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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.

As Small As Eyes: Mariette Moor, Krystle Patel, Orsola Zane

Fri. 19 January 2024 — Sat. 2 March 2024

Bloc Projects

A collaborative project born out of the artists' shared interest in octopuses. Using video, sound, performative writing and kinetic sculpture to investigate more-than-human ways of being, in our hyper-individualistic, overcrowded world.

Radical – The Chartist Women of Sheffield

Sat. 2 March 2024 — Sun. 3 March 2024

Sheffield General Cemetery

An exhibition and film about the pioneering working class women who set up Sheffield's Women’s Rights Association – who put together the first petition for women’s suffrage in 1851. Plus a Saturday afternoon talk from the creators.

Oak Park to Meadow View – Sean Williams

Sat. 10 February 2024 — Sat. 9 March 2024

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of paintings from where the real meets the unreal, based on an imagined walk around the edges of a fictional English town.

Evening Workshop: Banner Making for International Women’s Day

Wed. 13 March 2024

Millennium Gallery

Join artist Tina Ramos Ekongo to create and decorate your own banner for International Women’s Day 2024, inspired by campaigners for women's and girls' rights.

Sun is Out by Semi Precious & Yasmin Vardi

Fri. 15 March 2024 — Sun. 17 March 2024

GLOAM Gallery

A weekend exhibition of audio-visual works by musician Semi Precious in collaboration with artist Yasmin Vardi. Exploring bedroom production in connection with queer perspectives. With a special opening night screening and artist talk.

Where the Red Kite Flies

Wed. 31 January 2024 — Fri. 22 March 2024

Ron Johnson Research Room, Geography and Planning Building, The University of Sheffield, S10 2TN

A photo exhibition based on the young people that have and continue to grow up at and around the Lammas Tir-y-Gafel Eco Village in West Wales. From photographer Amanda Jackson and environmental geography professor Jenny Pickerill.


Thu. 29 February 2024 — Sun. 31 March 2024

J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, 260 Abbey Lane, S7 2QZ

A wind-powered sculpture in Ecclesall Woods, inviting us to reflect on conflicting emotions we deal with personally, socially and in our relationship to the natural world. From Sheffield-based artist Christopher Jarratt.

Sheffield Ceramics Festival

Sat. 6 April 2024 — Sun. 7 April 2024

Kelham Island Museum

Browse the wares of around 50 ceramic artists, potters and sculptors from South Yorkshire and beyond.

Makers Mill Art Fair

Sun. 28 April 2024

The Leadmill

An afternoon of creativity and inspiration, with stalls and workshops celebrating local art and crafts talent.

Open Up Sheffield

Multiple dates

Sheffield's huge annual artists' open studios event. The open call for artists for 2024 is open 1 October–31 January.

Ways of Water

Thu. 15 February 2024 — Sun. 12 May 2024

Millennium Gallery

An immersive exhibition from artist duo Matterlurgy exploring how our lives intertwine with our local water infrastructure – from historic wells to expansive reservoirs.


Thu. 22 February 2024 — Sat. 18 May 2024

Soft Ground

An exhibition and events programme by Sheffield-based artist Ashley Holmes, exploring the relationship between landscapes, music and belonging.

False Note

Thu. 7 March 2024 — Sun. 26 May 2024

Site Gallery

An exhibition of films by Freya Dooley on themes of replacement, communication and dishonesty. Accompanied by family-friendly events, workshops and a closing music performance.

LAND Photographs by Matthew Conduit

Tue. 2 January 2024 — Sat. 15 June 2024

Graves Gallery

Post-industrial landscapes, expressing the Sheffield-based artist's ideas about place, time, context and history.

It’s All a Show: Fairground Showmen, Identity and Mental Health

Mon. 5 February 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

Western Bank Library

An exhibition exploring what it means to be a showman in the 21st century. With interviews, photographs, poems and archive records looking at the relationship between identity and mental health in the community.

Phlegm: Pandemic Diary

Sat. 13 January 2024 — Sun. 7 July 2024

Millennium Gallery

Pen and ink observations of daily life in lockdown during Covid-19, from artist Phlegm.

City of Rivers

Fri. 24 November 2023 — Sun. 3 November 2024

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition of stories, objects, artwork, film and photography chronicling Sheffield's relationship with its waterways.

The Ruskin Collection: Hand, Head and Heart

Sat. 9 December 2023 — Sun. 1 December 2024

Millennium Gallery

A display about the positive power of making by hand. Including a new memorial quilt commemorating Terry Higgins, the first named person in the UK to die of an AIDS-related illness, on public display for the first time.

Portraiture and the Human Figure

Thu. 16 March 2023 — Sun. 8 December 2024

Graves Gallery

“A celebration of being, making and looking.” Read our writer Wemmy's review of this inspiring exhibition full of love letters to bodies.