Framed prints - the Dirty Stop Outs series

In November 2020 a local artist joined forces with a local author in a bid to provide the perfect lockdown distraction.

They launched a series of artworks that re-created the magic of four of Sheffield’s most iconic nightspots of recent decades – with help from scores of original punters.

Neil Anderson, author Sheffield's Dirty Stop Outs book series, was searching for ways to help people deal with the constraints of lockdown and was already having a great deal of success sharing free content from his books on Facebook and in the media.

He said: “I put the call out for people to tell me about their favourite venue of yesteryear; I wanted to know what made it particularly special; the fashions people wore and the nights that really stood out.

“Even if some of these people were struggling after weeks in lockdown you almost felt as though you’d flicked a switch as people started reminiscing – their whole demeanor changed as they started re-living those days.”

Neil Anderson enlisted the talents of local artist Alan Pennington to turn decades old memories into re-imagined artworks that truly captured the magic of four venues: King Mojo (1964-1967), the Fiesta (1970-1980), the Limit (1978-1991) and the Roxy which ran from the mid-1980s until the late 1990s.

In May 2021 - following scores of requests - two of the city's most iconic rock venues were added to the collection.