Utopia Theatre’s Creative Hub brings together over 40 African theatre professionals to offer free online workshops and masterclasses to people of African origin aged 16 and above.
Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.
A global celebration of sanctuary live from Sheffield. Celebrating Refugee Week with theatre, art, poetry, music, and more.
Opus believes we can live in a place where everyone works to make things better for each other. Enjoy the Festival of Debate Online programme, read past issues of Now Then online, watch videos from Wordlife literature events, and discover stories from the UBI Lab Sheffield campaign.
Andro and Eve have been creating joyful spaces for the LGBTQ+ community since 2016. This summer, they're launching an online programme, starting with a three-part drag king course.
The Children’s Media Conference is the UK’s premier event for everyone in kids TV, media and entertainment. The CMC is gathering online from 6-10 July, holding a series of free Friday webinars during lockdown.
While Site Gallery's doors are closed, it remains open online. Introducting the gallery's new online programme: WEB/SITE. Join and take part in reading groups, live workshops for families and enjoy a selection of films from its City of Ideas programme.
"The show will go on... but for now we'll go online." Until they reopen the doors to the Crucible, Crucible Studio, and Lyceum once again, the team at Sheffield Theatres are delivering theatre treats right to your living room. Follow this roundup of their online activity to immerse yourself in past productions, let the timeless words of the Bard blow your mind, and create a bit of drama around the house.
Between its three sites, Museums Sheffield offers a tour through centuries' worth of art history and local history, as well as leading visitors on expeditions into further flung parts of the world. Delve deeper into stories behind its exhibitions and collections with this series of videos.
"One benefit to having to stay at home, is that’s where the videogames are!" While it's closed, NVM is bringing the museum to you. See their series of at-home activities to learn how to use free software to start making your own videogames, and lots more.
Foodhall is a cafe and DIY venue on a mission. Since it opened in 2015 it’s been bringing people together through food, music and art; reducing waste; and encouraging community engagement. Its Lates programme of nighttime events is now IsoLates, a series of live streams, pre-recorded shows, mixes and playlists – see details.
The Art House is a super-inclusive creative hub in Sheffield city centre, a space for anyone to discover their creativity. While its doors are closed, you can stay connected with the Art House community through its Big Art Lock In, pottery tutorials, and more.
A festival building on Sheffield's lineage of electronic music, bringing bleeps, beats and sweaty grins to city. While plans are underway for No Bounds in October 2020, you can enjoy video, audio and livestreams from the organisers in the meantime.
Share in the thrill of factual storytelling online. Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects is the festival's brand new streaming platform, launching this June. Discover what's available to watch now, and enjoy videos of talks from last year's festival.
A festival of algorithmic and mechanical arts, encapsulating the creative potential of code, and has a lot of fun with machines. Come back soon for details of 2020 events, and in the meantime view these videos from past editions.
Experience the most thrills you can get from the safety of your settee, with films from the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival's archives and weekly watchlists.
DINA is an innovative, creative and progressive arts venue, with an ongoing mission to “make room for unheard voices and forms of expression”. This July, DINA presents the Small Pleasures Project – a free online programme of poetry and art, with a focus on the small pleasures we can find during these uncertain times.
The vibrant cultural programme of public festivals and events from the University of Sheffield brings together opportunity for discovery, learning, and participation. Join in quizzes and crafts at the Festival of Medical Research, and stream shows in the university's Concerts programme.
When it's not bringing to town the work of contemporary visual artists from around the world, S1 Artspace regularly showcases the fruits of its own studios. The spring 2020 S1 Studio Holders' Takeover was disrupted by the pandemic, but parts of the programme have gone online – in the form of online exhibitions, film screenings, and radio broadcasts.
Sheffield's public libraries and archives are many things to many people. A lifeline. A treasure trove of historic resources. A rare free space in the city to just sit and relax, whether with a book, a newspaper or a board game. During their closure, they're continuing to provide connection and inspiration online through a number of creative projects.
Music in the Round has been bringing world class chamber music to Sheffield since 1984. For now, you'll find Music in the Round in its second home: online. It's hosting the first online edition of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival this May, and has a whole bunch of videos of past performances and musical fun for kids.
Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust is responsible for running three of the city's best preserved – and best loved – heritage sites: Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Kelham Island Museum, and Shepherd Wheel. Explore Abbeydale using SIMT's app, and join in some of the museums' downloadable activities.
Sheffield's legendary Leadmill is celebrating its 40th birthday in 2020. It's not quite the birthday it had in mind, but during lockdown the music venue is continuing to champion live music with a string of live-streamed gigs.
Cupola has been bringing contemporary art to Hillsborough since 1991. You can continue to enjoy the bright, welcoming Cupola experience online with a series of video interviews, insights into art forms, and peeks at past exhibitions.
Get in the groove with a selection of clips from past performances hosted by Sheffield Jazz, purveyors of the best national and international jazz artists for 40+ years.
A live music concert series, bringing all kinds of musical joy to children – and their grown-ups! Join the Concerteenies musicians online for Home Concerts and activities.
Join online discussions and debates about the key social, economic and political issues of the day.
A digital art exhibition exploring current realities, a dramatised reality and an alternate reality. With audio, CGI, installation and augmented reality. Ahead of the autumn exhibition, delve behind the scenes in Doc/Fest's Artist Spotlight series.
Meet online to study six plays from across Africa from 1960s-2000. Look at the richness and diversity of traditional and modern African drama and its impact on contemporary storytelling. Led by playwright, educator and radio host Dr Anita Franklin.
Join TV, stage and radio actress Madeline Appiah for a four-part course approaching, unpicking and performing monologues. Madeline stars alongside Idris Elba in In the Long Run and has acted in EastEnders, The Bill, Tina Turner The Musical, and more.
Join Andro and Eve online this summer for a series of beginners drag workshops, led by drag king Christian Adore. Get all the tools you need to make an original drag character, build your confidence, play with gender, and learn some tips from a pro.
