I have been drawing and painting from a very young age, but my career really started when I went to the Faculty of Art and Design, Sheffield Polytechnic, for a one year Foundation course in 1979. After this I then successfully completed a three year painting degree and obtained a BA Honours Degree, Painting and Print-making. Since then I have continued painting and drawing and have had exhibitions in numerous places throughout the UK. I have also had works purchased by several art galleries, and have appeared in a number of catalogues.

Name: Val Robinson

Address: 167 Causeway Head Road, Dore, Sheffield, S17 3DY

Telephone: 0114 236 6592

Date of Birth: 19th October 1944

Marital Status: Married with 3 adult children


1979-80 Foundation Course, Faculty of Art and Design, Sheffield Polytechnic.

1980 Awarded Wilkinson Prize for Most Promising Student.

1980-83 BA Honours Degree Course, Painting and Print-making, Sheffield Polytechnic.


1983 – present Practising Artist and Housewife.

1983 – 1990 Evening class tutor, Boroughbridge High School – painting and drawing class, teaching age range 14 years to 85 years. During the 6 year period I encouraged several students to take full-time courses at Art College, two of whom were mature women with children. All of the students were accepted onto full-time foundation courses on the basis of their portfolio prepared in my evening class.

1989 – 1990 Part-time art tutor in Full Sutton top security prison.

1985 Harrogate Art College teaching Pre-foundation students two days per week.

1991 Workshop at Leeds City Art Gallery.

1992 Workshop at Coventry Art Gallery.

1992 Workshop at Shiregreen College, Sheffield.

1993 Workshop at Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.

1994 Workshop at Airedale & Wharfedale College, Leeds.

1995 Workshop at Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax.

1995 Workshop in Manchester, Vermont, USA.


1980 One-person show in Edward Mayer Art Gallery, Sheffield.

1983 - 1984 Tyne Tees Northern Open touring exhibition, showed in Sunderland, Carlisle, Ashington, Scarborough and Harrogate. Two paintings: “Visiting Grandma” 40? x 60?, and “Oh No! Not Another Dinner Party” 40? x 60?.

1984 Sheffield National Open. Mappin Art Gallery “Tea with the Robinsons” 60? x 49?.

1984 Wakefield Open. “Friends in a Tea Room” 48? x 48?.

1984 Wakefield Art Gallery. Highly commended Winners Exhibition. “The Drinkers” 20? x 30?.

1984 Party Pieces. One-person exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Harrogate.

1985 Sheffield National Open. Two paintings: “Us and Them” 46? x 46?, and “Eating Fish and Chips” 60? x 40?.

1985 Party Pieces. One-person exhibition, Crescent Art Gallery, Scarborough.

1985 Party Pieces. One-person exhibition, Harrogate Art Gallery.

1985 Tyne Tees Northern Open. Third prize winner with two paintings: “Eating Fish and Chips” 60? x 40?, and “Another Boring Day” 100? x 60?.

1985 Portraits North. “Us and Them” 46? x 46?.

1985 Two group exhibitions, St. Paul’s Gallery, Leeds.

1986 Confederation of British Industries. Group exhibition. “I like Stripes” 100? x 60?.

1986 Harrogate Arts Festival. Group exhibition. “Myself at Forty” 100? x 60?.

1986 Mappin National Open. “Home from School” 48? x 60?.

1987 Wakefield Open. “Toad in the Hole” 48? x 60?.

1987 Recent Paintings. Two-person exhibition, Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley.

1987 Mappin National Open. “The Sunbathers” 140? x 70?.

1988 Still Life. One-person exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Harrogate.

1988 TheWedding. Group touring exhibition organised by the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, showed at Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield; Castle Museum, Nottingham; City Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent; City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Oldham Art Gallery. “The Yellow Slipper” 100? x 60?.

1989 Recent Paintings. One-person exhibition Southill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell.

1989 Faces of Britain. British Council touring exhibition. To be shown in Peking, Shanghai, Guangdong, Hong Kong, but subsequently cancelled. “Big Mother” 100? x 60?.

1989 Images of Women. Leeds City Art Gallery. “Self Portrait” 48? x 60?.

1990 Now for the Future. Arts Council Exhibition, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.

1991 Painting with Woman in Mind. One-person exhibition, Leeds City Art Gallery.

1991 Still Life. One-person exhibition, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.

1991 Olympia Art Fair.

1991 Contemporary Arts Society. Art Market, Covent Garden, London.

1991 Art in the North. Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax. Group exhibition organised by the “Green Book” magazine.

1993 Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield. One-person exhibition.

1994 An Interior Life. Bury Art Gallery & Museum. One-person exhibition.


Arts Council for Great Britain. “Big Mother” 100? x 60?.

Leeds City Art Gallery. “Mother Courage” 72? x 60?.

Dean Clough Art Gallery. “Portrait of a Housewife” 60? x 48?.

Bury Art Gallery. “Early Morning” 60? x 60?; “The White Tablecloth” 72? x 60?. Both paintings were purchased by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Mercer Gallery, Harrogate. “Still Life Fragment, Pots and Stems” 24? x 26?.

Sheffield City Education Department Lending Service. “Still Life with Daffodils” 28? x 30?.

Leeds City Education Department Lending Service.

“Fish Supper” 48? x 48?.

“Girls Night Out” 48? x 48?.

“Thoughts” 48? x 48?.

“Boy with a Gun” 20? x 30?.

“Homework” 20? x 30?.


Arts Council Collection.

Faces of Britain 1989.

Tyne Tees Northern Open 1983.

Tyne Tees Northern Open 1985.

The Wedding 1988.

Images of Women 1989.

Painting with Woman in Mind 1991.