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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.

Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth

Sat. 12 September 2020 — Sun. 1 November 2020

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of over 50 works from one of the UK’s most significant collections of drawings by artists from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries who've become known as Old Masters. The likes of Carpaccio, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and more.

Halloween Takeover at the National Videogame Museum

Fri. 23 October 2020 — Sun. 1 November 2020

National Videogame Museum

The National Videogame Museum is open every day this half term holiday with some special Halloween activities. Create your own Videoghoul, take part in a ghastly Ghost Hunt and show off your skills in a Haunted Hi-Score challenge!

Digital Communication For Leadership Success

Wed. 4 November 2020

Annalisa Toccara looks at defining your leadership brand, using social media, creating/curating engaging content, collaborating, and more. Annalisa is an award-winning cultural producer, creative director, digital strategist, and founder of Our Mel.

Stephen Todd: Fact From Fiction

Fri. 9 October 2020 — Sat. 14 November 2020

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of work rooted in narrative, by Sheffield-based artist Stephen Todd. Conjuring images from Greek mythology and other histories, and drawing us into stories both real and imagined.

Makers Mill

Sat. 14 November 2020

A cosy autumn afternoon of crafting, with three workshops led by Sheffield makers.

All Shall Pass

Wed. 21 October 2020 — Sat. 14 November 2020

Fronteer Gallery, 18 Exchange Street, S2 5TS

An exhibition of postcard art on the theme of the passing of the year, in a brand new city centre gallery.

ArtWorks Together – Creativity through Lockdown

Fri. 18 September 2020 — Fri. 20 November 2020

An online exhibition organised by 70 artists with learning disabilities and autism from South Yorkshire based arts organisation ArtWorks. Showcasing work the artists created at home during lockdown.

Being Human

Thu. 12 November 2020 — Sun. 22 November 2020

A national festival of the humanities, exploring what it means to be human. With audio walks, exhibitions, online workshops and talks, sharing new ideas in archaeology, history, philosophy, languages, literature and more, on the theme of New Worlds.

Handmade for Christmas

Sat. 17 October 2020 — Wed. 23 December 2020

Millennium Gallery

Christmas will be a little different this year, but Millennium Gallery's popular Handmade for Christmas is returning, with gifts created by talented makers from across the region.

Create Your Own Pixel Art Character

Have you ever wanted to make your own Mario character? Perhaps you’ve always been inspired by the artwork of old school RPGs? Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and create your own pixel art character!

A Conversation with Jeremy Deller & Sharna Jackson

Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller talks to Site Gallery Creative Director Sharna Jackson, exploring the ability of art and social movements to illuminate the politics of everyday life. From the Doc/Fest 2019 Exchange programme of free talks.

Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

A performance by the fabulous aerialist Blaze Tarsha, created in response to the world’s most famous circus painting – Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando. Filmed especially for Museums Sheffield's 2018 exhibition Circus! Show of Shows.

The Big Art Lock In

Get creative and join The Art House community online for #TheBigArtLockIn. A safe space to express creativity and share encouragement until the creative hub can open its doors to everyone again.

Talking Art

A new video series from Museums Sheffield, featuring curators talking through some of the fascinating and best loved artworks in the city's collections.

Lloyd Stewart 'Lloydie' – Sheffield Bodybuilding Legend

Lloyd Stewart has been a well-known and respected part of Sheffield’s boxing, bodybuilding and gym community since the 1960s. Watch this short documentary about 'Lloydie' by Museums Sheffield, from Weston Park Museum's display on his accomplishments.

Picturing Sheffield: Views of a City

Explore three of the city's lost landmarks – the divisive 'Egg Box', the beloved Tinsley Towers, and the iconic Kelvin Flats – in this trio of films created by Museums Sheffield.

Life in the Big Village with Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough's affectionate, often humorous, depictions of everyday scenes of Yorkshire life pay tribute to the region and its people. In this short film, join Joe on a trip around Sheffield to discover the inspiration behind his bold paintings.

Made in Sheffield

Celebrate the excellence and innovation of Sheffield makers with these short films, originally created for a Millennium Gallery exhibition. Shining a spotlight on local companies creating products ranging from menswear to sweets, crisps and bikes.

Game Makers

Ever played a game and thought 'I want to make this!'? Well now is your chance! Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and dip your toes into game creation using free children's programming language Scratch.