As part of its online Small Pleasures series, DINA presents three poetry workshops with writer-performer Jemima Foxtrot. Open to all levels of experience. Covering writing joy in poetry, writing poetry inspired by music, and writing political poetry.
A reimagining of the Bauhaus workbook for the 21st century. With weekly creative workshops and discussions online each Thursday. Organised by arts blog That Looks Queer.
Thu. 9 July 2020
Alex Oma-Pius's love of theatre-in-education as a force for social change encouraged him to form IROKO Theatre Company in 1996. He's since been awarded by the Mayor of London for his “outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Londoners”.
Wed. 10 June 2020 — Fri. 10 July 2020
Delve into some of the best new documentary films from around the world, as Sheffield Doc/Fest launches its video-on-demand platform. Find out how to access the festival's online programme of films, with pay-per-view and subscription options.
Wed. 10 June 2020 — Fri. 10 July 2020
This strand of films is about all of us – the distant, the close, the intimate, the political. It features films with essential themes that take varied approaches to exploring our past, present and collective future.
Wed. 10 June 2020 — Fri. 10 July 2020
A selection of films that try to decipher the world while being an agent of change: either through the promise of revolution by both collective and individual beings, as an act of resistance and protection, or as a refusal to forget.
Wed. 10 June 2020 — Fri. 10 July 2020
This strand reflects on how history and memory are materialised through the language of film. Exploring how we can make visible what is invisible, experimenting with cinematic forms and narratives, and questioning what documentary can be.
Wed. 10 June 2020 — Fri. 10 July 2020
This strand of documentaries sits where cinema and other art forms meet. Whether through dance, theatre, visual art or music.
Wed. 10 June 2020 — Fri. 10 July 2020
In partnership with Vídeo nas Aldeias, Exchange is a programme of films that reflect the diversity of the indigenous communities living in Brazilian territories – their ways of organising their activities in harmony with their environment.
Akeim Toussaint-Buck is an interdisciplinary performer and maker, born in Jamaica and raised in England. Join him for a this workshop looking specifically at the work of marrying text and movement and heightened embodied awareness as an actor.
Join actress Estella Daniels for a holistic approach to the world of acting. Using simple techniques and experiences drawn from her career, Estella will help build a simple toolbox to enhance your creative process. A two-part workshop or one-to-one.
Tue. 14 July 2020
Sarah Niles and Hazel Holder discuss their role as Black women in the arts and how they successfully navigate the spaces, in this discussion of empowerment.
Join Prof. Anton Krueger's two-part workshop to consider some of the multi-faceted characters at the heart of so many great stories. You'll discuss how to go about creating interesting characters, and try to understand what makes them appealing.
Wed. 1 July 2020 — Wed. 22 July 2020
Join performing artist/animateur Patrice Naiambana for a four-part workshop looking at African diaspora performance. Topics include: solo performance, traditional dance drama, memory/diaspora consciousness, and creating from ancestral memory.
Thu. 23 July 2020
The commissioned poets from DINA's Small Pleasures Anthology perform their work, on the theme of small pleasures during lockdown.
Fri. 24 July 2020
A class led by Akeim Toussaint-Buck combining contemporary and Caribbean dance, capoeira technique, animal flow and yoga. An energetic and playful environment, inviting you to revitalise your body, build strength, stamina and open your awareness.
Tue. 28 July 2020
Natalie Ibu and Gbolahan Obisesan explore the journey and collective experiences of Black artistic leaders of African heritage and how that has impacted and determined the work they make.
Musician, singer and composer Juwon Ogungbe leads an online participatory creative learning project that aims to create work with an African aesthetic, drawing influences from a diverse range of art forms and genres.
Wed. 1 April 2020 — Fri. 31 July 2020
Get your creativity flowing with this writing competition from Sheffield Libraries and Hive South Yorkshire, open to all ages. They want to hear about the things you love about Sheffield – and that theme can be interpreted any way you like!
Mon. 3 August 2020
British-Nigerian playwright and academic Dr. Oladipo Agboluaje talks to Dr. Kene Igweonu, President of the African Theatre Association, about African diasporic identity on the British stage.
Fri. 7 August 2020
Percussionist and composer Sola Akingbola explores questions on what is highlighted and what is obscured in theatre and music that creates a particular kind of cultural and political tension around the issue of social integration.
Mon. 10 August 2020
Forum Theatre is an interactive and participatory approach to devising. It utilises the lived experiences of the participants and attempts to make positive changes, where necessary, through enabling a safe space for communication among individuals.
Mon. 17 August 2020
Engage in practical exercises, giving you clear tools to develop your voice work independently, achieve support, core vocal strength, range and resonance. Led by actor, voice and dialect coach, director and singer Hazel Holder and actor Sarah Niles.
Fri. 21 August 2020
Sadeysa Greenaway Bailey demystifies the role and responsibilities of a set and costume designer. She shares her experiences and career journey so far, from having started in the carnival arts and outdoor theatre sector in the UK and internationally.
Discover the basics of the stage, structure of a play, the proper format of your work and how to prepare it for submission, in this workshop for writers of all levels. Led by British-Nigerian playwright and academic Oladipo Agboluaje.
Tue. 25 August 2020
Nigerian actress Kehinde Bankole leads an acting workshop looking at personal choices of selecting and balancing options that work as “your method.”
Fri. 28 August 2020
Kenyan producer, director and dramaturg Karishma Bhagani is joined in conversation with South African theatre director Lesedi Job, about her experiences and nuisances of being a young African theatre maker in the time of the digital age.
Mon. 31 August 2020
African cultural ambassador and talking drummer Ayan De First teaches us how to play the talking drum and talks about his journey as a musician into theatre, and how artists from different disciplines can collaborate. With Tchiyiwe Chihana.
Wed. 2 September 2020
Look at the challenges that black-led organisations face and explore strategic thinking, especially in the current turbulent climate in the arts and culture. With Maureen Salmon, a specialist in leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural diversity.
