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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

The Millowners Arms, Alma Street, S3 8RY

Non-traditional life drawing classes, aiming to spark new ideas through artist inspiration and set design. Join in this summer in Kelham Island.

Quayside Market

Multiple dates

Victoria Quays, S2 5SY

A monthly market by the water in the beautiful Victoria Quays. Bringing craft stalls, street food, craft beer and live music to the historic cobbles.

Alpaca Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Holly Hagg Community Farm Alpacas, Stephen Hill, S10 5AG

Get creative as you draw these wonderful creatures at Holly Hagg Community Farm, overlooking the Rivelin Valley. All drawing abilities and children are welcome.

Where Do We Draw The Line?

Fri. 29 July 2022 — Sun. 21 August 2022

Yorkshire Artspace

An exhibition of paintings by Nepali artist Manish Harijan exploring migration, memory and mythology.

Sheffield Bricktropolis

Sat. 6 August 2022 — Sun. 21 August 2022

Calling all Lego fans young and old. Join in some dino-themed brick-building fun this August. With a trail of dinosaur models, a showcase of unique creations from super builders, a Lego and Duplo play zone, and chance to help build a giant mosaic.

Living with the Past

Sat. 16 July 2022 — Sat. 27 August 2022

Cupola Gallery

A group exhibition of artworks that explore how the past acts as a foundation for the future.

ArtWorks Open Studios

Sat. 3 September 2022

SOAR Works, 14 Knutton Road, Parson Cross, S5 9NU

A showcase of completed and in-progress work by ArtWorks, a collective of artists with learning disabilities and/or autism. Plus the chance to meet some of the artists and hear about their working processes and sources of inspiration.

Buildings and Rivers terracotta workshop

Sat. 3 September 2022

Cupola Gallery

Build a ceramic piece inspired by Sheffield's buildings and rivers, all under the expert supervision of ceramic artist Krishna Alageswaran. Each session lasts an hour and a half and is suitable for all ages.

Offering from the River – Artist Talk

Sat. 3 September 2022

GLOAM Gallery

Hear from artist and researcher Victoria Sharples about the ideas behind their exhibition at GLOAM Gallery. They'll share their thoughts on human and non-human ecologies and collective approaches to making.

Central Library Sheffield Showcase

Sat. 3 September 2022

Sheffield Central Library

A free day of fun and inspiring activities for all ages. Discover local history from the archives at a series of talks. Get social over board games. And get creative with craft and art activities.

Saturday Art Workshop: Liquid Thinking – Exploring Shape and Colour in Paint

Sat. 3 September 2022

Graves Gallery

Join artist Paul Evans for an exciting and intensive practical workshop exploring a range of materials and techniques for abstract painting.

Sheffield Showcase

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

A collaborative weekend-long event, showcasing the variety of cultural activity that takes place in Sheffield. With film screenings, music performances, art exhibits, family-friendly activities, and more.

Out & About: Sustainability Weekend

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

An inspiring weekend of family-friendly activity focussed on creative ways of being environmentally conscious. Featuring a wind-powered sculpture. Wild fizzy drinks. Turning pee into plant food. Making ink from foraged plants. And lots more.

Art in the Gardens 2022

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

One of the largest outdoor art exhibitions in the North. Pick up pieces of art direct from the many artists and craftspeople – all while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Open Up Sheffield Showcase

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

DINA

Open Up Sheffield is one of the country's biggest open studio events. Discover work by some of the artists who took part in this year's event, at this free exhibition at DINA.

Offering from the River

Fri. 26 August 2022 — Sun. 11 September 2022

GLOAM Gallery

An exhibition by Victoria Sharples exploring spiritual and scientific ecologies. With performance, laboratory readings and a collection of artefacts, looking at biological and machine matter.

Festival of the Mind

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events. Returning in September 2022 – dates and details coming soon.

Creative Connections Sheffield

Thu. 30 June 2022 — Sun. 2 October 2022

Millennium Gallery

Who are the people that represent Sheffield? From pioneers and performers to athletes and artists, this portrait exhibition celebrates the public figures connected with our city.

No Bounds

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 16 October 2022

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. Earlybird weekend passes on sale now.

The Football Art Prize

Thu. 21 July 2022 — Sun. 30 October 2022

Millennium Gallery

A celebration of the beautiful game. With painting, photography, film and memorabilia that many a hardened supporter will identify with. And such a variety of artworks that non-fans will find something to enjoy. Read our exhibition review.

Johny Pitts: Home is Not a Place

Thu. 11 August 2022 — Sat. 24 December 2022

Graves Gallery

What is Black Britain? In 2021, Sheffield-born photographer and writer, Johny Pitts, joined by poet Roger Robinson, followed the British coast in search of an answer.

Brought to Light: The Remarkable Bateman Collection

Fri. 27 May 2022 — Sun. 15 January 2023

Weston Park Museum

Thomas Bateman was a pioneering Victorian antiquarian. Much of Sheffield's collections of local archaeology, minerals, ceramics, metalwork and fossils can be traced back to him. Explore Bateman’s legacy and the origins of civic museum collections.

Young Critics: Not Without My Ghosts

Millennium Gallery

In May 2022, the Young Critics visited an exhibition of art inspired by spiritualism and the paranormal at Millennium Gallery. After exploring the strange and otherworldly art, they took part in a workshop with Sile Sibanda to write these responses.