A tour of The Art House

Take an online tour of the workshops, cafe and kilns of Sheffield's super inclusive creative hub.

Points of Rupture

Wed. 9 September 2020 — Thu. 31 December 2020

Site Gallery

Artist Phoebe Davies dives into the world of competitive sport. Her exhibition of film and sound work lays bare the physical and mental strength necessary to thrive and – fundamentally – to win. Read more in our review.

Anatomy of Loss

Janie Moore was in the process of creating an thoughtful and hopeful interactive sculpture on loss when the gallery at Yorkshire Artspace closed. Contribute your thoughts and feelings through the artist's online dedication page.

Lockdown

A call-out and online exhibition set up by Sheffield arts platform Fronteer, showcasing work made by artists during self isolation.

Sheffield Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Founded in 1864, Sheffield Photographic Society is one of the oldest such societies in the world. This year's exhibition of its members' work is postponed, but you can now visit the gallery online.

Under-Side, Under-Stood

An online exhibition by artist and S1 Artspace studio-holder Charlotte Dawson, investigating our connection to the ground below us.

Virtual Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

On the weekend of 20-22 March, 125 people took part in the Virtual Photomarathon Sheffield. See the results of the fun photo challenge, along with the winning snaps in this online exhibition.

Caught in a Fast Lane – Corinna Button

Corinna's solo exhibition was scheduled to be on show at Hillsborough's Cupola gallery at the moment. While the gallery is closed, enjoy a peek at the work in Cupola's video interview with the artist.

The Art House pottery tutorials

A series of video tutorials from the workshops at The Art House. Teaching you how to knead and prepare clay, and the basics of throwing on the wheel.

Spaces for Creation: The Provocative City

A conversation about urbanism and cultural space. Architect, curator, researcher and consultant Andreia Garcia offers her insight into site-specific provocations in cities and large towns.

Spaces for Creation: Morag Myerscough

A conversation with artist-designer Morag Myerscough about Legible Cities. How do we get around cities instinctively? How can we make navigating a city easier, and ultimately, more fun?

Spaces for Creation: Skateboarding

A conversation about how we can use skateboarding as a tool for better understanding the urban environment – particularly if we want our cities to offer more than just the flow of capital. With Professor Iain Borden and Dr. Dani Abulhawa.

Platform Instagram Takeover: Joanna Whittle

View painter Joanna Whittle's weeklong Site Gallery Platform Instagram Takeover. Here she explores the developmental parts of her practice – research, drawing, printmaking and ephemeral pieces – rather than finished material.

Picturing Sheffield Gallery

Weston Park Museum's Picturing Sheffield brings together local scenes and views of the city from the past 250 years. These accompanying videos delve into the practices of four of its artists: Emilie Taylor, Pete McKee, David Hepher, and Pete Clarke.

Become an Interactive Storyteller

Ever wanted to write your own interactive stories? The National Videogame Museum have put together a guide on how to do just that using Twine – free software that enables you to make your own story-based videogame!

Picture the Poet

In 2014 the National Portrait Gallery brought to town portraits of the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. Alongside the exhibition, Museums Sheffield and Word Life hosted performances by the city's own literary talents.

Bloc Billboard: Kedisha Coakley

Fri. 13 November 2020 — Sun. 14 February 2021

Bloc Projects

A brand new outdoor artwork commission by Kedisha Coakley exploring the history of wallpaper, blackness, and legacies of the British empire.

fud: Gary Zhexi Zhang

Fri. 16 October 2020 — Fri. 16 April 2021

Bloc Projects

A new three-part series by Gary Zhexi Zhang, drawing on the artist's research into the role of insurance in shaping the times and spaces we inhabit. With a digital commission, study groups and more.

The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City

Fri. 23 October 2020 — Mon. 3 May 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.

Celebrating Your Videogame Collection

The National Videogame Museum is rightly pretty proud of its collection of videogames and videogamey stuff. But they want to hear about yours too! Get thinking about your own collection of videogames with these downloadable activity sheets.

Failed Experiments

AlgoMech is a music and art festival exploring the creative potential of code. Enjoy this footage from AlgoMech 2017 of the piece Failed Experiments by Anne-F Jacques and Ryoko Akama.

Creatively Exploring Videogames

Let’s get creative! Download these activity sheets from the National Videogame Museum for fun ways to get creative whilst thinking about videogames – by designing your own arcade cabinet or videogame controller.