Fri. 4 September 2020
Sille Sibanda chats to actor, writer and director John Rwoth-Omack about his experiences as an African student at drama school and how he got into creating his own work in theatre.
Poet, playwright and director Debo Oluwatuminu leads a workshop that introduces participants to the basics of writing a play, and gives them rudimentary skills and tools to write a 5-10 minute short play.
Fri. 11 September 2020
James Henshaw leads interactive discussions from the perspective of a writer. Covering topics including responsibilities as a writer of African descent, motivations for storytelling, obstacles to telling your stories, and creating platforms.
Fri. 18 September 2020
Jennifer Farmer is a playwright, librettist and theatre-maker who writes with/for marginalised communities and underrepresented voices. Targeted at writers looking to revisit their work, Jennifer leads an advanced redrafting play writing workshop.
Angelina Abel of Mulembas d’Africa leads an African Fusion Dance class with a focus on movement, healing and well being.
Wed. 23 September 2020
Composer, music producer and sound designer Lee Affen leads a workshop on the sounds around us – tuning into audio and how it can ‘place’ us. Looking at the value of listening, recording with phones, and layering sounds to create a unique soundscape.
Wed. 30 September 2020
Led by Lee Affen, this workshop will explore the relationship between sound and film. You will look at how sound can change the meaning of a piece of film, and create your own mix using sound clips and film provided.
Wed. 19 August 2020 — Wed. 30 September 2020
Andro and Eve presents Cabaret College, for kings, queens and all in between! This online course is designed to help you develop original material for your own drag or cabaret act, and build your confidence.
Fri. 2 October 2020
Set and costume designer Emma Williams leads a workshop discussing design process, with models and drawings from the designer’s studio as visual aids.
Create a postcard-sized artwork for Cupola gallery's Secret Postcard Show. All pieces will go on display in an exhibition and sold to raise funds for the gallery's survival campaign, with the names of the artists a secret until the artwork is sold.
Mon. 5 October 2020
Olusola Oyeleye is a writer, director, dramaturge and producer working in opera, music theatre, visual arts, film, dance and education. She'll explore the skills required to approach a career in directing, across live media.
Wed. 7 October 2020
Composer and sound designer Lee Affen talks about the main uses of sound in a theatre show – music, atmospheres, transitions. Participants will put atmospheric sounds to text, and learn the basics of Qlab.
Fri. 9 October 2020
Tchiyiwe Chihana British-Zambian creative, activist, writer and speaker who identifies as a womanist and currently the operations manager at Utopia Theatre. Here she discusses using art for social change.
Mon. 12 October 2020
Playwright, filmmaker and poet Zodwa Nyoni gives a talk on ritual theatre with reference to Home has Died (2012), a one-woman performance about migration, death and displacement.
Wed. 14 October 2020
Ayo-Dele Edwards is an actor, singer, and songwriter whose art combines British and Nigerian influences expressed through songs and stories. Here she gives a 40 minute talk on her career, plus Q&A.
Fri. 16 October 2020
How well do you know yourself as an actor? Nigerian actress Kehinde Bankole leads a workshop exploring the process to begin a growth in self understanding.
Warda Yassin is a British born Somali poet and teacher based in Sheffield, and winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize. Here she talks about making African theatre out of poetry. Plus Q&A.
Wed. 21 October 2020
Kehinde Bankole has played roles in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, blockbuster films in Nigeria, and ia Netflix Original series by Akin Omotoso. In this workshop she equips aspiring and upcoming actors with skills that have enabled her success.
Fun, interactive and creative workshops with IROKO Theatre's Alex Oma Pius. Exploring various expressive art forms – drama, movement, music, songs, dance, etc., as means to introduce participants to African oral storytelling performance techniques.
Mon. 26 October 2020
Utopia Theatre's Tchiyiwe Chihana is joined in conversation with Aar Maanta, a Somali-British musician whose activism, work and creativity has led him to become a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Wed. 28 October 2020
This workshop is designed to support UK based artists who are considering applying for project grants for the first time or those who have been unsuccessful in the past. Led by Utopia Theatre's Mojisola Elufowoju.
Mon. 2 November 2020
Mojisola Elufowoju is an award-winning theatre director and workshop facilitator of Nigerian descent, and the founder and artistic director of Utopia Theatre. Join her in a conversation moderated by British-Nigerian playwright Dr. Oladipo Agboluaje.
Wed. 4 November 2020
Annalisa Toccara looks at defining your leadership brand, using social media, creating/curating engaging content, collaborating, and more. Annalisa is an award-winning cultural producer, creative director, digital strategist, and founder of Our Mel.
Fri. 13 November 2020
The founder of Mulembas d’Africa dance classes, Angelina Abel brings you an energetic dance workshop. Angelina is a believer in the power of dance as ritual and a medium for personal change, solidarity and social bonding.
Fri. 27 November 2020
Utopia Theatre presents a biographical film on Michael Henry, ahead of the musical director, vocalist and composer’s In Conversation event taking place on Friday 4th December.
One of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The man who ate his shoe after losing a bet, who was shot whilst being interviewed, and who has made countless features and docs exploring man’s eternal struggle against nature. Filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.
Calling all filmmakers, artists and members of the film, digital art and related industries! Get access to the documentary festival's online programme of screenings, talks, pitches, and panel sessions with the Digital Industry Pass.
Fri. 4 December 2020
Musician and actor Francesa Amewudah-Rivers is joined in conversation with vocalist, composer, educator and music director Michael Henry.
Sat. 12 December 2020
Participants and creatives from across Utopia Theatre's Creative Hub Online 2020 programme come together to give a final presentation. Utopia Theatre will be inviting industry professionals to this showcase.
Fri. 18 December 2020
Utopia Theatre celebrates the end of its huge Creative Hub Online 2020 series of talks, workshops and events with an end of programme party.
Have you ever wanted to make your own Mario character? Perhaps you’ve always been inspired by the artwork of old school RPGs? Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and create your own pixel art character!
A tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself, and the second film by Haifaa Al-Mansour (the Saudi director of 2012's charming and groundbreaking Wadjda). Rent it online and send proceeds towards our beloved Showroom.
Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller talks to Site Gallery Creative Director Sharna Jackson, exploring the ability of art and social movements to illuminate the politics of everyday life. From the Doc/Fest 2019 Exchange programme of free talks.
A performance by the fabulous aerialist Blaze Tarsha, created in response to the world’s most famous circus painting – Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando. Filmed especially for Museums Sheffield's 2018 exhibition Circus! Show of Shows.
Get creative and join The Art House community online for #TheBigArtLockIn. A safe space to express creativity and share encouragement until the creative hub can open its doors to everyone again.
A new video series from Museums Sheffield, featuring curators talking through some of the fascinating and best loved artworks in the city's collections.
A performance by Woodhouse Prize Brass Band – one of the country's oldest brass bands – to mark the 175th birthday of 19th-century socialist, vegetarian, poet, gay rights pioneer, and all-round right-on guy Edward Carpenter.
Lloyd Stewart has been a well-known and respected part of Sheffield’s boxing, bodybuilding and gym community since the 1960s. Watch this short documentary about 'Lloydie' by Museums Sheffield, from Weston Park Museum's display on his accomplishments.
Explore three of the city's lost landmarks – the divisive 'Egg Box', the beloved Tinsley Towers, and the iconic Kelvin Flats – in this trio of films created by Museums Sheffield.
Joe Scarborough's affectionate, often humorous, depictions of everyday scenes of Yorkshire life pay tribute to the region and its people. In this short film, join Joe on a trip around Sheffield to discover the inspiration behind his bold paintings.
Celebrate the excellence and innovation of Sheffield makers with these short films, originally created for a Millennium Gallery exhibition. Shining a spotlight on local companies creating products ranging from menswear to sweets, crisps and bikes.
Author Matt Haig and comedian Susan Calman reflect on the ways the arts give us ‘reasons to stay alive’ – drawing from songs, books, theatre and comedy, celebrating art that has kept people going in their darkest hours. Hosted by Sheffield Theatres.
Writer Chris Bush has written a story, but she’s having trouble finishing it – she needs your help! Download this activity from Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield Children's University to finish the script and create your own shadowbox puppet theatre.
Ever played a game and thought 'I want to make this!'? Well now is your chance! Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and dip your toes into game creation using free children's programming language Scratch.
Take an online tour of the workshops, cafe and kilns of Sheffield's super inclusive creative hub.
Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece performed from within the Arts Tower's paternoster lift. Revolutionary music in a revolving setting.
Janie Moore was in the process of creating an thoughtful and hopeful interactive sculpture on loss when the gallery at Yorkshire Artspace closed. Contribute your thoughts and feelings through the artist's online dedication page.
Uncover Sheffield’s past from your armchair or wherever you may be, with this roundup of apps that will guide you on a tour through the city's history.
When you can't visit your favourite places, the next best thing is colouring them in! Download this selection of pages from our Colouring Sheffield book, print them out, scribble all over them, and share your pictures with us. Happy colouring!
A call-out and online exhibition set up by Sheffield arts platform Fronteer, showcasing work made by artists during self isolation.
Join Sheffield Transformed for their Quarantine Film Club, a series of films on political themes that you enjoy from home in the online company of others.
Our roundup of Sheffield theatre and music shows that you can enjoy online, for free, whenever and wherever!
Founded in 1864, Sheffield Photographic Society is one of the oldest such societies in the world. This year's exhibition of its members' work is postponed, but you can now visit the gallery online.
An online exhibition by artist and S1 Artspace studio-holder Charlotte Dawson, investigating our connection to the ground below us.
For the second instalment of its IsoLates series, Foodhall presents streams of mixes from DJs Gracie T and Shauna to get you dancing at home. Expect multi-genre pop bootlegs and house/techno bangers.
On the weekend of 20-22 March, 125 people took part in the Virtual Photomarathon Sheffield. See the results of the fun photo challenge, along with the winning snaps in this online exhibition.
Corinna's solo exhibition was scheduled to be on show at Hillsborough's Cupola gallery at the moment. While the gallery is closed, enjoy a peek at the work in Cupola's video interview with the artist.
A series of video tutorials from the workshops at The Art House. Teaching you how to knead and prepare clay, and the basics of throwing on the wheel.
A conversation about urbanism and cultural space. Architect, curator, researcher and consultant Andreia Garcia offers her insight into site-specific provocations in cities and large towns.
A conversation with artist-designer Morag Myerscough about Legible Cities. How do we get around cities instinctively? How can we make navigating a city easier, and ultimately, more fun?
A conversation about how we can use skateboarding as a tool for better understanding the urban environment – particularly if we want our cities to offer more than just the flow of capital. With Professor Iain Borden and Dr. Dani Abulhawa.
View painter Joanna Whittle's weeklong Site Gallery Platform Instagram Takeover. Here she explores the developmental parts of her practice – research, drawing, printmaking and ephemeral pieces – rather than finished material.
What is community? Sheffield People’s Theatre and Sheffield poet laureate Otis Mensah are inviting young people to share their response – words, stories, lyrics, anything! Otis will then create a piece of spoken word poetry using your contributions.
A Concerteenies concert for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups – from musicians' homes, straight to yours!
Sheffield Theatres has invited some brilliant actors from its past Shakespeare plays to share their favourite speeches. Enjoy these videos of some of the Bard's best bits!
Little films for little people to meet musical instruments. Enjoy this playlist of eleven videos for under-5s, presented by musicians from Music in the Round's network of performers.
Join musicians and performers from Music in the Round's network for a series of videos featuring fun songs, nursery rhymes and activities for children aged 0-5.
Music in the Round presents a series of films, sharing professionals' tips in writing and composition. Learn how to write beautiful piano chords, and how to write for instruments including the double bass and flute.
