Who's art is on display?

Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett

Website: http://danielbarnett.org.uk/

Daniel Barnett was born in Rotherham and his family live in Clifton. He was a talented artist from an early age, but passed away in May 2010 after five years of battling cancer. His passion for art helped him to cope with his illness and he also worked hard to raise awareness of teenage cancer causes. Daniel's parents John and Diane are thrilled that his work will be in the exhibition. Diane says: "The idea of showing the artwork in the town where everyone can enjoy it is absolutely fantastic and it will be amazing to see Daniel's pictures on display. He loved creating them it was what kept him going when he was ill." In 2008 Daniel received the Princess Diana Award for the ability to improve and inspire the lives of others. He also received an outstanding Achievement Award and was awarded the role of Ambassador of Rotherham. He then gained an A grade in Art and excellent GCSE qualifications. Whilst he was still at school Daniel was diagnosed with kidney failure, but was determined to continue his studies at Thomas Rotherham College. After only a few months Daniel had a relapse with his cancer, which had spread to his lungs. Despite having to undergo both dialysis and chemotherapy he continued to produce high quality art work and achieved an A grade in A-level Art. Daniel went on to study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at Rotherham College of Arts & Technology. Despite his deteriorating health, Daniel produced a portfolio of artwork that gained him a place at Goldsmiths University London. Sadly he died on 21st May 2010 at the age of 19 before he had the opportunity to take it up. However, he was able to achieve a lifetime's ambition that year when he was invited to exhibit his work at Christies auction house in London. Daniel and his family and friends have dedicated their spare time to helping others with the disease and have undertaken extensive fundraising for a number of charities.