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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.

Half Term Workshop with Lucy Vann

Tue. 18 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join Platform artist Lucy Vann for a workshop exploring sentimentality in the language and construction of pop music. For ages 14+.

The Invention Station: Meet and Make

Multiple dates

Kelham Island Museum

Join Kelham Island Museum to make your own mini 3D birdhouse. Experiment with different materials in the Engine Room at this workshop inspired by the museum's current exhibition Stand.

Making Planters for Families

Wed. 19 February 2020

Bright Box Makerspace

A relaxed and friendly woodworking workshop suitable for beginners. Pairs of children and adults can come together to create their very own planter to take home – all tools, materials and protective equipment provided, as well as teas and coffees.

Space Week

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

Manor Lodge

Manor Lodge is blasting off this half-term with a week of holiday crafts all on the theme of space. Make space dust rockets, solar system scenes and pocket rocket gliders – and, while you're there, play in the sandpit and lavender labyrinth too.

Collage Club

Multiple dates

Cutlery Works

A monthly craft social for adults, bringing people together for a fun and cosy morning of cake, chat and collage.

Beats with Joseph Bond

Sat. 22 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join artist and basketball coach Joseph Bond for a family workshop exploring sound recording, sampling and beat making using samples from Site Gallery's current exhibition.

Sketchbook Weekend with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

Two whole days learning the art of keeping a sketchbook, including outdoor sketching in Weston Park.

Green Hill Zone

Fri. 14 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

National Videogame Museum

This February half term sees the National Videogame Museum celebrate everything Sonic!

Discovery Days: Incredible Egypt

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

Weston Park Museum

Celebrate the opening of Weston Park Museum's brand new Ancient Egypt gallery with Egyptian-themed crafts and fun. You'll be getting inspired by everything from mummies and myths, to pyramids, pharaohs and the art of hieroglyphics.

LATE: IWD – She Draws the Line x SheFest 2020

Fri. 6 March 2020

Millennium Gallery

Mark International Women’s Day with an evening of inspiring talks, activities, stalls, craftivism and workshops shining a spotlight on women artists, makers and creators.

Late: IWD – She Draws the Line x SheFest

Fri. 6 March 2020

Millennium Gallery

Celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening of craftivism, workshops, inspirational talks and activities. This Late is all about celebrating female artists and steering away from the male-focused art narrative to shine the spotlight on women.

The Pottery Experience

Multiple dates

The Art House

A full-day workshop providing a great introduction to traditional hand-building techniques and giving you a guided session on the electric potter’s wheel. 

New Tricks: SLR Filmmaking

Sat. 7 March 2020

Site Gallery

Learn how to work the camera and capture your own footage at this beginners' workshop.

SheFest Saturday

Sat. 7 March 2020

Tudor Square, S1 2LA

SheFest takes over the city centre with this free family friendly day full of activities and live performances showcasing talented Sheffield women. There’ll also be workshops and street food, and stalls from local women's groups and charities.

Anti Diet Riot Club Bus

Sat. 7 March 2020

Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 2LA

Hop aboard the UK’s first body positivity bus as it delivers intimate women-led workshops on building self-love and acceptance. With Life Drawing, including the chance to model, and Gratitude Journaling where you’ll explore the power of gratitude.

Raku Tea Bowls with Mike Scown

Wed. 29 January 2020 — Wed. 11 March 2020

The Art House

Make and fire tea bowls using techniques inspired by the 16th-century Japanese tradition of Raku.

Spinning Wrists: Synaptic Island Listening Session

Thu. 12 March 2020

Site Gallery

Join DJ collective Synaptic Island for a listening session for female, non binary and trans identifying people and local collectives – sharing influences in sound, music and sampling.

How to Use Instagram for Business

Thu. 12 March 2020

Council Room 80, Firth Court, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield

Perfect for entrepreneurs and small business owners, this workshop is delivered by social media agency founder Shehla Ali. Informal and hands on, it will give you the knowledge and tools you need to build awareness of your brand through Instagram.

Drawing Techniques: People, Places and Things with Flora Menager

Sat. 29 February 2020 — Sat. 14 March 2020

The Art House

A crash course in a variety of techniques to help you see and depict all types of subject matter.

#SelfCareSunday

Sun. 15 March 2020

Union St

Female empowerment collective Society of Queens host this afternoon of uplifting activities, including meditation, workshops, yoga and guest speakers to inspire and elevate young BME women and teach the tools of self-care.

Advanced Wheel

Mon. 6 January 2020 — Mon. 16 March 2020

The Art House

A 10-week pottery course for students who are already competent in the fundamentals of throwing.

Perched Birds

Sat. 21 March 2020

The Art House

Learn how to make and decorate a ceramic perched bird sculpture at this pottery workshop. 

