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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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Fri. 26 July 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

The Viewing Room, Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

A solo show by Peter Blake, AKA the Godfather of British Pop Art.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is an artist and S1 Artspace studio holder. As well as his own video-based art practice, he is involved in a number of projects in Sheffield – each connected by the desire to do good through creativity.

The People's Palace of Possibility

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Theatre Deli

Help us to build the People’s Palace of Possibility in this participatory installation created by The Bare Project. Discover distant utopias, cast off your fears for the future, and begin to create a better one.

Roanna Wells

In her monochrome embroideries, Roanna substitutes people with stitches to create stunning, often dramatic, new perspectives on human gatherings. Crowds never looked so pleasing.