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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.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Kelham Island Museum

Life drawing classes that aim to spark new ideas, using artist references and set design to help you push your creative boundaries. Join them this autumn in their new venue, next to The Millowners Arms in Kelham Island Museum.

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.

Otherworld by Kieran Ingram

Thu. 16 September 2021 — Thu. 30 September 2021

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

A collection of works on paper and oil paintings by Kieran Ingram, influenced by the ‘folk horror’ genre, British folklore and the occult.

Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Develop your drawing skills working from a nude model with support from an artist tutor at Millennium Gallery's weekly life drawing session.

Sister Wives X Permanent Distraction

Sat. 2 October 2021

Site Gallery

Sheffield-based band Sister Wives will play live within artist Rafaël Rozendaal's immersive installation Permanent Distraction, against large-scale floor-to-ceiling abstract projections.

Shining a Light on Bulbs

Tue. 5 October 2021

Friends of Sheffield Botanical Gardens host an online talk about how bulbs can bring colour throughout the year.

From The Estate

Sat. 2 October 2021 — Tue. 5 October 2021

S1 Artspace

An exhibition of field recordings by Jim Ghedi and photographs by Laura Merrill. Guiding visitors through the green spaces within four council and social estates in Sheffield, and illustratating nature and city in proximity to each other.

Lunchtime Talk: Conditions for Landscape

Wed. 6 October 2021

Millennium Gallery

Explore why it become so difficult for artists to respond to landscape in traditional ways in this lunchtime talk. Connected to the current exhibition Earthbound: Contemporary Landscape from the Roberts Institute of Art.

Hedgerow

Multiple dates

Division Street

A creative street market for Sheffield city centre. Filling Division Street with live music and independent retail once a month from August onwards.

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.

Talking Objects

Wed. 13 October 2021

Meet some of the Sheffield Museums team and find out about the stories behind some of their favourite objects in the city's collections. This time, the theme is animals and nature. You are also invited to bring along an object to show.

Stories from Sheffield General Cemetery: Artists and Artistes – Laura Alston

Sat. 16 October 2021

Millennium Gallery

Historian Laura Alston delivers an illustrated talk exploring the hidden histories of artists and artistes in Victorian and Edwardian Sheffield, by researching the impressive life stories of some of the 87,000 people buried in the General Cemetery.

Art Class: Glass, Sky and Palm Leaves – Paradise Found!

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Join artist Donna Brewins-Cook for a creative journey into urban paradise – you will be taken on an artistic adventure through historic notions of paradise to present-day ideas.

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.

In A Vase by Lianne Mellor

Fri. 8 October 2021 — Sun. 31 October 2021

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5TR

Painter and allotment holder Lianne Mellor presents an exhibition of new still life paintings inspired by the changing seasons.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 20 November 2021 — Sun. 21 November 2021

Yorkshire Artspace

Peek into some of the most fascinating studios in town and meet their creative residents.

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.

Rafaël Rozendaal – Permanent Distraction

Thu. 23 September 2021 — Thu. 23 December 2021

Site Gallery

A major new exhibition from Dutch-Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal. With immersive, floor-to-ceiling website installations, exploring the slippage between physical and digital realities.

Precision as a State of Mind: Sculptures by Mark Firth

Fri. 3 September 2021 — Sat. 15 January 2022

Graves Gallery

The Graves Gallery reopens after its refurbishment with a new exhibition celebrating the work of acclaimed sculptor Mark Firth.