‘Business and Benefaction: the colourful life of Sheffield artist Annie Bindon Carter’

On Thursday 15 September 2016 the Alumni Relations team welcomed local Sheffield alumni to a drinks reception at the Western Bank Library to showcase its latest exhibition ‘Business and Benefaction: the colourful life of Sheffield artist Annie Bindon Carter’.

The exhibition was curated by Jacky Hodgson and her team from the University’s Special Collections Archive, in partnership with staff of Sheffield Archives, Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University Library, and has been included as part of Sheffield’s ‘Year of Making 2016’ activities.

The exhibition focuses on Sheffield artist and businesswoman Annie Bindon Carter who transformed the lives of ex-servicemen returning from the trenches of the First World War with horrific injuries, by employing them to decorate fabrics and to help build a successful business, giving them back their self-esteem, and putting them into full paid employment.

Annie Bindon Carter exhibition

Carter also aided the intellectual development of the students of the University of Sheffield by donating the sum of £1,000 to the Library, specifically for the purchase of beautiful artists’ books to inspire and engage interest outside of the curriculum.

On display are costumes, fabrics and designs from the company, alongside examples of the private press books bought from her donation.

Alumni enjoyed a tour of the exhibition and heard from Claire Rundström, Head of Alumni Relations, Anne Horn, Director of Library Services & University Librarian, and Jacky Hodgson, Head of Special Collections. The event provided an excellent opportunity to meet and mix with fellow alumni living in the Sheffield area.

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Annie Bindon Carter exhibition

Annie Bindon Carter exhibition

Annie Bindon Carter exhibition

Anne Horn, Director of Library Services & University Librarian