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

Art picks

Take a Sheffield art tour with our picks of the exhibitions and artists' events on now and coming soon – both online and in person.

As our city's much-missed galleries reopen, check their visitor guidance – you may need to book in advance.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

The Millowners Arms, Alma Street, S3 8RY

Non-traditional life drawing classes, aiming to spark new ideas through artist inspiration and set design. Join in this spring in Kelham Island.

Pathos + Fulfilment Centre

Fri. 29 April 2022 — Sat. 4 June 2022

Cupola Gallery

Two new exhibitions exploring what it means to be physically and emotionally connected or disconnected with people and our environment. With work by Lee Hardman and Jamie Frost.

Dark Peak Demi Paradise

Fri. 13 May 2022 — Sat. 4 June 2022

Yorkshire Artspace

An exhibition of landscape paintings by Richard Johnson inspired by remote parts of the Peak District, illustrating a journey of grief and healing following a personal tragedy.

Where We Live

Sat. 15 January 2022 — Sun. 5 June 2022

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by Trevor Burgess, Jonathan Hooper, Mandy Payne, Narbi Price and Judith Tucker, examining overlooked and under-regarded aspects of the landscape we inhabit today.

Survey II

Sat. 12 March 2022 — Sun. 5 June 2022

Site Gallery

An exhibition of 10 of the most exciting early-career artists in the UK, as chosen by some of the country's leading artists. Exploring how we relate to each other and the world around us, with photography, sculpture, sound, textile, film and more.

Dog Life Drawing

Wed. 8 June 2022

Coffee Revolution, University of Sheffield Student's Union, Brook Hill Road, S10 2TG

Life drawing with furry models, led by artist Liah Edwardes.

New Dawns / Last Year

Tue. 10 May 2022 — Thu. 9 June 2022

Yorkshire Artspace Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5TR

An exhibition of paintings by Andy Jackson, responding to fly-posters found in the streets of Sheffield during the pandemic.

Engineering Fun: The Story of Orton & Spooner

Mon. 24 January 2022 — Sat. 11 June 2022

Western Bank Library

An exhibition exploring the evolution of fairground rides, architecture and art, and the physics and engineering that went into them. Plus free talks on 10th June on fairground architecture and the research behind thrilling Alton Towers rides.

Workshop: Marks and Traces – Poetry and Art Inspired by the Past

Sat. 18 June 2022

Weston Park Museum

Join poet Abbi Flint and artist Rose Ferraby to create your own response to archaeology from the Bateman Collection, currently on display at Weston Park Museum.

Tour: Not Without My Ghosts

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

A guided tour introducing Millennium Gallery's latest exhibition, Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist as Medium.

Sharing the View: Philosophy in the Gallery

Multiple dates

Graves Gallery

Join with others to enquire into the ideas that emerge when you look at art together. These informal, in-depth discussions draw on the Graves Gallery's collection as a prompt for philosophical enquiry.

Neepsend not Kelham

Wed. 8 June 2022 — Fri. 24 June 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

An exhibition of paintings by Paul Allender inspired by his childhood in Neepsend, just north-west of Sheffield city centre.

Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium

Thu. 31 March 2022 — Sun. 26 June 2022

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of art inspired by the rituals and practices of mediums and spiritualism. Featuring messages from the beyond and artists seeking to escape their sphere of consciousness. Read our review by Steven Allen.

Makers’ Market

Multiple dates

Orchard Square, S1 2FB

Join the folks from Sheffield Creative Guild as they host two Makers’ Markets this spring and summer in Orchard Square. With stalls selling everything from pottery to prints, accessories to audio electronics, as well as family workshops.