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

Wemmy Ogunyankin

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

Tell us about you…
I'm Wemmy. I love books, coffee, loud music and chill out spaces. I'm a visual anthropologist/ethnographer who works with photography, poetry and film. These mediums help me feel closer to people, and I'm passionate about exploring identity, community, Blackness and social justice with a camera or a pen.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
I'm a Londoner who chose this city as a home after coming here for university in 2012, just as I turned 18. It's a city that's made me who I am. I had my real coming of age here with nights out, slow mornings, city and nature walks, making friends and falling in love.

What's your favourite Sheffield place?
The entire Showroom Cinema complex. Kollective and Site Gallery included. Easy. The Central Library is a close second, so special mention.

What would you do to improve the city?
I'd like more to preserve the heart and culture of this city, in an inclusive cross-community kind of way. The more we lose (independent businesses, music venues, indie food and art spaces), the less like home this city will feel.

Latest contributions

Portraiture and the Human Figure

Thu. 16 March 2023 — Sun. 8 December 2024

Graves Gallery

“A celebration of being, making and looking.” Read our writer Wemmy's review of this inspiring exhibition full of love letters to bodies.

Mi waan go a country go look mango: Kedisha Coakley

Fri. 30 June 2023 — Sat. 29 July 2023

Bloc Projects

An exhibition of sculpture and installation work by Sheffield-based artist Kedisha Coakley, exploring the colonial life of plants from the Caribbean.