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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.

Evening Talk: Malice in Wonderland – Cecil Beaton and his Friends

Mon. 14 June 2021

In this evening talk, Hugo Vickers, Cecil Beaton's biographer and literary executor, will explain how the photographer turned himself into an extraordinary figure.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Smithfield Studios, 30 Cross Smithfield, S3 7AU

Get creative at this life drawing class inspired by Sheffield artists.

Stella Baraklianou: The Magician

Multiple dates

GLOAM Gallery

A solo exhibition of new works by Stella Baraklianou exploring representations of the Magician figure from the Tarot of Marseilles. Bringing together craftwork, textiles, photography and digital fabrication.

Mapping Journeys, New Directions

Thu. 17 June 2021

Exploring migration in contemporary art. In this illustrated talk, Amanda Tavares examines the art of Bouchra Khalili, looking at how she created a space for collective reflection and responsibility.

Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Develop your drawing skills working from a nude model with support from one of Millennium Gallery's regular artist tutors.

A Piece of Turf

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sat. 19 June 2021

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street S2 5TR

A collaborative exhibition of drawings by Jamie Mills and text by Beatrice Karol, exploring the complexity of seemingly insignificant patches of earth.

My Path: Art by People in the Criminal Justice System

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sun. 20 June 2021

Millennium Gallery

A creative walk through the criminal justice system. Every work on display has been made by someone in a prison, secure hospital, young offender institution or on probation.

Neil Woodall

Fri. 4 June 2021 — Wed. 30 June 2021

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

An exhibition of woodcuts and aquatint etchings by painter and printmaker Neil Woodall.

Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sun. 4 July 2021

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of glittering portraits by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), portraying the elite class at play in the decadent 1920s and 30s. Read our review.

Playground

Thu. 1 July 2021 — Sun. 11 July 2021

Site Gallery

Chance to give the latest digital games and toys a go. Ready, set, play!

TADO: AR Character Hunt

Thu. 1 July 2021 — Sun. 11 July 2021

Get exploring outdoors and track down cheeky augmented reality characters in ten city centre locations. Created by design duo TADO.

Sheffield Ceramics Festival

Sat. 24 July 2021 — Sun. 25 July 2021

Kelham Island Museum

Over forty ceramic artists, potters and sculptors will gather at Kelham Island Museum for Sheffield Ceramics Festival this summer.

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.