Led by Music in the Round, this project used 19th-century composer Franz Schubert's Winter Journey as a starting point to help students find their voice and compose their own music. Delve deeper into the music and project in this series of videos.
Weston Park Museum's Picturing Sheffield brings together local scenes and views of the city from the past 250 years. These accompanying videos delve into the practices of four of its artists: Emilie Taylor, Pete McKee, David Hepher, and Pete Clarke.
Immerse yourself in the world of the Crucible's modern take on Shakespeare's gripping play, in Sheffield Theatres' online collection of videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.
Immerse yourself in the Crucible's 2018 charming, inventive version of the classic Shakespeare comedy, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells. This online experience brings together videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.
Bring the joy of storytelling and theatre-making into your home with downloadable activity sheets from Sheffield Theatres. Press pause on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs, to imagine a world of possibilities before you create your own show.
Join theatre-maker and actor Joe Boylan for a four-part video workshop in devising for theatre.
Join Sheffield Theatres' Resident Assistant Director Connie Treves for an online poetry workshop in the video below.
The Bank Vault from Sheffield Theatres is a place for theatre makers to submit anything they've created in the time of lockdown.
Sheffield Theatres' weekly Office Hours sessions are now online. This is a chance for you to chat to a member of the theatres' team – whether you have a specific question or idea you need help with, or just need another perspective on a project.
"One benefit to having to stay at home, is that’s where the videogames are!" Take some tips from the team at the National Videogame Museum, and discover fun educational and family games that will keep the kids (and big kids) busy whilst in lockdown.
Help Sheffield Libraries create one BIG poem for the city during lockdown!
Write a few words about what Sheffield means to you, and contribute to a poem that will be collated and edited by writer Nik Perring before going on display in a special way.
To mark Pride Month, Sheffield Libraries have put together an LGBTQ* writing list challenge. Featuring 120 books all available from the libraries – including memoir, fiction, comic books, graphic novels, oral history, and poetry.
Ever wanted to write your own interactive stories? The National Videogame Museum have put together a guide on how to do just that using Twine – free software that enables you to make your own story-based videogame!
In 2014 the National Portrait Gallery brought to town portraits of the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. Alongside the exhibition, Museums Sheffield and Word Life hosted performances by the city's own literary talents.
Sheffield’s dance festival Chance to Dance is postponed for 2020, but its organiser Nisha has pulled together a list of the city's dance sessions taking place online. Take your pick from flamenco, Bollywood, parent and child sessions, and lots more!
Help record this moment in time for future generations by contributing to Sheffield City Archives' COVID-19 Archive. They want to capture the everyday experiences (good and bad, exceptional and mundane) that make this period in history so unique.
The National Videogame Museum is rightly pretty proud of its collection of videogames and videogamey stuff. But they want to hear about yours too! Get thinking about your own collection of videogames with these downloadable activity sheets.
Video artist Rebecca Salvadori presents her most recent films documenting and exploring contemporary rave culture. Hosted online by Sheffield's No Bounds Festival.
AlgoMech is a music and art festival exploring the creative potential of code. Enjoy this footage from AlgoMech 2017 of the piece Failed Experiments by Anne-F Jacques and Ryoko Akama.
Let’s get creative! Download these activity sheets from the National Videogame Museum for fun ways to get creative whilst thinking about videogames – by designing your own arcade cabinet or videogame controller.
Revisit former years at ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) and support filmmakers, with the festival's guides to adventure films that are available to rent online.
Karen Sherwood is managing director at Sheffield's Cupola Contemporary Art. In this video she shares some thoughts on printmaking.
A regular series of blog posts from Sheffield Libraries, shining a spotlight on all manner of fascinating topics through online resources – images, podcasts, e-books and more.
Pay a visit to the best museum in the world… your home! While you’re stuck indoors delve into your collections, sift through photographs, find your first bear, or investigate the junk drawer.
Watch Kat Eaton cover some of the Steel City's great songs, all in aid of The Leadmill's #saveourvenues campaign.
Artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 following the screening of his film The Rest, about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.
A conversation with For Sama directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and protagonist Hamza al-Kateab, hosted by TV's Jon Snow. Told as a message from a young Syrian mother to her daughter, For Sama traces Waad's life through the uprising in Aleppo.
A day of talks bringing together perspectives from digital media, choreography and dance technology, traditional Andean and Ancient Greek textiles, e-textiles, philology, live coding and architecture. Filmed during AlgoMech 2019.
Chidera Eggerue preaches her messages of self-love and body positivity to thousands on her blog The Slumflower. Hear her discuss her campaigning work and plans for a documentary questioning ideals of beauty, in a talk filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.
During lockdown, Sheffield's National Emergency Services Museum has put together an ever-expanding bunch of free activities to try at home. Make your own 3D ambulance, lifeboat or police van, colour in everyday heroes, and lots more.
How might public galleries and philanthropists develop better relationships? Going Public explored this question with exhibitions of artwork from some of Europe's finest private collections. Here the collectors discuss their approaches to collecting.
Karen Sherwood set up Cupola Contemporary Art in Hillsborough in 1991. In this video she talks about why she runs the gallery.
A stream of a 14-hour, day-to-night party raising money for Foodhall and These Walls Must Fall Coronavirus Solidarity Fund – two organisations who are working harder than ever to help the most vulnerable in the city and wider regions.
Join Sheffield Libraries on Facebook for its series of creative prompts, encouraging you to write, draw, paint, photograph, knit, sew, sing, anything! Share your creations and they'll go on display at the Central Library when life returns to normal.
Amid by Shaeron Caton Rose was a 2017 exhibition at Cupola Gallery, featuring work made in response to the artist’s residencies in two different faith communities.
Thu. 6 June 2019 — Thu. 24 June 2021
In the spirit of togetherness, the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest have put together a list of documentary films screened at previous editions of the festival, which are now available to watch online.
Seahorse follows Freddy, a gay transgender man, in his quest to carry his own baby. Stream Freddy and the documentary's director Jeanie Finlay in conversation, filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.
