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


Keen to fill a gap in Sheffield's contemporary art market, in 1991 Karen Sherwood – a recent graduate of Psalter Lane Art College – opened up Cupola in Hillsborough. People told Karen she'd chosen the wrong side of town to open an art gallery. As it quite thankfully turned out, she knew better. Over twenty years on, Cupola continues to brighten up this corner of the city with its series of exhibitions and its shelves and walls lined with ceramics, paintings and jewellery.

Karen's enthusiasm for art radiates throughout Cupola and it's become known for its warm and unassuming welcome. You can continue to enjoy the bright, welcoming Cupola experience online – see below for the gallery's series of video interviews, insights into art forms, and peeks at past exhibitions.

Original 200

"What can you get in a gallery for £200? What is the value of art and does it have anything to do with its price?” Cupola posed these questions with its 2017 exhibition Original 200. See video of the exhibition, featuring the work of 33 artists.

Cupola Gallery Tour

Take a video tour around Cupola – showing you all four galleries and the sculpture garden.

John Pedder Live Printing

Watch a time-lapse video of a live printing event at Cupola, with printmaker John Pedder and assistant Emily Peak inking up and printing off a 7ft x 4ft woodcut piece called Hinged.

Caught in a Fast Lane – Corinna Button

Corinna's solo exhibition was scheduled to be on show at Hillsborough's Cupola gallery at the moment. While the gallery is closed, enjoy a peek at the work in Cupola's video interview with the artist.

Cupola on Printmaking

Karen Sherwood is managing director at Sheffield's Cupola Contemporary Art. In this video she shares some thoughts on printmaking.