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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.


Thu. 16 March 2023 — Sat. 2 December 2023

Graves Gallery

An exhibition curated by artist Victoria Lucas, centred around a painting of an imaginary landscape by JMW Turner. Exploring perceptions of reality and representations of the relationship between women and nature.

Collection Display: Identity

Thu. 31 March 2022 — Sat. 2 December 2023

Graves Gallery

See how ideas around identity have been explored by a range of notable artists. Many artists examine aspects of both personal and social identity in their work, exploring themes such as race, gender, politics, class, sexuality, heritage and the body.

A Playground in the Factory

Fri. 10 November 2023 — Sat. 2 December 2023

Yorkshire Artspace

Renowned artist Paul Housley brings new paintings to Sheffield's very own art factory: Yorkshire Artspace.

Christmas Makers' Market

Sat. 2 December 2023

Orchard Square, S1 2FB

Head to Orchard Square and browse the wares of local Sheffield artists – with everything from bespoke jewellery to photography prints, children's clothes to cheese, ceramics, and much more. And enjoy some live music in the square while you're there.

Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

Sat. 25 November 2023 — Fri. 8 December 2023

Sheffield Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

An exhibition showing one day in the life of a city from hundreds of perspectives. Featuring photos from every entrant in this year's Photomarathon Sheffield, including the prize-winning snaps.

Colour and Light: Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection

Fri. 14 July 2023 — Sat. 9 December 2023

Graves Gallery

The four artists known as the Scottish Colourists were one of the most talented, experimental and distinctive groups in 20th century British art. Discover their dazzling interiors, landscapes, portraits and still lifes.

Hagglers Corner Festive Market

Sun. 10 December 2023

Hagglers Corner

Get cosy and pick up locally made presents at Hagglers Corner. As well as the stalls. there'll be food from Corner Jammers, mulled stuff, Baileys chai lattes, and live music.

Joanna Whittle: Ghosted Ground

Mon. 24 July 2023 — Sun. 10 December 2023

Western Bank Library

Paintings inspired by research on travelling showmen and the traces they leave behind in the landscape. With documents from the National Fairground and Circus Archive.

Open Up Sheffield: Winter Exhibition

Thu. 16 November 2023 — Sat. 16 December 2023

The Art House

Join Open Up for a Winter Exhibition featuring work from the artists who took part their open studios event this year.

Handmade for Christmas

Sat. 21 October 2023 — Sun. 24 December 2023

Millennium Gallery

A showcase of gifts that are truly special, created by talented makers from across Sheffield, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Look Up

A free augmented reality art trail on the city's rooftops.

Pioneers: John Ruskin, William Morris and the Bauhaus

Thu. 19 October 2023 — Sun. 21 January 2024

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition exploring how John Ruskin, William Morris and the students and masters of the Bauhaus shaped our understanding of art and design. They were united by a common belief – that design and making can improve everyday life.

Before, During & After: Here Now (How To Keep The Balance)

Thu. 28 September 2023 — Sun. 18 February 2024

Site Gallery

“A place to confront fears of failure gently.” Read our review of Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom's installation. Centred on learning to play the drums, sharing wisdom and embracing the unknown.

Open Up Sheffield

Multiple dates

Sheffield's huge annual artists' open studios event. The open call for artists for 2024 is open 1 October–31 January.

No Bounds

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. No Bounds 2023 has been postponed – the festival will return in October 2024. Details TBC.

City of Rivers

Fri. 24 November 2023 — Sun. 3 November 2024

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition of stories, objects, artwork, film and photography chronicling Sheffield's relationship with its waterways.

Portraiture and the Human Figure

Thu. 16 March 2023 — Sun. 8 December 2024

Graves Gallery

“A celebration of being, making and looking.” Read our writer Wemmy's review of this inspiring exhibition full of love letters to bodies.