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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.

Sheffield Museums Live: 'Black Art' and the Blk Art Group

Wed. 28 July 2021

In this live steamed talk, Dr Elizabeth Robles from the University of Bristol, will explore key artworks by members of the Blk Art Group.

Family Activities: Bears!

Multiple dates

Inspired by the Sheffield Bears, design a bear that could live in a museum or gallery. It could be camouflaged against modern art, live in a river or time-travel to 100 years ago.

Family Activities: Play With Paint!

Fri. 30 July 2021

Millennium Gallery

Create your own gloriously imaginative and colourful masterpiece at Millennium Gallery's family session.

Reclaiming the Rainbow Photo Challenge

Mon. 21 June 2021 — Sun. 1 August 2021

A new photo challenge organised by Andro and Eve, aimed at increasing the visibility of the South Yorkshire LGBTQ+ community.

Family Activities: Sheffield Inventions

Multiple dates

Sheffield people have invented all sorts of things – from stainless steel to shorthand; from artificial bones to bobsleds. This is your chance to design your own Sheffield invention that could make the world a better place!

Museum Youth: Abstract Art Workshop

Fri. 6 August 2021

Millennium Gallery

Take part in some joyful ‘serious play.’ Push paint to its limits and explore how to create depth, contrast and a real sense of excitement and joy on paper and canvas. Open to anyone aged 14–25.

Free Digital Art Workshops

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

This summer, Site Gallery and Kollective Kitchen are taking part in Sheffield Healthy Holidays, a citywide initiative offering free activities and healthy lunches for young people who qualify for free school meals.

Family Activities: Thaumatropes

Multiple dates

Before TVs and Tiktok, children had to make their own moving pictures and special effects using just paper and pencils and string. Try your hand at this Victorian craft – and find out how it helped scientists understand how our eyes work.

Platform 20: Heavy Water – in-conversation with Maud Haya-Baviera, Joanna Whittle + Victoria Lucas

Tue. 10 August 2021

Join Angelica Sule, Programme Director at Site Gallery, for an online panel discussion with artists Maud Haya-Baviera, Joanna Whittle and Victoria Lucas.

Hillsborough Park Explorers

Multiple dates

Hillsborough Library, Middlewood Road, S6 4HD

Join Ignite Imaginations' artist Jordanna to explore this beautiful park through fun creative activities.

Girls With Drills – Children's University Festival of Fun

Multiple dates

Norwood Allotments, 336 Herries Road, S5 7HA

Join Bright Box Makerspace and its #GirlsWithDrills gang. Get making and inventing things at these drill art workshops, while learning the basic functions of a drill.

Saturday Workshop: Drawing from Nature

Sat. 14 August 2021

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Join award-winning artist Paul Evans for a day of drawing from natural environment surrounding Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.

Family Activities: Multi-Purpose Tool Inventions

Multiple dates

Ever thought how handy it would be to always have a metal-detector or a magic wand in your pocket? Here you can design and make a prototype for a multi-purpose tool that will satisfy even the most imaginative needs.

Platform 20

Tue. 27 July 2021 — Sun. 22 August 2021

Platform 20 features the work of five Sheffield-based artists: James Clarkson, Maud Haya-Baviera, Victoria Lucas, Conor Rogers and Joanna Whittle. Taking place at Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace and Bloc Projects. Come back soon for our review.

Family Activities: Transport Inventions

Multiple dates

Lots of us have been in cars and buses and trams and trains – and some might even have been on a boat or a plane. But the world is ready for a new kind of transport, and this is your chance to design it.

School Holiday Crafts

Sun. 25 July 2021 — Sun. 29 August 2021

Manor Lodge

Head to the Discovery Centre at this 16th-century ruin to take part in hands-on activities on a different theme each week, and to explore the outdoor trail.

Photomarathon: Sheffield Round Walk

Thu. 1 July 2021 — Tue. 31 August 2021

A photography adventure for all ages. While the main event takes a break for 2021, join in a mini version at your own pace this summer. This time, it’s a special Sheffield Round Walk edition.

Layers by Zoe Genders

Sat. 7 August 2021 — Tue. 31 August 2021

Artcade Gallery, Unit 10 The Forum, 127-129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

A collection of new work from mural artist and paper sculptor Zoe Genders.

Open Up Sheffield

Multiple dates

Open Up Sheffield present two special feature exhibitions at DINA and Dyson Place.

Sheffield Museums – Ramble with Ron

Fri. 3 September 2021

Weston Park Museum

Sheffield Museums invites you to Ramble with Ron: from Weston Park Museum to the Millennium Gallery.

Meet the Curators sessions – University of Sheffield Library

Multiple dates

Western Bank Library

The University of Sheffield Archive and Collections team present Meet the Curators sessions.

Saturday Workshop: Paint Like Hoyland

Sat. 4 September 2021

Millennium Gallery

Join Sheffield Museums for a practical painting workshop with artist and tutor Donna Brewins-Cook.

Algomech – algorithmic pattern workshop

Sat. 4 September 2021

Pitsmoor Scout Hut, 38 Holtwood Road, S4 7BA

Algomech present a drop-in algorithmic pattern workshop.

Art in the Gardens 2021

Multiple dates

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Sheffield's annual Art in the Gardens is one of the largest outdoor art exhibitions in the North of England.

Algorave

Fri. 3 September 2021 — Sat. 4 September 2021

DINA

Algomech present Algorave.

Sheffield Showcase

Thu. 2 September 2021 — Sun. 5 September 2021

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

Makers Mill

Sun. 5 September 2021

The Leadmill

An afternoon of arts and craft activities at The Leadmill.

Bears of Sheffield

Mon. 12 July 2021 — Wed. 29 September 2021

The Bears of Sheffield have arrived! Head out on the public arts trail this summer to meet the friendly creatures. They'll be auctioned off to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

John Hoyland: The Last Paintings

Sat. 3 July 2021 — Sun. 10 October 2021

Millennium Gallery

Born in Sheffield, John Hoyland (1934-2011) is regarded as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing, this new exhibition showcases some of the very last works he created.

Earthbound: Contemporary Landscape from the Roberts Institute of Art

Thu. 5 August 2021 — Sun. 31 October 2021

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition investigating our relationship with our environment. With works by contemporary artists including Helen Chadwick, Richard Long, Dan Holdsworth, Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates and Berlinde De Bruyckere.

The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sun. 28 November 2021

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition of work by socially-engaged photographers from the late 1980s and 90s. Capturing a significant turning point in Sheffield's regeneration and reflecting both the hope and hard realities of the time.