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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

Rewriting The Future

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sun. 26 January 2020

Site Gallery

Exploring alternative narratives on gender, power, ecology and community.

Sketchbook Weekend with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

Two whole days learning the art of keeping a sketchbook, including outdoor sketching in Weston Park.

Abstract Acrylics with Flora Menager

Fri. 1 February 2019 — Sat. 1 February 2020

The Art House

This workshop will show you where to begin with abstract painting – covering the basics of abstraction, tapping into the sub-conscious, composition, and colour theory.

The Pottery Experience

Multiple dates

The Art House

A full-day workshop providing a great introduction to traditional hand-building techniques and giving you a guided session on the electric potter’s wheel. 

Under the Bed Sale

Sat. 11 January 2020 — Sat. 1 February 2020

Cupola Gallery

The annual Cupola New Year sale returns – with around 3000 pieces on offer from 100 artists, with prices starting as low as £1.

An Introduction to Spinning with Dee Sayce

Sat. 8 February 2020

The Art House

Learn to spin sheep fleece and other fibres to create unique, colourful and textured yarns.

Drawing for the Terrified Part 2 with Anna Massey

Mon. 6 January 2020 — Mon. 10 February 2020

The Art House

A 6-week course is for anyone unconfident in their drawing skills – covering perspective, mark making, tone and techniques.

Travels with a Sketchbook with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

From taking new creative journeys to taking your sketchbook on holiday – this course will show you how to make a success of it.

Learning to Draw with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

Learn the fundamental techniques needed to create realistic drawings which capture the illusion of 3D objects on the page.

Watercolours for Beginners with Flora Menager

Multiple dates

The Art House

This fun, five-week introductory course is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in painting.

Absolute Beginners Acrylics with Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

Focusing on using acrylics, you'll be shown how the masters worked and how to interpret these techniques into a style all of your own.

Beginners Lino Printing with Colette Cameron

Tue. 7 January 2020 — Tue. 11 February 2020

The Art House

Learn the techniques to design and carve your own lino prints at this 6-week course.

Animal Sculpture with Krishna Alageswaran

Tue. 7 January 2020 — Tue. 11 February 2020

The Art House

A 6-week pottery course helping you to make a standing figure of an animal of your choice.

Artistic Development with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course offering a practical approach to developing all aspects of artistic development in a wide range media.

Life Drawing with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A class suitable for both beginners and experienced students alike.

Illustrating Children's Books with Carl Flint

Wed. 8 January 2020 — Wed. 12 February 2020

The Art House

A fun and accessible course focussing on ideas and development through roughs and sketches.

Portraiture Drawing Techniques with Flora Menager

Wed. 15 January 2020 — Wed. 12 February 2020

The Art House

Learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw people through the practice of looking at a model and self-portraiture.

Experimental Life Drawing with Flora Menager

Multiple dates

The Art House

A fun 5-week life drawing course, to help participants build confidence in representing the figure on paper.

Mindful Photography with Don Murray

Wed. 8 January 2020 — Wed. 12 February 2020

The Art House

Over six weeks you'll explore how you can use photography as a mindful practice.

Pots for the Kitchen with Charlotte Berry

Wed. 8 January 2020 — Wed. 12 February 2020

The Art House

Hand build functional pots for your kitchen using a variety of hand building techniques such as coiling, slabbing and pinching.

The Art of Watercolour with John Kerr

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course for all abilities – the beginner or those with some experience who are looking to develop their skills and technique further. 

Interior Design with Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to approach any interior design project with confidence.

Sculptured Head and Shoulders

Sat. 15 February 2020

The Art House

Make your own stylised ceramic human head/bust using pottery handbuilding techniques.

Saturday Wheel

Multiple dates

The Art House

A pottery course for beginners and improvers, teaching the core skills of throwing on a potter's wheel.

GAZE: A Retrospective of Portraits by Lorna May Wadsworth

Sat. 9 November 2019 — Sat. 15 February 2020

Graves Gallery

Portraiture from the 25-year career of Sheffield-based artist Lorna May Wadsworth, challenging the constraints of what we think a portrait is. Read our review.