Join George from the much missed Sheffield band The Crookes for a special live set, playing The Crookes tunes live for the first time since their emotional farewell at the Leadmill in 2017. In aid of the #SaveOurVenues campaign.
An online concert from the Sound Junction series. Expect juddering spluttering machines, a journey through the nervous system, and an exploration of technology, meditation, time and space. Turn down the lights and wear headphones!
The first in a series of free online film lists for your home viewing adventures, curated by Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF). Featuring skiing against a solar eclipse, freerunning on the Isle of Man, and more.
The fantastic Foodhall folk now have their own radio station! Tune in online every weekend for a diverse range of shows featuring music, art, conversation and more – all in the Foodhall ethos of tackling social isolation and encouraging integration.
Cupola has been bringing contemporary art to Hillsborough since 1991. Now, you can continue to enjoy the bright, welcoming Cupola experience online – see below for the gallery's Graham sharing some thoughts on collage.
Stream the set from Mexican-American techno DJ/producer DJ Rolando on the Resident Advisor stage at No Bounds in October 2019.
A series of livestreams, asking artists to delve into a musical form close to their hearts that they might not be known for but for which they have a serious passion. Starting with Hope Works/No Bounds resident Lo Shea exploring jazz.
Join in this fun Sensory Scavenger Hunt around your home or in the garden, created by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust. See if you can hunt down everything on the list and write or draw what you found!
Another week, another roundup of top adventure films to enjoy for free! This week's list from the ShAFF team covers awe-inspiring places, traversing the Canadian Rockies by paraglider, a beautiful story about an ageing climber, and more.
Ready for an adventure, or five? This week's list of free online films courtesy of ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) includes Greenland explorers, a colourful ultra run, Antarctica climbing epicness, and more.
"What can you get in a gallery for £200? What is the value of art and does it have anything to do with its price?” Cupola posed these questions with its 2017 exhibition Original 200. See video of the exhibition, featuring the work of 33 artists.
Join legendary singer-songwriter and political campaigner Billy Bragg for a live streamed concert. In support of The Leadmill, as part of the Save Our Venues campaign.
Sheffield Jazz presents Benn Clatworthy, a favourite with Sheffield audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour, supported by a top-class rhythm section. Enjoy this clip from a 2016 performance.
Follow an ultra runner to victory on Mont-Blanc. Visit a little known Cumbiran crag. Get to know the people who make an aid station happen. See cycling on the rooftops of Gran Canaria. Join a pro kayaker as they paddle over Niagara Falls.
Take a video tour around Cupola – showing you all four galleries and the sculpture garden.
The writer of Millions and 24 Hour Party People, and a key collaborator on the Olympic Opening Ceremony, shares a view on the power of story.
A clip from an intimate evening in the Crucible Studio with a saxophonist of international stature and his excellent band, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.
A new Sheffield-made family adventure film, following three kids on the run with a couple of donkeys – now available to watch online.
A symposium to wrap up the City of Ideas series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. With leading artists, architects, urbanists and public designers. Watch recordings of the talks from the day.
A performance at Sheffield Jazz in February 2016, from a band fronted by the jazz trumpet player widely considered to be one of the UK's greatest.
Join wonderful pianist Annabelle Lawson for a Concerteenies concert including music by Arlen, Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Randy Newman's Toy Story.
Under The Stars is a Sheffield-based arts and events charity for adults with learning disabilities. Members of its music groups have got together remotely to collaborate on this new song, created in response to lockdown.
A home activity from Concerteenies. You might think listening to music is only about using your ears. But what if your favourite piece of music could inspire your latest artistic creation?
Join James Lyons for a Concerteenies concert from his front room to yours. Join in with audience participation and have a little boogie.
A Sunday morning Listening Club with the Sheffield-based record label specialising in folk and acoustic music. Listening to an album in its entirety and delving deeper with commentary and insight from the artists.
Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change, as the Festival of Debate launches online. Providing a digital platform for discussion and debate of the key social, political, environmental and economic issues of the day.
Enjoy a virtual performance of music from Pixar film The Incredibles, recorded by members of Sheffield University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) from their homes during isolation. In aid of the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.
A look at the new beginnings of one the most talked about buildings in Sheffield. With contributions from residents, former MP and Housing Committee Chairman Roy Hattersley, and the building's developers Urban Splash.
A collaboration showcasing the contrasting alto saxophone talents of co-leaders Alan Barnes and Tony Kofi. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz at the Crucible Studio in spring 2016.
A performance from a quartet led by saxophonist, composer and educator Dave O'Higgins. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz in autumn 2017.
Take a peek around this fascinating building steeped in Sheffield's metalworking past. A former cutlery works, the birthplace of stainless steel cutlery, and now a community-run home to artists, craftspeople, musicians and small-scale manufacturers.
Join Concerteenies for some at-home music-based fun, using song to encourage children to draw shapes and patterns to gain confidence using a pencil.
Writer and environmentalist George Monbiot discusses the effect of the Covid-19 crisis on our society and the systemic change we need to be able to respond to it. Watch the recording from the live-streamed event.
A network seeking to explore the potential of universal basic income (UBI) and its effects on paid and unpaid work, leisure, wellbeing, relationships and our community. Watch a series of video interviews by UBI Lab Sheffield.
Now Then is all about supporting the things that make a community what it is – creativity, collaboration and conscience. Read past issues online and download the app for more articles and offers.
Literature champions, bringing events, publications and projects to Sheffield and across Yorkshire since 2006. Enjoy video highlights of past shows – including literary projections on a Sheffield landmark, poetry in a brewery, and more.
A burst of energy, rhythm, movement and vibrant showcases, kicking off Refugee Week and the first online Migration Matters Festival. Wherever you are – join in with a joyful celebration of sanctuary with artists from Sheffield and around the world.
Powerful, celebratory, affirming; this is theatre where refugees take centre stage. This is a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood, a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities.
Turn your house into a musical instrument using free software FoxDot, in a two-part workshop with artist and musician Lucy Cheesman.
