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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.

Sharna Jackson

Site Gallery's brand new Artistic Director introduces herself, tells us about Site's exciting 40th birthday plans, and shares her love of barges.

ArtWorks

A collective of artists with learning disabilities.

Maja Mihajlovic

An artist whose work is both politicised and playful, drawing on a sense of not quite belonging to create something multi-layered, sensory and often collaborative.

Siân Williams

An artist based at Bloc, whose practice references the feminine and sees seeming irreverence jostle with political poignance.

Paul Evans

A background in philosophy and archeology and a love of climbing inform Paul's art practice.

Yuen Fong Ling

An artist whose work uncovers hidden histories and connect past figures with autobiography – currently exploring the Sheffield legacy of writer, poet, activist and socialist Edward Carpenter (1844-1929).

Toni Buckby

Working with textiles, electronics and computer art, Toni is an artist who brings the traditional and the progressive into dialogue to create something entirely new.

Claire Lee

A sculptor working with wire, welding and weaving it into ethereal forms and bringing in light and sound to create immersive installations.

Chloë Brown

An artist-filmmaker investigating the histories of post-industrial cities and amplifying voices that have traditionally been silenced.

Society of Explorers

A curious, enthusiastic and creative collective of 14-to-19-year-olds, chatting, making and curating art from their Site Gallery base.

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.

Geo Law

A master doodler, Geo creates work with "plenty of colour, character and narrative to sink your eyes into".

Seiko Kinoshita

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

Leila Johnston

A polymath artist whose playful work tests and disrupts the ways that we understand art.

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.

Rob Lee

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

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.

Neil Woodall

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

Sarah Villeneau

An artist working with clay to capture organic textures and movements in abstract sculptures and vessels.

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.

Andrew Hunt

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

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.

Donna Brewins

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

Sheffield Creative Guild

A community of over 550 creative members, sharing inspiration, pooling ideas, and nurturing collaboration.

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.

James Green

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