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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.

Half Term Workshop with Lucy Vann

Tue. 18 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join Platform artist Lucy Vann for a workshop exploring sentimentality in the language and construction of pop music. For ages 14+.

The Invention Station: Meet and Make

Multiple dates

Kelham Island Museum

Join Kelham Island Museum to make your own mini 3D birdhouse. Experiment with different materials in the Engine Room at this workshop inspired by the museum's current exhibition Stand.

Making Planters for Families

Wed. 19 February 2020

Bright Box Makerspace

A relaxed and friendly woodworking workshop suitable for beginners. Pairs of children and adults can come together to create their very own planter to take home – all tools, materials and protective equipment provided, as well as teas and coffees.

Exhibition Preview: Points of Rupture

Thu. 20 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join Site Gallery for the preview of Phoebe Davies's first solo exhibition, Points of Rupture.

Identity, Culture and Work: The Art of Tomoko Sawada

Thu. 20 February 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Tomoko Sawada is a Japanese contemporary feminist photographer and performance artist. Her work explores ideas of identity, status, culture, individualism, and conformity through traditional and contemporary methods.

Space Week

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

Manor Lodge

Manor Lodge is blasting off this half-term with a week of holiday crafts all on the theme of space. Make space dust rockets, solar system scenes and pocket rocket gliders – and, while you're there, play in the sandpit and lavender labyrinth too.

Lunchtime Talk: Proud! How to Find Yourself in History – Queering the Ancient World

Fri. 21 February 2020

Weston Park Museum

Explore some of the ways we can use stories from the ancient world to think about modern LGBT+ identities, and how we can use LGBT+ identities to reflect back on the ancient world.

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.

Beats with Joseph Bond

Sat. 22 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join artist and basketball coach Joseph Bond for a family workshop exploring sound recording, sampling and beat making using samples from Site Gallery's current exhibition.

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.

FreeDome Festival

Thu. 20 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

Barker’s Pool, S1 2JA

A free four-day arts extravaganza, in a dome that was originally built in the Jungle refugee and migrant camp in Calais. Creating a welcoming space for new connections, conversations and creations through music, poetry, dance, painting, and more.

Discovery Days: Incredible Egypt

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

Weston Park Museum

Celebrate the opening of Weston Park Museum's brand new Ancient Egypt gallery with Egyptian-themed crafts and fun. You'll be getting inspired by everything from mummies and myths, to pyramids, pharaohs and the art of hieroglyphics.

Spaces for Creation Symposium

Thu. 27 February 2020

Site Gallery

A symposium to wrap up the City of Ideas series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. With leading artists, architects, urbanists and public designers.

Something Wild – City of Ideas Party

Thu. 27 February 2020

Site Gallery

Wild Combination have explored parks and hedges, planned and unplanned growth between our streets, identifying edibles all around us. Join them to celebrate the wild spaces within our city’s built environment, through the joy of food and drink!

Neighbourhood Quiz

Thu. 27 February 2020

Nice Neighbourhood

Join the Neighbourhood monthly quiz! Covering topics from art and design to science and nature, with rounds designed to test your knowledge and your team's creativity.

Empire Hangover

Fri. 31 January 2020 — Fri. 28 February 2020

Sidney + Matilda

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by mixed media artist Dan Cimmermann, interrogating British identity, class divide, and social behaviour. Read our review.

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.

Transmission: Platform Artists In Conversation

Tue. 3 March 2020

Charles Street Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, 33 Charles Street, S1 2ND

Join Site Gallery curator Angelica Sule for a conversation with artists Alison J. Carr, Yuen Fong Ling, Zoyander Street, Lucy Vann, and Siân Williams.

LATE: IWD – She Draws the Line x SheFest 2020

Fri. 6 March 2020

Millennium Gallery

Mark International Women’s Day with an evening of inspiring talks, activities, stalls, craftivism and workshops shining a spotlight on women artists, makers and creators.

Late: IWD – She Draws the Line x SheFest

Fri. 6 March 2020

Millennium Gallery

Celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening of craftivism, workshops, inspirational talks and activities. This Late is all about celebrating female artists and steering away from the male-focused art narrative to shine the spotlight on women.

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. 

New Tricks: SLR Filmmaking

Sat. 7 March 2020

Site Gallery

Learn how to work the camera and capture your own footage at this beginners' workshop.

Landmass

Mon. 2 March 2020 — Sat. 7 March 2020

Sidney + Matilda

A sonic and visual portrait of the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, created by sound art collective SONA – using photography, field recordings, data visualisation and sonification techniques.

Anti Diet Riot Club Bus

Sat. 7 March 2020

Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 2LA

Hop aboard the UK’s first body positivity bus as it delivers intimate women-led workshops on building self-love and acceptance. With Life Drawing, including the chance to model, and Gratitude Journaling where you’ll explore the power of gratitude.

