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

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.

She also aided the intellectual development of the students of our University 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 that donation.

Annie Bindon Carter was one of Sheffield’s great philanthropic entrepreneurs, whose benefaction to the City and the University should not be forgotten.

This exhibition would not have been possible without the co-operation and enthusiasm of the staff of Sheffield Archives, Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University Library.

We have joined with our three partners to celebrate the creative heritage of the City of Sheffield as part of the wider cultural event, Sheffield’s ‘Year of Making 2016’.

Monday 18th April 2016 - Sunday 9th October 2016

Monday-Friday 9am to 7pm

Saturday 12pm to 6pm

Sunday 24th April - 12th June and 25th September - 9th October, 12pm to 6pm

(exceptions: Monday 2nd and 30th May and 29th August, 9am to 5pm)


Annie Bindon Carter