In Praise of Isobel

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Sheffield Cultural Consortium would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Isobel Bowler.

Isobel was a great friend and champion of art and culture; her understanding of Sheffield and her passion and commitment to culture inspired us all to share her deep love of our city. Sheffield will miss her.

Since the formation of the Consortium in 2012 we were fortunate indeed to have a champion for our work and vision in Isobel when she became Cabinet Member within the council with Culture as part of her portfolio.

Isobel’s dedication and intellect were powerful weapons that she used to fight for the rights of every child, every person and every part of the city to have access and experience the aspiration and joy of our cultural assets.

In difficult times she was our beacon, in times of joy she was our friend and companion and in times of sorrow she was our rock. Through her sheer joy in taking part in the event calendar that the city had to offer from dancing with Sister Sledge at Tramlines, to taking part in lively debates at Doc/Fest, attending the theatre or exhibition openings, or indeed her incredible knowledge of art, heritage and culture in the city, her passion was astounding.

We would like to thank Isobel for the sharing of our passion and to join with others in sending our thoughts to her husband Richard and daughter Mary and her friends and colleagues in the City – “for it is such a mysterious place, the land of tears…”

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Chair of Sheffield Cultural Consortium

Arts Council England would like to pass on our sincere condolences to family and friends of Isobel Bowler. Isobel was a true champion for arts and culture and really understood their transformative power to make communities better places to live. She worked tirelessly in Sheffield to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to benefit from the rich culture that the city offers. We at Arts Council England counted her as a friend and ally with whom it was always a great pleasure to work. We will all miss her a great deal.

Pete Massey – July 2016

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