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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.

Sci-Fi Poetry & Art Workshop

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Join spoken word artist and theatre maker Edalia Day for a workshop using sci-fi, robots, aliens and space travel to explore neurodiversity, disability, gender, and the idea of being an outsider. See where your imagination takes you.

The People's Palace of Possibility

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

Help us to build the People’s Palace of Possibility in this participatory installation created by The Bare Project. Discover distant utopias, cast off your fears for the future, and begin to create a better one.

A Future Fantastic

Thu. 4 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

You're invited to imagine, and start making, a world which looks closer to paradise than apocalypse. The festival brings together theatre, installation, workshops, discussions and circus, to explore ideas of protest, performance and utopia-building.

Mobility Justice Tours

Thu. 18 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

S1 Artspace

RESOLVE teams up with writer/editor/researcher George Kafka and urban designer Sheeba Shetty to lead a number of tours and workshops looking at how we traverse our city and what our access to different places and modes of transport tells us about it.

From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism

Mon. 17 June 2019 — Wed. 24 July 2019

Kelham Island Museum

A series of talks, walks and performances in Kelham Island, looking at untold stories of the area's transformation, urban regeneration, and hipster enterprise.


Sat. 6 July 2019 — Sat. 27 July 2019

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5SZ

Floral-themed pieces from 30 artists from the UK and Europe, plus chances to get hands-on in creative painting and perfume making workshops.

Nordic By Nature: Modern Design and Prints

Sat. 4 May 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Weston Park Museum

A small piece of Scandinavia has come to Sheffield.

A Strange Weave of Time and Space

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Site Gallery

An exhibition and research project looking at aura and authenticity in a post-digital world.

Bloc Projects Members Show 2019

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sat. 3 August 2019

Bloc Projects

A selection of work by artists from across the UK who are currently benefitting from being part of the Bloc Projects Members Scheme.

[Public] Bodies & Organ[isation]s Panel Discussion

Fri. 9 August 2019

S1 Artspace

London-based social enterprise Public Practice will host a public discussion around local governance and how our participation can make positive change. The event will also showcase some of their innovative public-sector work and research.

Listening Party with EYESORE Magazine

Fri. 16 August 2019

S1 Artspace

How have themes such as gender, race, mental health and ableism shaped familiar stories of Sheffield? Gather together to hear the conversations recorded with EYESORE through their work with RESOLVE in Sheffield.

RESOLVE Collective Closing Party

Thu. 22 August 2019

S1 Artspace

Bringing together various aspects of RESOLVE’s two-month gallery residency at S1 Artspace, the closing party will showcase some of the stories, projects and relationships RESOLVE have found and made during their time in Sheffield.

Makers Mark

Sat. 13 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a mix of artists, works and mediums.

RESOLVE Collective: The Garage

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

This summer, interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE will transform S1 Artspace into a "living archive" – with a series of events that explore how we feel about our shared built environment.

Lucy Freeman

Mon. 1 July 2019 — Sat. 31 August 2019


Lucy merges the traditional crafts of embroidery and printmaking with vibrant contemporary design, fresh colour palettes and lush botanical imagery. She's exhibiting work and running a pair of workshops in DINA Diner this summer.

Platform 2019

Thu. 8 August 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

Site Gallery

Highlights of work by the first five artists on the Freelands Artists Programme, an initiative supporting emerging artists in Sheffield City Region.


Fri. 26 July 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

The Viewing Room, Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

A solo show by Peter Blake, AKA the Godfather of British Pop Art.

John Ruskin: Art and Wonder

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Sun. 15 September 2019

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of artworks, books and artefacts exploring John Ruskin's thinking on art and natural history, 200 years on from his birth.

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.

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.

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.

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.