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

Filling former cutlery works, housed in converted offices, and neatly nestled in purpose-built complexes: artists' studios number in their hundreds in Sheffield right now. And as that number continues to rise, so too does the annual Open Up event grow year after year.

Since 1998, Open Up Sheffield has seen all kinds of artists and makers in and around Sheffield dedicate a weekend or two to letting the public in on what they get up to. It's a rare opportunity to take a good look at the relationship between a finished object and the ideas, tools and skills that go into making it.

Over 70 artists and craftspeople will open their doors at the event over two weekends this May, sharing their secrets and selling their wares – from painters, photographers and sculptors, to stained glass artists, jewellers and woodworkers.

Check the Open Up website to see who is opening their doors for Open Up 2019, and use their studio locator to plan your route.

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