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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.

Memoria Technica – Memory Rope Making with Des Pawson + Joanna Whittle

Sat. 31 July 2021

Site Gallery

Join knot expert and ropemaker Des Pawson and artist Joanna Whittle to create Memory Ropes and explore the ritual of remembering in a response to recent times.

Reclaiming the Rainbow Photo Challenge

Mon. 21 June 2021 — Sun. 1 August 2021

A new photo challenge organised by Andro and Eve, aimed at increasing the visibility of the South Yorkshire LGBTQ+ community.

Curator Tour: The Sheffield Project

Wed. 4 August 2021

Weston Park Museum

Discover more about The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City in this special tour. Led by the exhibition’s co-curator Matthew Conduit, former director of the Untitled Gallery (now Site Gallery).

Free Digital Art Workshops

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

This summer, Site Gallery and Kollective Kitchen are taking part in Sheffield Healthy Holidays, a citywide initiative offering free activities and healthy lunches for young people who qualify for free school meals.

Platform 20: Heavy Water – in-conversation with Maud Haya-Baviera, Joanna Whittle + Victoria Lucas

Tue. 10 August 2021

Join Angelica Sule, Programme Director at Site Gallery, for an online panel discussion with artists Maud Haya-Baviera, Joanna Whittle and Victoria Lucas.

Saturday Workshop: Drawing from Nature

Sat. 14 August 2021

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Join award-winning artist Paul Evans for a day of drawing from natural environment surrounding Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.

Platform 20

Tue. 27 July 2021 — Sun. 22 August 2021

Platform 20 features the work of five Sheffield-based artists: James Clarkson, Maud Haya-Baviera, Victoria Lucas, Conor Rogers and Joanna Whittle. Taking place at Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace and Bloc Projects. Come back soon for our review.

Sheffield Museums Live: Spotlight on Asian Metalwork from the V&A Museum

Wed. 25 August 2021

Tune in to Sheffield Museums' Facebook page for their next online talk. Members of the V&A Museum’s curatorial team will talk about objects from the V&A’s Asian collection that are currently on display at the Millennium Gallery.

Photomarathon: Sheffield Round Walk

Thu. 1 July 2021 — Tue. 31 August 2021

A photography adventure for all ages. While the main event takes a break for 2021, join in a mini version at your own pace this summer. This time, it’s a special Sheffield Round Walk edition.

Layers by Zoe Genders

Sat. 7 August 2021 — Tue. 31 August 2021

Artcade Gallery, Unit 10 The Forum, 127-129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

A collection of new work from mural artist and paper sculptor Zoe Genders.

Open Up Sheffield

Multiple dates

Open Up Sheffield present two special feature exhibitions at DINA and Dyson Place.

Algomech drop-in family workshop – dance, music, weave

Sat. 4 September 2021

Pitsmoor Scout Hut, 38 Holtwood Road, S4 7BA

Join Algomech for this family-friendly hands-on workshop. Exploring the ‘algorithmic’ arts of weaving, live-coded music and flamenco dancing.

Makers Mill

Sun. 5 September 2021

The Leadmill

An afternoon of arts and craft activities at The Leadmill.

Bears of Sheffield

Mon. 12 July 2021 — Wed. 29 September 2021

The Bears of Sheffield have arrived! Head out on the public arts trail this summer to meet the friendly creatures. They'll be auctioned off to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

John Hoyland: The Last Paintings

Sat. 3 July 2021 — Sun. 10 October 2021

Millennium Gallery

Born in Sheffield, John Hoyland (1934-2011) is regarded as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing, this new exhibition showcases some of the very last works he created.

Earthbound: Contemporary Landscape from the Roberts Institute of Art

Thu. 5 August 2021 — Sun. 31 October 2021

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition investigating our relationship with our environment. With works by contemporary artists including Helen Chadwick, Richard Long, Dan Holdsworth, Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates and Berlinde De Bruyckere.

The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sun. 28 November 2021

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition of work by socially-engaged photographers from the late 1980s and 90s. Capturing a significant turning point in Sheffield's regeneration and reflecting both the hope and hard realities of the time.