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

Sean Williams

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you...
Hi, I’m Sean. My favourite thing in the world is to spend a day watching cricket, armed with a stack of cheese butties and some cake.

I’m a painter based at Bloc Studios in Sheffield city centre. It’s a wonderful place to be. I also organise group art exhibitions in as wide a range of venues as possible.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
I love the people of Sheffield. I lived here for nearly 30 years now and have been lucky to meet so many amazing people – really warm, generous and funny. There is so much creative talent here too.

I’m sports-mad and Sheffield is a great sports city – football, ice hockey, speedway, rugby league – fantastic!

What’s your favourite place in Sheffield?
It has to be Sheffield Arena. The atmosphere on a hockey night is incredible, especially when the Nottingham Panthers come to town. Abbeydale Park in summer comes a close second.

What would you do to improve the city?
Sheffield is well-served for galleries, but if I could be really greedy I’d love to see a few more venues for pop-up shows and experimental projects.

Latest contributions

Kite Circus

Thu. 12 March 2020 — Fri. 27 March 2020

Sidney + Matilda

A group show about one of art’s most discussed constituencies: abstraction. Read our review.

Anatomy of Loss

Janie Moore was in the process of creating an thoughtful and hopeful interactive sculpture on loss when the gallery at Yorkshire Artspace closed. Contribute your thoughts and feelings through the artist's online dedication page.

Empire Hangover

Fri. 31 January 2020 — Fri. 28 February 2020

Sidney + Matilda

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by mixed media artist Dan Cimmermann, interrogating British identity, class divide, and social behaviour. Read our review.

David Fennell-Roberts

A painter and printmaker capturing the essence of the area around Long Island, an overlooked part of Sheffield at the core of this city's rich history.