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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

New Clear Waves

Multiple dates


A three-day celebration of the best of the North, past and present – as part of the Tramlines fringe.

Received Dissent: An American Mail Art Project

Tue. 3 April 2018 — Sat. 28 July 2018

Graves Gallery

A collection of art never meant for gallery walls, but created to be received by post. Featuring work by Man Ray, Yoko Ono, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein and Méret Oppenheim. Our review...

Circus! Show of Shows Family Fun Day

Sat. 28 July 2018

Weston Park Museum

Roll up! Roll up! Be astounded and delighted by acrobats and musicians, get your face painted, and try your hand at circus tricks.

This Class Works

Sat. 14 July 2018 — Sun. 29 July 2018

92 Burton Rd, S3 8DA

A celebration of the working class from Pete McKee, with work by Martyn Ware, Maxine Peake, Tish Murtha, and more.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Fri. 27 July 2018 — Sun. 29 July 2018

Millennium Gallery

A fabulous opportunity to pick up work from over 70 of the UK’s best established and emerging artists and designer-makers.

Artist's Talk & Materials Workshop: Florence Mytum

Wed. 1 August 2018

Bloc Projects

An overview the artist's practice and an interactive workshop on the tactile manipulation of materials.

Friday Night Ride: Sheffield Paintings

Fri. 3 August 2018

The Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A sociable cycle around viewpoints that have inspired artists over the decades.

Bloc Projects Members Show 2018

Sat. 21 July 2018 — Sat. 4 August 2018

Bloc Projects

A selection of work by emerging artists from across the UK.

Park Hill architecture tours

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

Chance to explore the 1960s brutalist icon with architecture and heritage experts, as part of S1 Artspace's Love Among the Ruins programme of events.

Public Showreel Coffee Mornings

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

Chance for Park Hill residents both past and present to share stories and photos of the housing estate.

Love Among the Ruins exhibition tours

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

Experts in architecture and social and cultural history shed light on the exhibition of archival photography from the Park Hill and Hyde Park estates.


Sat. 14 July 2018 — Sat. 25 August 2018

Cupola Gallery

A group show at Hillsborough's Cupola gallery.

Bloc Billboard: Alexander Glass

Fri. 6 July 2018 — Sat. 1 September 2018

Bloc Projects

A public artwork on the side of the gallery, from an artist known for his investigations into desire and masculinity.

Artist Talk: Anna Douglas, Bill Stephenson and Matthew Conduit

Wed. 12 September 2018

S1 Artspace

Hear from and about the artists behind Love Among the Ruins, an exhibition of archival photography of the Park Hill and Hyde Park estates.

Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sat. 15 September 2018

S1 Artspace

An exhibition of photography and film of Sheffield’s Park Hill and Hyde Park estates from the 1960s-80s.

Experiments in Living with Elain Harwood and Lynsey Hanley

Sat. 15 September 2018

Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A talk on the history and legacy of Britain’s post-war social housing projects and the controversial repurposing of landmark buildings, including Sheffield’s Park Hill.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Sat. 30 June 2018 — Sun. 23 September 2018

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of pieces from the National Portrait Gallery, telling the story of photography’s entrance into the art world. Read our review.

Powerful Silence

Sat. 1 September 2018 — Sat. 6 October 2018

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of work by Bren Head.

Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement

Sat. 9 June 2018 — Sun. 7 October 2018

Millennium Gallery

Era-defining posters and photomontages, marking the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Circus! Show of Shows

Wed. 25 July 2018 — Sun. 4 November 2018

Weston Park Museum

Roll up, roll up, for a celebration of the circus and the performers who brought it to life.

Sheffield Print Fair

Sat. 10 November 2018

St Mary’s Church and Community Centre

Watch printmaking in action and pick up a print or two to take home.


Sat. 13 October 2018 — Sat. 17 November 2018

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of work by Alison Tyldesley, Paul Evans, John Bainbridge and Rebecca Buck.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 17 November 2018 — Sun. 18 November 2018

Yorkshire Artspace

A weekend of nosying around some of the most fascinating artists' studios in town.