Stand

Sun. 26 January 2020 — Sun. 8 March 2020

Kelham Island Museum

A sculptural sound installation, reinterpreting the museum's collections through contemporary art – drawing connections between the processes of making, the products made, and mental wellbeing. Read our review.

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.

Spinning Wrists: Synaptic Island Listening Session

Thu. 12 March 2020

Site Gallery

Join DJ collective Synaptic Island for a listening session for female, non binary and trans identifying people and local collectives – sharing influences in sound, music and sampling.

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.

Curator Tour: Points of Rupture

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Join Site Gallery's curator Angelica Sule for an informal tour of Phoebe Davies's Points of Rupture.

Photomarathon Sheffield

Sat. 21 March 2020

Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Ready, set, snap! Photomarathon Sheffield is a fun photography adventure for all ages. Booking opens on Thursday 30th January at midday – with a limited number of free places for under-16s and charitable organisations.

Perched Birds

Sat. 21 March 2020

The Art House

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

FoxDot with Lucy Cheesman

Sat. 21 March 2020

Site Gallery

In this family friendly workshop, turn sound samples from the Points of Rupture exhibition into musical compositions using live coding software FoxDot.

Art Battle Sheffield

Sat. 21 March 2020

92 Burton Rd, Sheffield S3 8DA

The global live art tournament comes to Sheffield! Watch artists compete live – transforming blank canvas to finished works in a fixed 20 minutes – and vote for your favourite to go through to the next round.

Transient Lines

Tue. 17 March 2020 — Sun. 22 March 2020

Bloc Projects

New artwork from four artists – Deborah Lee, Myfanwy Williams, Clee Claire Lee, and Katie Jamieson – which both celebrates and decries boundaries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lead Stance: Wrestling in Conversation

Fri. 27 March 2020

Site Gallery

Artist Phoebe Davies and curator Angelica Sule are joined by champion wrestlers Ine Barlie and Sofia Aak, and cinematographer Marte Vol to discuss physicality and gender representation in film and contact based sports.

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.

Easter Holiday Workshop with Maud Haya-Baviera

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Join the Platform artist for a two -part workshop investigating narratives of British history told through archival images. For ages 14+.

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.

New Tricks: Video Editing

Sat. 4 April 2020

Site Gallery

Understand the basics of video editing software Adobe Premiere and learn how different cuts and transitions can impact your film.

Sharrow Lantern Carnival

Sun. 5 April 2020

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Each spring, a huge parade of wild and wonderful creations illuminates the streets to the south of the city.

Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales

Sat. 18 January 2020 — Sun. 12 April 2020

Millennium Gallery

Spectacular paintings inspired by the 14th-century artist known as Black Pen – whose work crossed the borders of Turkey, Iran, China and Mongolia, depicting demons, nomadic lifestyles and ancient cultures. Read our review.

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.

Taking Hold

Thu. 16 April 2020

Site Gallery

Join Phoebe Davies for this artist talk and screening – where she'll discuss her practice and solo exhibition interspersed with clips, references and videos that have shaped her practice.

Soundscapes with Marlo De Lara and Sarah Statham

Sat. 18 April 2020

Site Gallery

Experiment with instruments and sound technology at this family-friendly workshop using sounds from the Points of Rupture exhibition as inspiration.

Exhibition Tour with the Society of Explorers

Sat. 25 April 2020

Site Gallery

Join the young people from Society of Explorers for an informal walk through Site Gallery's current exhibition, Points of Rupture.

Palm to Palm: Movement Workshop

Sat. 2 May 2020

Site Gallery

Artist and choreographer duo Bhebhe&Davies lead an intergenerational workshop exploring physicality and performance for camera, drawing on dance, resistance training, sports drills, and other systems of movement.

Movement with Angga Kara

Sat. 16 May 2020

Site Gallery

Collaborate with artist, coach and choreographer Angga Kara in this family-friendly workshop.

Points of Rupture

Fri. 21 February 2020 — Sun. 17 May 2020

Site Gallery

An exhibition of new moving image work, a soundscape and installation by Phoebe Davies, exploring tactility, training and the recovery of athletes engaged in contact sports.

Bloc Billboard: Robin Waart

Fri. 28 February 2020 — Sun. 24 May 2020

Bloc Projects

Artist Robin Waart is the first artist to present work as part of the 2020 billboard programme on the side of the gallery on Eyre Lane.

Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

Sat. 25 April 2020 — Sun. 21 June 2020

Millennium Gallery

One day in the life of the city, from the perspective of the entrants in this year's Photomarathon photography challenge.

Proud! Telling LGBT+ Stories in Sheffield

Tue. 1 October 2019 — Fri. 31 July 2020

Weston Park Museum

A display created in collaboration with LGBT+ people living in Sheffield, exploring the city's LGBT+ history and contemporary life.

Sheffield Ceramics Festival

Sat. 19 September 2020 — Sun. 20 September 2020

Walled Garden, Meersbrook Park, S8 9FB

Pottery and sculpture in beautiful surroundings.