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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.

Sheffield Waterfront Festival

Sat. 21 September 2019

Victoria Quays and Exchange Street

Celebrate the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal's 200th birthday with one big day of fun on and around the water. With boat trips, canoeing, live street art and music by day, followed by more live music and DJs in Exchange Street into the early hours.

Photomarathon Sheffield

Sat. 28 September 2019

Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Ready, set, snap! Booking opens on Monday 29th July at midday – with a limited number of free places for under-16s.

Have a Word

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sat. 28 September 2019

S1 Artspace

An Exhibition of Lyrics and Typography from Sheffield's favourite graffiti artist-musician – filling the gallery and spilling out onto walls of currently unoccupied areas in the surrounding Park Hill estate.

What is the Matter?

Thu. 12 September 2019 — Sun. 29 September 2019

Kelham Island Museum

An exhibition of sculptural works by women artists from the Material Voice collective, responding to artefacts and stories from the museum’s displays and collections. Read our review.

Salon 19: In Conversation with Alex Farrar

Wed. 2 October 2019

Bloc Projects

To coincide with his new exhibition 'The exhibition will be titled after its installation', artist Alex Farrar will be in conversation with Bloc Projects Director, David McLeavy.

Women Invent The Future

Tue. 8 October 2019

Site Gallery

Join Site for a talk and workshop with Rachel Coldicutt, the editor of an anthology of speculative fiction from feminist perspectives.

Preview – Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure

Thu. 10 October 2019

S1 Artspace

A new film exploring the links between architecture, health and community wellbeing through the lens of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate.

Beyond The Real

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a variety of works in different mediums.


Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show, bringing to Cupola a mix of works on the theme of Not Safe For Work.

Fall, slump, drop on a bedside cabinet in water...

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Bloc Projects

An exhibition by Alex Farrar about despairing bodies, collapsing under the weight of a climate catastrophe – which feels uncomfortably familiar. Read our Hannah's review and visit the flooded gallery to see it up close.

No Bounds

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sun. 13 October 2019

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, poetry, and workshops.

Making Masterpieces in Sheffield & Venice

Fri. 18 October 2019

Exchange Street, S2 5TR

A big day of creative activities and an evening of projections, celebrating John Ruskin and Renaissance painter Jacopo Tintoretto – happening simultaneously in Sheffield’s Castlegate and Venice.

Introduction to Sculpture

Tue. 17 September 2019 — Tue. 22 October 2019

The Art House

Join potter Krishna Alageswaran for a six-week pottery course exploring abstract or figurative work in your own personal style.

Council Skies – Pete McKee

Tue. 22 October 2019

Auditorium, University of Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Based on his legendary status and the fact 10,000 visitors went to his This Class Works exhibition in 2018, it's surprising that Pete McKee only started painting in 2004. This illustrated talk will delve into his upbringing, influences and new book.

Pots for the Home

Wed. 18 September 2019 — Wed. 23 October 2019

The Art House

Join this pottery course and create a number of functional objects to come in handy around the home.

It Moves Forward

Sat. 20 July 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

Graves Gallery

An exhibition of the work of Richard Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of Pop Art.

The Unknown

Thu. 19 September 2019 — Sun. 27 October 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

How do we visualise the invisible? With this series of paintings and VR landscapes, Arantza Pardo explores the often subtle boundary between art and science. Plus, there's chance to join in a virtual reality painting session.

Children's Pottery Experience

Tue. 29 October 2019

The Art House

Use a potter’s wheel and make a small hand-built pot or model, which you can then decorate and have fired in the kiln.

Squaring the Circle

Fri. 6 September 2019 — Thu. 31 October 2019

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW

An exhibition of striking work by Stephen Carley and Nick Grindrod – each led by the way materials behave, self-imposed parameters, and intuitive mark-making. Read our Sean's review.

Joanna Whittle

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of both real and imagined landscapes by a local painter.

Pauline Rignall

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of paintings.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 16 November 2019 — Sun. 17 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

A weekend of nosying around some of the most fascinating artists' studios in town.

Joe Scarborough: Life in the Big Village

Sat. 17 August 2019 — Sun. 24 November 2019

Weston Park Museum

Over 60 paintings and drawings from the 50-year career of one of Sheffield's best-loved artists.

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sat. 14 December 2019

S1 Artspace

A new film and exhibition by artist Ilona Sagar, exploring the links between architecture, health and community wellbeing through the lens of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate.

Rewriting The Future

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sun. 26 January 2020

Site Gallery

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