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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.

Giant Dolls' House Project: At Home in Sheffield

Multiple dates

Join in a collaborative art project led by architect Catja de Haas, creating a community of dolls' houses made out of shoeboxes. Contribute to the installation at one of two workshops, followed by a storytelling session with Nana-Essi Casely-Hayford.

Modern Living

Multiple dates

Department of Art and Design, Sheffield Hallam University, Head Post Office Building, Fitzalan Square, S1 2AY

Graphic designers and illustrators from Sheffield Hallam Uni explore the past, present and future of social housing – delving into archives, remembering their experiences growing up in council properties, and responding to the current housing crisis.

Fantastical Cities

Sat. 23 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

Construct a fantasy cityscape from cardboard and Lego at this drop-in workshop, designed to inspire the architects of the future.

Painting Botanicals with Flora Menager

Sat. 23 November 2019

The Art House

Participants will learn painting techniques specifically suited to painting flowers in watercolour.

Photographing Gleadless Valley

Sat. 23 November 2019

Holy Cross Church, Gleadless Valley, Spotswood Mount, S14 1LG

Earlier this month photographer Stephen Marland and local history enthusiast Mick Nott led a free Photo Walk in Gleadless Valley. See the results from the Photo Walk in this exhibition at the estate's awe-inspiring 1960s hill-top church.

Bauhaus Ball

Sat. 23 November 2019

Sidney + Matilda

It may have been one of the world's most famous art and design schools, but the Bauhaus wasn't all about learning. It also knew how to party! Join GRL. DJs for a night of dancing inspired by the Bauhaus art school's legendary fancy-dress parties.

Forgotten Bauhaus Women

Sat. 23 November 2019

Sidney + Matilda

When people think of the Bauhaus they often think of names like Gropius, Klee and Kandinsky. What about the women students, why did they become overshadowed? Design enthusiast Lauren Rickards gives an informal talk on four forgotten Bauhaus women.

Talking Buildings

Sat. 23 November 2019

Site Gallery

Join artists Peter Martin and Jon Cannon to bring Sheffield landmarks to life at this drop-in workshop for kids and young people. You'll turn buildings into animated characters through collage, green screen visual effects, and voiceover recording.

Concrete Crafts with Bright Box

Sat. 23 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

Bright Box Makerspace create playful spaces to explore tech, engineering and arts. Join Kisha Bradley at this drop-in workshop to get hands-on with concrete – an essential material in Bauhaus architecture. Suitable for ages 8+.

Bauhaus Bags with Craft Lab

Sat. 23 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

Based on Bauhaus principles of colour theory, you will be playing with colours, shapes and composition to block print tote bags at this drop-in workshop.

Being Human

Thu. 14 November 2019 — Sat. 23 November 2019

Kelham Island Museum

A national festival of the humanities. The University of Sheffield presents an exploration of this year's theme of myths, dreams and love through a free programme of immersive events, projections, theatre, food, music and talks.

Sheffield Modern

Fri. 22 November 2019 — Sun. 24 November 2019

An arts festival inspired by the city's architecture. With exhibitions, talks, walks, family-focussed workshops, installations, film screenings, and more.

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.

Sonic Intrigues

Sat. 23 November 2019 — Sun. 24 November 2019

David Mellor Design Museum

A sound installation in David Mellor’s cutlery workshop in Hathersage, created by sound art collective SONA. Inspired by and experimenting with sounds from the factory floor and stages of the assembly cycle – stamping, filing, grinding, polishing.

Sip and Shimmer: Painting with Real Gold with Colette Cameron

Fri. 29 November 2019

The Art House

Learn how to use sheets of real gold leaf within your painting to create shimmering magical effects.

Regeneration

Mon. 4 November 2019 — Sat. 30 November 2019

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5TR

Seventeen artists based at Yorkshire Artspace's Exchange Place Studios respond to the theme of regeneration.

David Fennell-Roberts

Thu. 7 November 2019 — Sun. 1 December 2019

The Dorothy Pax, Arch 17, Wharf Street, Victoria Quays, S2 5SY

A canalside exhibition of landscapes, natural and man-made, by painter and printmaker David Fennell-Roberts.

Perspectives

Mon. 18 November 2019 — Sun. 1 December 2019

Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Sheffield Photographic Society's annual exhibition.
Presenting work from 42 members, ranging from street photography to natural history, landscapes to portraiture, architecture to travel.

The Drawing Room Christmas Market

Sat. 7 December 2019 — Sun. 8 December 2019

The Drawing Room GSA, 1st Floor, 58 Broad Lane, S1 4BT

The Drawing Room is a cosy art space inspired by the work of prolific but unknown abstract artist Gordon Snee. Join them over mince pies and mulled wine at a market with original paintings, prints and cards by a small number of independent artists

Festive Gifts and Decorations

Wed. 6 November 2019 — Wed. 11 December 2019

The Art House

Join pottery tutor Charlotte Berry to make a series of festive gifts from clay over this six-week pottery course held each Wednesday.

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sat. 14 December 2019

S1 Artspace

A beguiling film and exhibition inspired by Park Hill’s iconic architecture and its 1960s social experiment, and exploring wellbeing through looking at buildings as organisms. Does social planning have social effect? Read our review.

Darren O'Brien – Sharrow Vale and the Antiques Quarter

Sat. 14 December 2019 — Sun. 15 December 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

A weekend-long exhibition and an afternoon of talks in the Picture House's Fly Tower, launching local photographer Darren O'Brien's new photo book documenting life in Sharrow Vale and the Antiques Quarter.

Artistic Development with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Wed. 6 November 2019 — Wed. 18 December 2019

The Art House

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

Introduction to Oil Painting with Marcin Szuba

Wed. 20 November 2019 — Wed. 18 December 2019

The Art House

A fun five-week course introducing oil painting – suitable for all abilities.

Peter Barber: 100 Mile City and Other Stories

Fri. 22 November 2019 — Fri. 20 December 2019

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

An exhibition by acclaimed British architect Peter Barber, who has dedicated much of his working life to designing social housing. Exploring issues presented by the housing crisis, and the role architecture might play in creating a more humane city.

Mapping Sheffield

Tue. 1 October 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

Sheffield Central Library

Explore Sheffield’s rich history through the magic of maps, dating from 1610 to the present day.

Birdsong in Winter

Sun. 8 December 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

Yorkshire Artspace - Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5TR

An exhibition of work in mosaic and wood by Diana Storey and Henk Littlewood.

Handmade for Christmas

Fri. 25 October 2019 — Sun. 29 December 2019

Millennium Gallery

Millennium Gallery's annual Christmas shop returns. With gift ideas for everyone, from over 70 skilled artists, designers and craftspeople.

Symbol

Sat. 23 November 2019 — Sat. 4 January 2020

Cupola Gallery

Cupola's Christmas exhibition – featuring a wonderful array of work from 55 artists responding to the theme of ‘Symbol’, with paintings, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, installation, glassware and jewellery.

Rewriting The Future

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sun. 26 January 2020

Site Gallery

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

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.