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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Sean Williams

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you...
Hi, I’m Sean. My favourite thing in the world is to spend a day watching cricket, armed with a stack of cheese butties and some cake.

I’m a painter based at Bloc Studios in Sheffield city centre. It’s a wonderful place to be. I also organise group art exhibitions in as wide a range of venues as possible.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
I love the people of Sheffield. I lived here for nearly 30 years now and have been lucky to meet so many amazing people – really warm, generous and funny. There is so much creative talent here too.

I’m sports-mad and Sheffield is a great sports city – football, ice hockey, speedway, rugby league – fantastic!

What’s your favourite place in Sheffield?
It has to be Sheffield Arena. The atmosphere on a hockey night is incredible, especially when the Nottingham Panthers come to town. Abbeydale Park in summer comes a close second.

What would you do to improve the city?
Sheffield is well-served for galleries, but if I could be really greedy I’d love to see a few more venues for pop-up shows and experimental projects.

Latest contributions

The Social

A calm, welcoming refuge for art and creativity on Snig Hill. Run by the folks at Yes2Ventures, who provide work and training opportunities for disadvantaged people. Also a space for local beers, food, crafts and information on welfare and wellbeing.

Places in Time: The Art of Kenneth Steel

Fri. 17 December 2021 — Mon. 2 May 2022

Weston Park Museum

A voyage through an extraordinarily creative life. Featuring engravings, watercolours, railway poster designs and abstract oil paintings from a relatively little-known Sheffield artist. Read our review by Sean Williams.

Platform 20

Tue. 27 July 2021 — Sun. 22 August 2021

Platform 20 brings together exhibitions by five Sheffield-based artists: James Clarkson, Conor Rogers, Maud Haya-Baviera, Victoria Lucas and Joanna Whittle. At Bloc Projects, Yorkshire Artspace and Site Gallery. Read our review.

Fronteer Gallery

An artist-run showcase for contemporary art in Castlegate. Fronteer offers space to display, view and buy original artwork in a welcoming environment. Look out for upcoming exhibitions.