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

Meet the Locals

Our interviews with some of the creative folk who happily call Sheffield home. Get to know local artists, musicians, makers, designers, poets, brewers, and more.

Kid Acne

If you've spent a decent amount of time in Sheffield, chances are you'll have come across, and come to love, the work of graffiti artist-musician-printmaker Kid Acne in one form or another.

Forced Entertainment

Sheffield’s Forced Entertainment were once the "enfants terribles" of the avant-garde theatre scene. Now, after 30 years, they’re the elder statesman of contemporary performance.

Penny Withers

A ceramicist based at Yorkshire Artspace, creating "vessels with heart".

Andro and Eve

Bringing people together over the joys of queer culture since 2016, through film, drag, music, and more.

Andrew Hunt

An artist painting people caught in moments of tenderness and silence.

PHS x OFP Cocktail Menu

A collaborative cocktail menu inspired by Picture House Social's favourite Sheffield businesses.

Delicious Clam

A record label and self-confessed labour of love, fuelling the fire of Sheffield's alternative music scene.

Seiko Kinoshita

Working at her huge dobby loom, Seiko creates yarn sculptures inspired by nature that are full of calm and beauty.

Victoria Claire Dawes

A ceramicist creating kitchenware inspired by, and made for, the people, history and character of Sheffield.

From Works

An architecture and design duo, searching out both inspiration and material in the city and its neighbouring Peak District.

Alex McLean

A pioneer of the algorave scene, creating music through live coding.

Mark Herbert

The joint CEO of Warp Films on the company's origins, This is England, and Sheffield's independent spirit.

Our Mel

A grassroots collective putting black artists, storytellers, filmmakers and talent front and centre through pop-up events and the annual Melanin Fest.

Lucy Vann

Lucy Vann is an artist preoccupied with small-scale weirdness and the surreally mundane. From her studio in S1 Artspace she works with video, sculpture, performance and installation.

John Hoyland

Introducing John Hoyland (1934-2011), the Sheffield-born abstract painter now championed by Damien Hirst.

Labrador

Limited edition and rather lovely objects for the home.

Third Angel

Creators of forward-thinking, affecting and unforgettable theatre since 1995.

Eclipse

Headed by creative director Dawn Walton, Eclipse is a company dedicated to bringing a more diverse audience into theatres and adding stories to the British canon.

Field Cycles

Builders of dream bicycle frames, bespoke to each rider.

Richard Hawley

No musician has as deep a connection to Sheffield as Richard Hawley. Here he talks about the "grim up north" myth and how Sheffield inspires his music.

Line Cut Supply

Workwear for women, made in Sheffield by Aimee Harrison.

Nick Deakin

Nick's playful and irreverent illustrations cheer us right up.

Rob Lee

A graphic artist whose large-scale geometric murals that invite interaction and inject a shot of vibrancy into the city.

Sarah Waterhouse

Peek inside fabric designer and screen printer Sarah's Yorkshire Artspace studio, shared with pugs Lola and Ethel.

Archive Sheffield

A documentary photography collective that has taken on the role of storyteller for the people of Sheffield.

TADO

Welcome to the wonderful world of TADO!

Sheffield breweries

Sheffield is as much a city of ale as it is a city of steel. Get to know its finest small, independent breweries.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is an artist and S1 Artspace studio holder. As well as his own video-based art practice, he is involved in a number of projects in Sheffield – each connected by the desire to do good through creativity.

Chris Boland

Jeweller Chris constructs his bold and unusual rings from the most beautiful stones.

Jane Huws

Jane weaves charming bags by hand, capturing the spectrum of colour found in nature.

Handmade Cinema

A community cinema that transforms spaces into magical cinematic wonderlands.

Neil Woodall

A loveable and inky t-shirted aquatint pro, working in the most incredible studio we've ever stepped foot in.

Jennie Gill

Precious stones and metals glimmering in all directions – Jennie's jewellery workshop is a delight!

Anthony Bennett

The Showman Sculptor with a huge collection of cast figures lining his studio walls.

Henk Littlewood

At his Narnia-like studio, Henk turns tree trunks into magical sculptures and pieces of furniture.

Natalie Burton

An illustrator with a clear love for nature, whose pen-and-pencil world is full of trees, houses and landscapes all captured with charm and warmth.

Thoughts Make Things

Playful creations to bring a smile to the dullest of days.

Tom J Newell

One of the most distinctive illustrators in town, with a back catalogue of creepy creatures and writhing skulls.

Jo Peel

Capturing stories of cities in paint.

Nat Johnson

"A little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit indie."

The Audacious Art Experiment

A record label and arts collective set up the DIY way and run according to a simple ethos: "be excellent to one another."

Donna Brewins

Donna finds inspiration in "big winter skies" for her giant canvases of dark landscapes.

Gemma Thorpe

Gemma focusses her lens on issues including migration, homelessness, identity and belonging – in each case telling you just enough of the story to make you keen as mustard to find out more.

James Green

A linocut printmaker with a love of donkeys, dinosaurs and views of Sheffield.

We Live Here

Jonathan Wilkinson's architectural illustrations are a celebration of our unconventionally beautiful city.

Girl Gang Sheffield

Support your local Girl Gang.

Sheffield coffee roasters

Get to know Sheffield's growing community of coffee roasters.

Finkfurniture

Makers of magnificent works of sculptural furniture.

Sheffield food producers

Glorious food, made in Sheffield.

Now Then

Now Then magazine is a hero of "citizen journalism" in Sheffield, acting as an alternative resource on the city's politics, communities and independent spirit since 2008.

Helen Mort

A poet with one foot in Sheffield and another in Derbyshire, who finds inspiration at the top of hills, in ghost stories, pubs, friendship, the aftertaste of whisky, the miners' strike, and in lost love.

CADS

DIY arts charity and Sheffield's go-to guys for artists' studios and unique event spaces.

Ruby Robinson

A South Yorks poet, whose candid, vulnerable and vigilant work will leave you open-mouthed.

Jeremy Abrahams

With his Arrivals project, Jeremy took photos of one person who arrived in Sheffield from overseas for every year since 1945.

Mamnick

"Doing one thing at a time, as beautifully as possible" is this fashion and accessory designer's philosophy.

Tim Etchells

The writer, artist and artistic director has some amazing ideas on how to improve the city.

Frazer Hudson

The witty illustrator lets us in on his way of working, his inspirations, and his thoughts on the 'quite zen' city of Sheffield.

Peter Griffiths

For his recent screen printing project, The Plant Room, Peter spent the summer gathering inspiration in community gardens.

Roanna Wells

In her monochrome embroideries, Roanna substitutes people with stitches to create stunning, often dramatic, new perspectives on human gatherings. Crowds never looked so pleasing.

Eddy Dreadnought

An artist working across performance, writing, drawing, video, and photography, aiming to ask questions about the world in a sensory, open and poetic way.

David Mellor

The so-called Cutlery King, who also designed traffic lights, park benches and 1960s bus shelters.

The Village Screen

A pop-up cinema bringing modern classic films to incredible locations.

Nancy Kerr

Folk music A-lister, "fiddlesinger" and champion for social change.

Ignite Imaginations

A charity dedicated to connecting, inspiring and enlivening Sheffield communities through creativity.

Drenge

The Loveless brothers from Castleton have a knack for crafting darkly alluring anti-love songs.