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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Open Up Sheffield is one of the largest and most successful open studio events outside London, showcasing the creative talent in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire for the past 25 years.

The volunteer-run festival, which takes place over two weekends in spring, features over a hundred artists each year. Their artwork is always varied – with everything from watercolour, oil and acrylic painting to jewellery, ceramics, textiles, crafts, wood, glass, photography, printmaking, digital and mixed media.

Studios tend to span the length and breadth of the city – including Oughtibridge, Parson Cross, Nether Green, Manor Oaks, Kelham Island and even as far out as Hathersage.

See the guide to Open Up 2024.

Open Up exhibition
In the run-up to the festival, visit The Art House for a preview of work by 29 of this year's artists, 8 April–13 May – find out more.

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Donna Brewins

Donna finds inspiration in "big winter skies" for her giant canvases of dark landscapes.

Howard Street

The distinctive graphic style of Rob Lee covers the gable end of a Sheffield Hallam University building opposite the Globe pub, in a commission to celebrate the tenth birthday of Now Then magazine. It's one of the stops on our Street Art Trail.

The Misses Vickers

When he painted this piece in 1886, John Singer Sargent said: "I am to paint several portraits in the country and three ugly women at Sheffield, dingy hole." Nevertheless, it's one of our Jane's top 3 Sheffield artworks.

Playground: Urban Dwellers

Mon. 3 June 2024 — Sun. 30 June 2024

Site Gallery

Cheeky characters by artists TADO and Lisa O'Hara are hiding across Sheffield city centre. Hunt them and bring them to life in augmented reality on your smartphone. Aimed at ages 5–12, open to all. From the folks at the Children’s Media Conference.