Art Club

Sat. 18 January 2020 — Sat. 15 February 2020

The Art House

A fun weekly art club for 8-to-12-year-olds. With activities including watercolour and acrylic painting, marbling, drawing, sculpture, and more.

Collage Club

Multiple dates

Cutlery Works

A monthly craft social for adults, bringing people together for a fun and cosy morning of cake, chat and collage.

Tulpa: Allan Gardner & Sean Patrick Campbell

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 22 February 2020

Bloc Projects

Tulpa is a collaborative exhibition of works from two artists whose work explores cultural myths, fear, control, and the relationships between the personal, social, philosophical and psychological.

Wetlands

Tue. 19 November 2019 — Sat. 29 February 2020

DINA

An earthy and sensual collection of figures, fauna and horses by London-based artist Jessica Jane Charleston in DINA Diner – comprised of the largest linocuts she's printed yet, alongside small jewel-like oils on board.

Raku Tea Bowls with Mike Scown

Wed. 29 January 2020 — Wed. 11 March 2020

The Art House

Make and fire tea bowls using techniques inspired by the 16th-century Japanese tradition of Raku.

Drawing Techniques: People, Places and Things with Flora Menager

Sat. 29 February 2020 — Sat. 14 March 2020

The Art House

A crash course in a variety of techniques to help you see and depict all types of subject matter.

Bloc Projects Members Show 2020

Fri. 28 February 2020 — Sat. 14 March 2020

Bloc Projects

The Bloc Projects Members Show is an annual group exhibition that forms a key part of their yearly curated programme and made up of work selected from an open call to Bloc Projects Members.

Advanced Wheel

Mon. 6 January 2020 — Mon. 16 March 2020

The Art House

A 10-week pottery course for students who are already competent in the fundamentals of throwing.

Perched Birds

Sat. 21 March 2020

The Art House

Learn how to make and decorate a ceramic perched bird sculpture at this pottery workshop. 

Painting with Acrylics: People, Places and Things with Flora Menager

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 23 March 2020

The Art House

A 5-week course giving you chance to learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques to represent things, people and places.

Watercolour for Beginners Part 2

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 23 March 2020

The Art House

Develop your style and delve deeper into the art of watercolour painting.

Beginner Wheel

Multiple dates

The Art House

Learn the core skills of throwing on a potter's wheel at this eleven-week course.

Beginners Drawing Techniques with Flora Menager

Multiple dates

The Art House

A 5-week course for absolute beginners or intermediate students, offering an introduction to the fundamentals of art.

Beyond First Impressions: History of Art with Janice Speddings

Tue. 25 February 2020 — Tue. 24 March 2020

The Art House

Do you want to get know a Caravaggio from a Cassatt or a Rossetti from a Rubens? Then this is the course for you!

Surface Decoration with Krishna Alageswaran

Tue. 25 February 2020 — Tue. 24 March 2020

The Art House

Learn how to use coloured slips, oxides and under-glaze colours with confidence at this 5-week pottery course.

Feet, Hands and Faces with Flora Menager

Wed. 26 February 2020 — Wed. 25 March 2020

The Art House

A drawing course where you'll learn to draw –or improve your drawings of – what are considered to be the most difficult parts of the body to portray competently.

Absolute Beginners Oil Painting with Marcin Szuba

Wed. 26 February 2020 — Wed. 25 March 2020

The Art House

In this course you'll learn the fundamentals of handling paint and composition, and observe tonal values and colour relationships.

Glaze Technology with Krishna Alageswaran

Thu. 27 February 2020 — Thu. 26 March 2020

The Art House

A short pottery course exploring both the chemistry and the breadth of application techniques using stoneware glazes.

Watercolours for the Terrified with Anna Massey

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 30 March 2020

The Art House

This six-week introduction to watercolours is suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to learn from scratch.

Loved&Lost

Sat. 14 December 2019 — Mon. 13 April 2020

Weston Park Museum

A beautiful, intensely moving exploration of loss and grief by documentary photographer Simon Bray. Read our review.