at Hillsborough’s Cupola Gallery during their Under the Bed sale.

A further 20 to 30 of Ali's pieces will be sold online via Facebook, with everyone invited to have a look at the page and buy. Proceeds from all sales will be going to St Luke’s.

Gavin added:  “Mum covered a lot of different types of art, from abstract to life drawing and mixed media. There's also some lino release work and images of nature. She focused a lot on Sheffield heritage because she was Sheffield through and through. 

“I’ve kept some of my favourite pieces and given others to family and friends, but some of her bigger pieces need more space than I have.

“I would ask anyone to have a look at the artwork and buy because it’s being sold for such a good cause.” 

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