Get to know some of the community of artists and makers who are based at Yorkshire Artspace's two sites, and who are continuing Sheffield’s proud tradition of making.
Meet the Locals
Our interviews with some of the creative folk who happily call Sheffield home. Get to know local artists, musicians, makers, designers, poets, brewers, and more.
An artist repurposing old technology and “toxic garbage” to create playful and playable forms of documentary – using art and gaming to process ideas around emotion, trans experiences and the self.
A collective of artists with learning disabilities.
An artist whose work uncovers hidden histories and connect past figures with autobiography – currently exploring the Sheffield legacy of writer, poet, activist and socialist Edward Carpenter (1844-1929).
At social enterprise Bright Box Makerspace, Kisha creates playful spaces to explore tech, engineering and arts. Getting kids curious and confident to try new things.
A background in philosophy and archeology and a love of climbing inform Paul's art practice.
An artist and filmmaker, exploring race, identity and ‘othering’, and challenging commonly accepted narratives of past, present and future.
An artist based at Bloc, whose practice references the feminine and sees seeming irreverence jostle with political poignance.
Bus stops, tram tracks, alleyways. Andy Cropper takes these ordinary, unremarkable, utilitarian places – the sorts of places we pass every day – and turns them into quietly, almost eerily beautiful oil paintings.
Working with textiles, electronics and computer art, Toni is an artist who brings the traditional and the progressive into dialogue to create something entirely new.
Site Gallery's brand new Artistic Director introduces herself, tells us about Site's exciting 40th birthday plans, and shares her love of barges.
A painter and printmaker capturing the essence of the area around Long Island, an overlooked part of Sheffield at the core of this city's rich history.
A sculptor working with wire, welding and weaving it into ethereal forms and bringing in light and sound to create immersive installations.
An artist-filmmaker investigating the histories of post-industrial cities and amplifying voices that have traditionally been silenced.
A curious, enthusiastic and creative collective of 14-to-19-year-olds, chatting, making and curating art from their Site Gallery base.
An artist with a multitude of interests – music, film, visual arts, archiving – investigating social and political histories, and exploring the ways that stories of Black people in Britain are told.
If you've spent a decent amount of time in Sheffield, chances are you'll have come across, and come to love, the work of graffiti artist-musician-printmaker Kid Acne in one form or another.
A master doodler, Geo creates work with "plenty of colour, character and narrative to sink your eyes into".
Working at her huge dobby loom, Seiko creates yarn sculptures inspired by nature that are full of calm and beauty.
A firm fixture on Sheffield's poetry scene, weaving the ills of society and its oppression within each word and unravelling the personal-political.
A polymath artist whose playful work tests and disrupts the ways that we understand art.
Lucy Vann is an artist preoccupied with small-scale weirdness and the surreally mundane. From her studio in S1 Artspace she works with video, sculpture, performance and installation.
Introducing John Hoyland (1934-2011), the Sheffield-born abstract painter now championed by Damien Hirst.
An artist whose work is both politicised and playful, drawing on a sense of not quite belonging to create something multi-layered, sensory and often collaborative.
A graphic artist whose large-scale geometric murals invite interaction and inject a shot of vibrancy into the city.
Peter Martin is an artist and S1 Artspace studio holder. As well as his own video-based art practice, he is involved in a number of projects in Sheffield – each connected by the desire to do good through creativity.
A loveable and inky t-shirted aquatint pro, working in the most incredible studio we've ever stepped foot in.
An artist working with clay to capture organic textures and movements in abstract sculptures and vessels.
An illustrator with a clear love for nature, whose pen-and-pencil world is full of trees, houses and landscapes all captured with charm and warmth.
One of the most distinctive illustrators in town, with a back catalogue of creepy creatures and writhing skulls.
A creator of photography, film and performance art exploring glamour and gilded architecture, and asking audiences to reflect on entertainment and the ways in which women display themselves.
Capturing stories of cities in paint.
Donna finds inspiration in "big winter skies" for her giant canvases of dark landscapes.
A community of over 800 creative members, sharing inspiration, pooling ideas, and nurturing collaboration.
For his recent screen printing project, The Plant Room, Peter spent the summer gathering inspiration in community gardens.
In her monochrome embroideries, Roanna substitutes people with stitches to create stunning, often dramatic, new perspectives on human gatherings. Crowds never looked so pleasing.
An artist working across performance, writing, drawing, video, and photography, aiming to ask questions about the world in a sensory, open and poetic way.
A linocut printmaker with a love of donkeys, dinosaurs and views of Sheffield.
An indie games studio founded by brothers Jon, Michael and James Brown, responsible for creating the hilariously silly Gang Beasts.
An artist painting people caught in moments of tenderness and silence.
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