Cupola on Printmaking

Karen Sherwood is managing director at Sheffield's Cupola Contemporary Art. In this video she shares some thoughts on printmaking.

NESM Home Activities

During lockdown, Sheffield's National Emergency Services Museum has put together an ever-expanding bunch of free activities to try at home. Make your own 3D ambulance, lifeboat or police van, colour in everyday heroes, and lots more.​

Going Public

How might public galleries and philanthropists develop better relationships? Going Public explored this question with exhibitions of artwork from some of Europe's finest private collections. Here the collectors discuss their approaches to collecting.

Cupola's Thought for the Day

Karen Sherwood set up Cupola Contemporary Art in Hillsborough in 1991. In this video she talks about why she runs the gallery.

Creativity During Corona

Join Sheffield Libraries on Facebook for its series of creative prompts, encouraging you to write, draw, paint, photograph, knit, sew, sing, anything! Share your creations and they'll go on display at the Central Library when life returns to normal.

Interview with Shaeron Caton Rose

​​​​​​​Amid by Shaeron Caton Rose was a 2017 exhibition at Cupola Gallery, featuring work made in response to the artist’s residencies in two different faith communities.

Cupola on Collage

Cupola has been bringing contemporary art to Hillsborough since 1991. Now, you can continue to enjoy the bright, welcoming Cupola experience online – see below for the gallery's Graham sharing some thoughts on collage.

Original 200

"What can you get in a gallery for £200? What is the value of art and does it have anything to do with its price?” Cupola posed these questions with its 2017 exhibition Original 200. See video of the exhibition, featuring the work of 33 artists.

Cupola Gallery Tour

Take a video tour around Cupola – showing you all four galleries and the sculpture garden.

Spaces for Creation Symposium

A symposium to wrap up the City of Ideas series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. With leading artists, architects, urbanists and public designers. Watch recordings of the talks from the day.

Musical Mark Making

A home activity from Concerteenies. You might think listening to music is only about using your ears. But what if your favourite piece of music could inspire your latest artistic creation?

Fabric of Our Lives

An immersive photography, textile and audio story exhibition. Based on collaborative workshops and the stories of local and refugee women living in UK textile and industrial towns, and a Refugee Women’s Safe House in Calais.

Eastern Margins Roundtable

Exploring global perspectives on the East and Southeast Asian migrant creative experience. The roundtable draws from the Eastern Margins creative community – drawing out collective experiences and discussions from different disciplines/geographies.

Through My Window

What do you see through your window? Ignite Imaginations invites you to explore the experience of migration in the context of lockdown during a global pandemic. Watch the digital installation and join in with your own creative response.

Small Pleasures Project: Give us a Gif

A digital patchwork stemming from the theme of small pleasures during these uncertain times, made up of 64 gifs sent in from Sheffield and around the world!

ArtWorks: Altered Places

In 2019 Site Gallery worked with artists with physical and learning disabilities from ArtWorks on a month-long residency at Sidney + Matilda. Enjoy this film documenting the residency.

Sheffield Adventures – Sheffield in pictures

The Picturing Sheffield exhibition at Weston Park Museum shows how our city has reinvented itself over the centuries. It showcases everything from 19th-century oil paintings to 21st-century street art to remind us that change is pretty much constant.

Creative Thinking & Problem Solving with Kisha Bradley

Join engineer, educator and Bright Box Makerspace founder Kisha Bradley for a workshop aimed at guiding you through developing creative ideas and initial designs.

Beginnings of Brand with Heather Ditch

Freelance brand planner and copywriter Heather Ditch hosts an online workshop about the importance of branding. What does brand mean, why does it matter, what should it tell the world and how can you start to explore and express your own?

John Pedder Live Printing

Watch a time-lapse video of a live printing event at Cupola, with printmaker John Pedder and assistant Emily Peak inking up and printing off a 7ft x 4ft woodcut piece called Hinged.

Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map by Chris Watson

"You can find music, if you choose to listen, in almost anything." In 2013 sound recordist Chris Watson created an incredible, immersive soundscape at Millennium Gallery. Now he's turned it into a stereo experience for Museums Sheffield from Home.

#OtisMensahExists

Sheffield poet laureate and hip-hop hero Otis Mensah presents a new series of ten songs, accompanied by original animations by illustrator Jim Spendlove. First in the series is a collaboration with Hemlock Ernst of the US-based band Future Islands.