Join Professor Walter Marcotti’s Hearing Research Group for a journey inside the ear, with audio-visual illusions, a simulation of age-related hearing loss, and more. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 10+, some activities 7+ / 5+
Join materials scientist Dr Alice Pyne and learn about the fundamentals of DNA topology. Get your hands on DNA structures with DNA Origami and learn how scientists are using 3D scanning. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 13+
Explore the role of vaccinations in preventing diseases with Dr Helen Marriott. Learn about the structure of viruses and get to grips with how vaccines combat pathogens with crafts and games. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 7+
Compare numbers of alcohol outlets in different parts of England and explore the drinking habits of people in Sheffield with maps developed by health statistician Dr Ines Henriques-Cadby. Live from 10am on Monday 1 June. Recommended for ages 13+
Learn about the work of cardiologist Dr Paul Morris and medical physicist Dr David Randall to produce 3D computational models of diseased coronary arteries and develop a virtual reality game. Live from 10am on Tuesday 2 June. Recommended for ages 10+
Delve into the world of DNA damage and repair with Professor Sherif El-Khamisy and his team of molecular biologists. Play games that explore how our cells repair DNA damage. Live from 10am on Sunday 31 May. Recommended for ages 10+
A film from Taiwan's Performosa Theatre, entangling family histories and stories about drifting within Asian islands. From economic immigration to war turmoil, time is used to look at the unsolved refugee crises, history and geography.
A dance workshop with Angelina from Mulembas d'Africa, a dance class concept strongly rooted in her Angolan background. Pursuing dance as a passion and communication method, and focussing on the primal power of movement as ritual and performance.
Textured, melodic music that takes you on a journey. With high energy kwela music inspired by the townships of Zimbabwe, strong melodies, drum rhythms that will summon you to dance, and soulful songs featuring the kora.
Songs of welcome and celebration from around the globe – reaching beyond borders and out of lockdown. With Stand and Be Counted Theatre in collaboration with Emily Ntshangase-Wood and Zoe Katsilerou.
A search for identity, a yearning for home. This dance piece is by Kuo-Shin Chuang Pangcah Dance Theatre – who develop their movements from traditional aboriginal dance in Taiwan, seeking new possibilities for traditional dance in modern times.
To close a joyous week of celebration, Migration Matters joins festival favourites Barang! for Global Adventures in Bass. Featuring special guest Kampire, among East Africa’s most exciting DJs and a core member of Kampala’s Nyege Nyege collective.
An immersive photography, textile and audio story exhibition. Based on collaborative workshops and the stories of local and refugee women living in UK textile and industrial towns, and a Refugee Women’s Safe House in Calais.
Celebrate the creative talents and contributions of young people seeking sanctuary. A showcase of spoken word, stories and songs created during lockdown by young people across the UK, curated by Compass Collective and streaming live for Refugee Day.
Picture a mother seeking asylum in the UK. What do you see? What you imagine may be far removed from reality. In this performance you will meet inspirational mothers from around the world who will share stories of Love and Loss.
Exploring global perspectives on the East and Southeast Asian migrant creative experience. The roundtable draws from the Eastern Margins creative community – drawing out collective experiences and discussions from different disciplines/geographies.
Play, imagine and co-create a new city in a live, interactive workshop with Chol Theatre. Imagine the people and creatures that inhabit this unique place, and establish the seeds of new stories in a shared new world.
Live world music and culture from Middle East and Africa hosted by cultural commentator Ayse Balkose. Featuring four artists who originally arrived in the UK as refugees, who'll be live from their own home music-spaces with songs and conversation.
Join international storyteller and hip-hop artist Alim Kamara for a L.I.P.S. (Listen, Imagine, Participate, Share) Storytelling Workshop. Sharing engaging stories along with tips and techniques to get you ready for the stage. For children and adults.
Have fun, break a sweat, and learn something fresh in this hip hop dance workshop for people of all levels! With Si Rawlinson from Wayward Thread, who use hip hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre to explore compassion and identity.
A podcast by researcher and comedian Abdulwahab Tahhan, giving a voice to refugees and allowing them to own the narrative of their stories. Taking the listener through some of the reality of trying and making a life in a foreign country.
What do you see through your window? Ignite Imaginations invites you to explore the experience of migration in the context of lockdown during a global pandemic. Watch the digital installation and join in with your own creative response.
A workshop discussing the maternity peer supporters programme for recent migrants in pregnancy and after birth – and its evolution to a community led Friendly Mothers group. Looking at how to reduce social isolation and increase access to healthcare.
Join in an interactive online music event with Stone Flowers, a music collective using music to support refugee and asylum seeker torture survivors. With musical activities and a performance of their latest composition written in English and Swahili.
An insightful look at exiled German Jewish academic Heinrich Walter Cassirer, stripped of his position by Hitler's first anti-Jewish law. Dr Iona Hine reconstructs the precarious experiences of a migrant academic in 1930s Britain.
Imaginary characters in their own homes tell stories from quarantine. From Side by Side, a community drama group working with refugees, asylum seekers and other people local to Sheffield, using drama as a tool for community cohesion and integration.
Five performers from across the globe challenge existing notions of ‘home’ in this multilingual celebration of personal identity. Combining storytelling, movement and music – from Stand and Be Counted, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary.
A sociodrama workshop enabling participants to collaboratively explore their situations during and post coronavirus. Considering a world that escapes the stuckness of no or limited movement, where everyone can move towards a certain kind of freedom.
A talk with Dr Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes recognising Indian migrant women's contribution to the UK. Focussing on Sophia Duleep's role in the Suffragette movement, and Noor Inayat Khan, a British secret agent who was captured and killed by the Nazis.
A bold global poetry show. Featuring Change the Word collectives from Sheffield and Coventry. With poets from DRC, Ethiopia, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Pakistan, Sudan and the UK, exploring what it means to be separate, connected, and to find hope.
