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Glennis Brierley exhibition: Art by woman killed by son on show

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Image caption Glennis Brierley was a "firm part of Rochdale's art scene"

An exhibition celebrating the work of an artist stabbed to death by her son has gone on show in Greater Manchester.

Glennis Brierley, 64, was killed at her Littleborough home in 2013 during a row with Matthew Brierley, who has paranoid schizophrenia.

The 45 year old was detained in August after admitting manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

Celebrating A Creative Life, at Touchstones Rochdale, was put together by her family and artist friends.

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Image caption The exhibition was put together by Ms Brierley's family and ImagEngine artists
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Image caption Ms Brierley taught at Hopwood Hall College
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Image caption Her work is on show at Touchstones Rochdale

'Tangible reminder'

The exhibition collates paintings, drawings, embroideries and mixed media work, some of which were completed just before her death.

Ms Brierley taught at Hopwood Hall College from the 1980s until 1997 and was part of an artists cooperative known as ImagEngine. She later worked as a psychotherapist.

Yvonne Hardman from Touchstones Rochdale said she was a firm part of Rochdale's art scene and had been very influential in the artistic development of those she taught.

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Image caption Her partner said her artwork was "at least a tangible reminder of her lively, lived creativity"
Image copyright Glennis Brierley
Image caption Money from the sale of some of her work will go towards establishing the Glennis Brierley Memorial Prize
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Image caption The exhibition is on until 30 May

Her partner Francis Taylor said she had a "creative attitude to everything in her life" and her creative energy was "sadly missed".

"Her artwork is at least a tangible reminder of her lively, lived creativity."

The exhibition is on display until 30 May.

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