FoxDot with Lucy Cheesman

Sat. 21 March 2020

Site Gallery

In this family friendly workshop, turn sound samples from the Points of Rupture exhibition into musical compositions using live coding software FoxDot.

Travels with a Sketchbook with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

From taking new creative journeys to taking your sketchbook on holiday – this course will show you how to make a success of it.

Learning to Draw with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

Learn the fundamental techniques needed to create realistic drawings which capture the illusion of 3D objects on the page.

Painting with Acrylics: People, Places and Things with Flora Menager

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 23 March 2020

The Art House

A 5-week course giving you chance to learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques to represent things, people and places.

Watercolour for Beginners Part 2

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 23 March 2020

The Art House

Develop your style and delve deeper into the art of watercolour painting.

Creative Writing with Rob Smith

Multiple dates

The Art House

Do you have just too many words? Not enough words? Do your words not do just what you want them to? Join in this ten-week course and explore creative writing in all its forms.

Beginner Wheel

Multiple dates

The Art House

Learn the core skills of throwing on a potter's wheel at this eleven-week course.

Beginners Drawing Techniques with Flora Menager

Multiple dates

The Art House

A 5-week course for absolute beginners or intermediate students, offering an introduction to the fundamentals of art.

Absolute Beginners Acrylics with Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

Focusing on using acrylics, you'll be shown how the masters worked and how to interpret these techniques into a style all of your own.

Beyond First Impressions: History of Art with Janice Speddings

Tue. 25 February 2020 — Tue. 24 March 2020

The Art House

Do you want to get know a Caravaggio from a Cassatt or a Rossetti from a Rubens? Then this is the course for you!

Surface Decoration with Krishna Alageswaran

Tue. 25 February 2020 — Tue. 24 March 2020

The Art House

Learn how to use coloured slips, oxides and under-glaze colours with confidence at this 5-week pottery course.

Artistic Development with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

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

Life Drawing with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A class suitable for both beginners and experienced students alike.

Experimental Life Drawing with Flora Menager

Multiple dates

The Art House

A fun 5-week life drawing course, to help participants build confidence in representing the figure on paper.

Feet, Hands and Faces with Flora Menager

Wed. 26 February 2020 — Wed. 25 March 2020

The Art House

A drawing course where you'll learn to draw –or improve your drawings of – what are considered to be the most difficult parts of the body to portray competently.

Absolute Beginners Oil Painting with Marcin Szuba

Wed. 26 February 2020 — Wed. 25 March 2020

The Art House

In this course you'll learn the fundamentals of handling paint and composition, and observe tonal values and colour relationships.

The Art of Watercolour with John Kerr

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course for all abilities – the beginner or those with some experience who are looking to develop their skills and technique further. 

Interior Design with Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to approach any interior design project with confidence.

Glaze Technology with Krishna Alageswaran

Thu. 27 February 2020 — Thu. 26 March 2020

The Art House

A short pottery course exploring both the chemistry and the breadth of application techniques using stoneware glazes.

Future Makers '20

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 28 March 2020

Theatre Deli

A series of fun, free workshops for the next generation of theatre and film makers. Open to 14-to-19-year-olds in Sheffield. Apply now!

Drilling Basics: Introductory Wrestling Workshops

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Join Ine Barlie and Sofia Aak for introductory day for girls and women, split into different age groups to give a safe and comfortable space to learn about freestyle wrestling and try out some throws and holds. 

Watercolours for the Terrified with Anna Massey

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 30 March 2020

The Art House

This six-week introduction to watercolours is suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to learn from scratch.

Easter Holiday Workshop with Maud Haya-Baviera

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Join the Platform artist for a two -part workshop investigating narratives of British history told through archival images. For ages 14+.

Saturday Wheel

Multiple dates

The Art House

A pottery course for beginners and improvers, teaching the core skills of throwing on a potter's wheel.

New Tricks: Video Editing

Sat. 4 April 2020

Site Gallery

Understand the basics of video editing software Adobe Premiere and learn how different cuts and transitions can impact your film.

Soundscapes with Marlo De Lara and Sarah Statham

Sat. 18 April 2020

Site Gallery

Experiment with instruments and sound technology at this family-friendly workshop using sounds from the Points of Rupture exhibition as inspiration.

Palm to Palm: Movement Workshop

Sat. 2 May 2020

Site Gallery

Artist and choreographer duo Bhebhe&Davies lead an intergenerational workshop exploring physicality and performance for camera, drawing on dance, resistance training, sports drills, and other systems of movement.

Movement with Angga Kara

Sat. 16 May 2020

Site Gallery

Collaborate with artist, coach and choreographer Angga Kara in this family-friendly workshop.