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

Picturing Sheffield Gallery

Weston Park Museum's Picturing Sheffield gallery brings together local scenes and views of the city from the past 250 years. The displays reflect the changing face of Sheffield, from its industrial origins and lost landmarks right through to the familiar views we recognise today. See the videos below to delve into the practices of four artists featured in Picturing Sheffield: Emilie Taylor, Pete McKee, David Hepher, and Pete Clarke.

Emilie Taylor
Sheffield-based ceramic artist Emilie Taylor talks about her large-scale ceramics which draw heavily on the post-industrial north of England and, in particular, estates in Sheffield that were originally built as utopias. Emilie talks us through her process of decorating a pot, how people engage with her work, and reminisces about painting with mops at Mappin Art Gallery (now Weston Park Museum) as a child.

Pete McKee
Join Sheffield artist Pete McKee in his studio as he paints his distinctive characters and tells us about his favourite works, why he’s fondest of creating scenes inside pubs and cafes, his respect for Joe Scarborough and his love of the people of Sheffield.

David Hepher
David Hepher is best known for his paintings of urban residences, especially tower blocks, a fascination which he developed in his youth: “I first saw high-rises being built in Sheffield in the 1950s; they were pulling down the 19th century back-to-backs and building high-rises in their place.” In this video, see Hepher at work in his studio, hear him talk about his early work, his inspirations in Sheffield and an exhibition of his work displayed in the Mappin Gallery (now Weston Park Museum) in 1974.

Pete Clarke
Pete Clarke was Artist in Residence at Kelvin Flats in Sheffield in 1985. The Flats, built in 1967 and demolished 30 years later, were a striking example of Brutalist architecture. Clarke lived and worked in the Flats, and created a series of photographs which were displayed, along with this film about his work and his influences, in the Picturing Sheffield Gallery at Weston Park Museum.

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