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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Alternate Realities

Thu. 23 June 2022 — Tue. 28 June 2022

Step into the lives of others and explore documentaries in entirely new ways. Alternate Realities is DocFest's exhibition of innovative, immersive and interactive documentaries. With VR experiences, digital games and more.

Printmaking in the Park

Multiple dates

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Have a go at printing with Hillsborough-based artist and printmaker Sam Groom. Pick up skills in drawing, mark making, mono printing, paint and stencils, engraving, design, and stamp printing.

Out & About: Urban Futures Weekend

Sat. 2 July 2022 — Sun. 3 July 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

Explore what the future of our city could look like at this weekend of free family-friendly fun. With architecture tours, print making, trails of the area, and exciting new artworks to discover on the streets of the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ).

Drawing the Human Figure

Multiple dates

The Art House

Over nine weeks, learn how to capture the human form and build your drawing skills.

Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Join Broomhall Life Drawing for relaxed community drawing sessions in Hillsborough Park.

Quayside Market

Multiple dates

Victoria Quays, S2 5SY

A monthly market by the water in the beautiful Victoria Quays. Bringing craft stalls, street food, craft beer and live music to the historic cobbles.

Palfest Sheffield

Tue. 14 June 2022 — Sat. 9 July 2022

A festival of friendship with Palestine. Celebrate Palestinian resilience through culture, with dance performances, film screenings, exhibitions and more.

Wild: Women & Nature + Veiled

Sat. 11 June 2022 — Sat. 9 July 2022

Cupola Gallery

Two exhibitions of paintings of women, by artists with an uncompromising, female gaze. Opening evening Friday 10 June.

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 summer in Kelham Island.

For The Love Of: Photography. Writing. Place.

Wed. 29 June 2022 — Wed. 13 July 2022

A photography and writing project about places you love. With free workshops and an open call for entries for a digital publication.

Craft & Flea

Sat. 16 July 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

A one-day shopping experience in the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral. With more than 50 stalls from some of the best local producers, makers, designers and collectors.

Creative Ways to Draw

Mon. 16 May 2022 — Mon. 18 July 2022

The Art House

A nine-week course, teaching you how to build depth, light and form in your drawing.

Painting the Human Figure

Tue. 17 May 2022 — Tue. 19 July 2022

The Art House

Learn to paint a human form and a portrait in this nine-week course.

Lino Printmaking: Introduction

Wed. 18 May 2022 — Wed. 20 July 2022

The Art House

Learn the basics of lino prints and develop your own style, with course tutor Dave Elsom.

Forging Turner & Other Famous Artists

Wed. 18 May 2022 — Wed. 20 July 2022

The Art House

Join an art historian to learn all about the techniques of painting employed by old and contemporary masters in this nine-week course.

Lino Printmaking: Intermediate

Thu. 19 May 2022 — Thu. 21 July 2022

The Art House

Expand your skills in lino printing at this nine-week course at The Art House.

Framed in Friendship: The Connections that Shaped Sheffield’s Art Collection

Thu. 31 March 2022 — Sat. 23 July 2022

Graves Gallery

An exhibition telling the story of husband and wife artists Stephen Bone and Mary Adshead, and George and Babbie Blomfield. It also shows how other relationships and links with Sheffield have led to valuable contributions to the city’s collection.

Evening Talk: Magid Magid and Chris Saunders in Conversation

Thu. 28 July 2022

Millennium Gallery

Find out about how this iconic photograph of Sheffield's former Lord Mayor’s came about. Its photographer, Chris Saunders, and Magid Magid will discuss what image and identity mean to them.

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.

Out & About: Paint Jam Weekend

Sat. 6 August 2022 — Sun. 7 August 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

An exciting showcase of live art and creativity in public spaces in the Cultural Industries Quarter. With impressive new work by nationally and internationally recognised artists, celebrating everything that makes Sheffield unique. More details soon.

Out & About: Sustainability Weekend

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

An inspiring weekend of family-friendly activity looking into ideas around environmental, social and personal sustainability. With creative contributions from local community groups and environmentally conscious artists. More info coming soon.

Festival of the Mind

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events. Returning in September 2022 – dates and details coming soon.

Creative Connections Sheffield

Thu. 30 June 2022 — Sun. 2 October 2022

Millennium Gallery

Who are the people that represent Sheffield? From pioneers and performers to athletes and artists, this portrait exhibition celebrates the public figures connected with our city.

No Bounds

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 16 October 2022

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. Earlybird weekend passes on sale now.

Brought to Light: The Remarkable Bateman Collection

Fri. 27 May 2022 — Sun. 15 January 2023

Weston Park Museum

Thomas Bateman was a pioneering Victorian antiquarian. Much of Sheffield's collections of local archaeology, minerals, ceramics, metalwork and fossils can be traced back to him. Explore Bateman’s legacy and the origins of civic museum collections.