Sheffield has the most artists’ studios outside of London, and many of them have made their home at Yorkshire Artspace, either in the light-filled spaces of the purpose-built Persistence Works or the six-floor art deco Exchange Place Studios in Castlegate.
Each November around 125 ceramicists, jewellers, furniture makers, printmakers, painters and sculptors have a little tidy, before opening their studio doors to a large and curious audience. Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity to see inside the working spaces of some of our city’s most creative residents, and maybe make some headway with your Christmas shopping.
A few years ago we were invited behind the scenes at Yorkshire Artspace to meet a small number of the many artists and makers and poke around their studios. It was a real privilege to see the working environments of these incredibly talented people and to watch them at work. Get to know these artists below, as well as others based in the studios that we've interviewed since – but we insist you visit yourselves, to smell the ink, wood and paint, see the presses, looms and potters wheels, and, most importantly, to meet all the other artists who are continuing Sheffield’s proud tradition of making.
For 2019, you'll also be able to enjoy the exhibitions Art in the Home at Persistence Works, and Painterly Exchange's Regeneration at Exchange Place. There'll be free drop-in workshops with street artist Fem Sorcell at Persistence Works, creating a giant communal drawing inspired by the Botanical Gardens, while at Exchange Place you can join Mandy Gamsu and Karen Davies, members of Painterly Exchange for a free painting workshop discussing themes and sharing techniques applied in the paintings in their exhibition Regeneration. There'll be coffee served in both places, by local independent favourites Motore Cafe and Albie's.