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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.

Where Rock and Hard Place Meet

Wed. 19 September 2018 — Sat. 22 September 2018

Bloc Projects

An installation by Victoria Lucas, investigating culturally engrained representations of femininity.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Sat. 30 June 2018 — Sun. 23 September 2018

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of pieces from the National Portrait Gallery, telling the story of photography’s entrance into the art world. Read our review.

A Taste of Independent Sheffield

Fri. 21 September 2018 — Sun. 23 September 2018

Fargate and the Peace Gardens

A weekend showcase of the best local food, beer, art and music in the heart of the city.

Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

Multiple dates

The Holt

One day in the life of the city, from the perspective of the 346 entrants in this year's Photomarathon photography challenge.

Lunchtime Talk: The Kitchen Sink Painters

Thu. 27 September 2018

Graves Gallery

Hear about the small group of artists who depicted everyday scenes and painted the mundane details of life in the 1950s.


Thu. 20 September 2018 — Thu. 27 September 2018

Millennium Gallery

A synaesthesia experience, made up of an immersive installation of sound, light and animation.

Perspectives on Basic Income

Thu. 20 September 2018 — Thu. 27 September 2018

The Art House

How would receiving a universal basic income (UBI) – a regular, no-strings-attached sum of money without means testing – change your life?

Opening Weekend

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Welcome back, Site Gallery!

Sounds of the Antarctic

Sat. 29 September 2018

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

A breathtaking expedition through the world’s last true wilderness, accompanied by sounds from the Sheffield Rep Orchestra.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 20 September 2018 — Sun. 30 September 2018

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events.

The Age of Love

Thu. 20 September 2018 — Sun. 30 September 2018

The Art House

Love and intimacy between older people, depicted by the artist Pete McKee.


Thu. 20 September 2018 — Sun. 30 September 2018

35 Chapel Walk Art Space, 35 Chapel Walk, Norfolk Street, S1 2PD

Art installations and a talk celebrating the 50th anniversary of Barry Hines' A Kestrel for a Knave.

The Labyrinths of Sheffield

Thu. 20 September 2018 — Sun. 30 September 2018

Go on a meditative journey by wandering through three labyrinths across the city.

Powerful Silence

Sat. 1 September 2018 — Sat. 6 October 2018

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of work by Bren Head.

Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement

Sat. 9 June 2018 — Sun. 7 October 2018

Millennium Gallery

Era-defining posters and photomontages, marking the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Strong Language

Fri. 12 October 2018 — Sun. 14 October 2018

Site Gallery

Three days of readings, performances, projections, installations and discussions surrounding radical print.

Lowlight: Rachel Adams

Sat. 6 October 2018 — Mon. 22 October 2018

Bloc Projects

An installation exploring the collapse of boundaries between the natural and the manmade world.

Fantastical Cities

Sat. 27 October 2018

The Holt

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

Modernists in Conversation

Sat. 27 October 2018

Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, S1 2JB

A day of talks and discussions on Sheffield's rich Modernist built environment, drawing together academics, authors and practitioners.

Sheffield Modern

Fri. 26 October 2018 — Sun. 28 October 2018

A celebration of Sheffield's heritage of post-war architecture. With talks, walks, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, and more.

Monty's Busy Bee Workshop

Fri. 2 November 2018

The Montgomery

Crafts for kids, inspired by bees.

Circus! Show of Shows

Wed. 25 July 2018 — Sun. 4 November 2018

Weston Park Museum

Roll up, roll up, for a celebration of 250 years of the circus. Read our Hannah's exhibition review.

Talents and Tools

Thu. 11 October 2018 — Thu. 8 November 2018

99 Mary Street

A solo show by artist John A. Pedder.

Sheffield Print Fair

Sat. 10 November 2018

St Mary’s Church and Community Centre

Watch printmaking in action and pick up a print or two to take home.


Sat. 13 October 2018 — Sat. 17 November 2018

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of work by Alison Tyldesley, Paul Evans, John Bainbridge and Rebecca Buck.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 17 November 2018 — Sun. 18 November 2018

Yorkshire Artspace

A weekend of nosying around some of the most fascinating artists' studios in town.

Heads Roll

Sat. 11 August 2018 — Sat. 24 November 2018

Graves Gallery

An exhibition spanning 400 years of portraiture, curated by Paul Morrison. Read our review.

Circus Performers

Thu. 14 June 2018 — Fri. 14 December 2018

Western Bank Library

A showcase of treasures looking at the extraordinary feats of ordinary people, celebrating 250 years of the circus.

Liquid Crystal Display

Sat. 29 September 2018 — Sun. 27 January 2019

Site Gallery

With crystals prevalent in touch-screen technologies, medical equipment and more, a group of artists explore the idea that we live in the 'crystal era'.

Construction House

Sat. 6 October 2018 — Sat. 20 April 2019

S1 Artspace

A programme of exhibitions and events exploring collective artistic activity, reflecting on the lasting influence of the Bauhaus movement 100 years on from its inception.