A politically infused spoken-word performance with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. Her debut collection Postcolonial Banter came out in 2019. Her words are a disruption of comfort, a call to action, a redistribution of knowledge and an outpouring of dissent.
Calls to ‘decolonise’ are now commonplace on UK university campuses and activist spaces. In this interview, Racial Justice Network and African Voices Platform discuss the term, its historical and socio-political context, and its radical impetus.
Young people performing stories of migration between Sheffield and Brooklyn. Groups from the two places have been working together with Chol Theatre on a play based on their family stories. Here, they share a documentary and their experience so far.
Post-migration narratives of young refugees living in the UK. Dr Jawad Shah discusses his research, aimed at empowering people to embrace their interpretations of their journey and resettlement. Themes include language, racism and the role of family.
Untold stories of British Asian refugees of the African diasporas. Based on journalist/playwright Wersha Bharadwa’s interviews with women largely marginalised in history – their accounts of love, loss, courage and the effects of the British Empire.
A virtual exhibition of art that acts as a powerful, social and political tool – uniting people beyond borders through poetic vulnerability. Melding contemplative writing with trailblazing sounds – with Lucy DK, K.ZIA, Otis Mensah, and Lando Chill.
Covid-19 disproportionately affects black and ethnic minority lives. Explore policy, healthcare and institutionalised discrimination with former mayor and MEP Magid Magid, doctor and campaigner Sonia Adesara, NHS worker and filmmaker Hassan Akkad.
Researchers and clinicians from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust host a live online panel discussion, answering your questions about COVID-19 research. Part of International Clinical Trials Day 2020.
What’s changed – and what hasn’t – in UK young people’s media and technology use because of physical distancing and isolation? What do children’s media professionals need to consider when developing content for the short- and long-term?
What freelancers and the self-employed can do to survive the COVID-19 lockdown. Everything you need to know to keep going! This CMC Webinar took place on 1st May 2020 – stream a video of it here.
The third CMC webinar explores what’s being commissioned and made for kids that responds to or reflects the crisis – in TV, digital and social media – with expert analysis from CMC’s top regular rapporteurs and research into commissioning trends.
BBC Children’s Head of Content Cheryl Taylor discusses how a major broadcaster copes with the current crisis. Plus children’s author Laura Henry-Allain considers what influences in her childhood led to her way of thinking, creating and working.
Ahead of the publication of her first children’s picture book, Nadiya took to the stage to open CMC 2019. Watch her discuss mental health, intolerance, inequality, as she considers what we can all do to inspire young people to feel truly limitless.
DINA presents an online anthology of new work on the theme of small pleasures during lockdown, from 10 poets and 10 artists. Released on 23 July.
A digital patchwork stemming from the theme of small pleasures during these uncertain times, made up of 64 gifs sent in from Sheffield and around the world. To be launched online on 24 July. Submit your gif now!
In 2019 Site Gallery worked with artists with physical and learning disabilities from ArtWorks on a month-long residency at Sidney + Matilda. Enjoy this film documenting the residency.
An inspirational creative keynote talk from Malorie Blackman OBE – bestselling author and then children’s laureate – titled ‘The right to be seen, the need to be heard’.
Since becoming deaf at the age of seven, Jenny Sealey has been determined to tackle challenges her way. In this talk on the theme 'All Change,' she discusses her work in creating a new theatrical language where difference is embraced as the norm.
Poet Lemn Sissay presents a talk titled ‘Superman was a Foundling’. In a wide sweep exploring childhood, and the outsider at the heart of popular culture, Lemn reveals much about the role of divergence and difference in our lives.
Spoken-word artist, poet, rapper George Mpanga AKA George the Poet presents some poetic reflections on childhood, kids’ media, and how we serve the audience.
Children’s novelist, poet, broadcaster, and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen delivers a talk championing creativity and imagination in the face of what he calls “data-driven education”. With a performance by Rio-Leanna and Sam Castle.
An award-winning director and producer, and co-founder of educational charity Into Film, Beeban Kidron is passionate about the role stories can play in the development of young people’s identities and their sense of what it is to be human.
Illustrator, author and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is passionate about the act of creation, politically committed, and in 2016 was meeting thousands of young people from every background across the UK in his role as Children’s Laureate.
Sheffield University's Music Mind Machine research centre is launching three podcasts on Friday 3 July. Discussing music-colour synaesthesia, expressiveness in music, and music's relationship to space.
How would a Universal Basic Income help the creative industries? We asked Opus and artist Toby Lloyd for their thoughts.
Another dose of adrenaline from the ShAFF team. This week's online films feature moments of reflection 1200m off the ground, a bikepacking journey to the very north-west tip of Scotland, one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges, and more.
A video from Museums Sheffield celebrating LGBT+ experiences in Sheffield through their Proud! exhibition and displays at Weston Park Museum.
A little film about minerals and fossils from Museums Sheffield’s Geology collection, and how and why they change under UV light. It's a beauty.
A week's worth of adventure films from ShAFF. Featuring paragliding over the Alaska Range, a look at skiing and climate change, a crack climb, a fun ride around rural Scotland, and one of the oldest and toughest mountain races in the world.
An online radio station set up by music lovers for music lovers. Broadcasting from its Meersbrook studio with Winston Hazel, DJ STAV, 601 Crew, Ann D and more playing everything from reggae to disco, northern soul to drum and bass, house to new wave.
Sheffield poet laureate and hip-hop hero Otis Mensah presents a new series of ten songs, accompanied by original animations by illustrator Jim Spendlove. First in the series is a collaboration with Hemlock Ernst of the US-based band Future Islands.
Video highlights of a unique performance, exploring the musical diversity of the city through singing and live coding. Arranged by SONA and featuring 15 live vocal performances across six indoor and outdoor stages at DINA, for Migration Matters 2018.
Hear the history of ska music summarised in two minutes in this insightful interview with Dave Campbell, founder of Sheffield-based ska and reggae 12-piece Jungle Lion. Interview by Diana Read for DINA TV.