Around 160 artists and makers from Sheffield's creative community 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 over 100 of the resident ceramicists, jewellers, furniture makers, printmakers, painters, woodworkers and sculptors have a little tidy, before opening their studio doors to a curious audience.
After a year out in 2020, Yorkshire Artspace's Open Studios is back for 2021.
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.
Yorkshire Artspace's Persistence Works complex was the first purpose-built studios in the UK, and this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, there'll be free arts activities in the gallery over the weekend. Meanwhile at Exchange Place Studios, a group exhibition curated by Sean Williams will showcase paintings, drawings and prints made by some of the artists at Yorkshire Artspace. Local cafes will be serving hot drinks at both venues.
You can arrive at any time within your chosen session. Without booking you may need to queue outside.
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.
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