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

Open Up Sheffield

Sat. 4 May 2024 — Mon. 6 May 2024

Sat. 11 May 2024 — Sun. 12 May 2024


Open Up Sheffield is one of the largest and most successful open studio events outside London, showcasing the creative talent in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire for the past 25 years.

The volunteer-run festival, which takes place over two weekends in spring, features over a hundred artists each year. Their artwork is always varied – with everything from watercolour, oil and acrylic painting to jewellery, ceramics, textiles, crafts, wood, glass, photography, printmaking, digital and mixed media.

Studios tend to span the length and breadth of the city – including Oughtibridge, Parson Cross, Nether Green, Manor Oaks, Kelham Island and even as far out as Hathersage.

See the guide to Open Up 2024.

Open Up exhibition
In the run-up to the festival, visit The Art House for a preview of work by 29 of this year's artists, 8 April–13 May – find out more.

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Tyler Mellins

An artist inspired by all things paranormal, magical and occult, whose work is "equal parts serious and camp."

We are the Monument

Sat. 27 January 2024 — Sat. 21 December 2024

Graves Gallery

An exhibition curated by artist Yuen Fong Ling, encouraging us to consider the significance of those represented on, or in opposition to, the plinth.

GLOAM Gallery

GLOAM is an exhibition and studio space, run by a collective of six artists. Look out for exhibitions here, often shining a spotlight on emerging contemporary artists from across the north.

99 Mary Street

Along the cobbles of Mary Street you’ll find this gallery and event space run by design studio DED Associates. DED occasionally transform part of their studio into The Viewing Room, hosting pop art exhibitions. Look out for upcoming events.