There are so many amazing creative spaces in Sheffield, including galleries, museums, street art spaces and temporary exhibitions all over the city and we think they are well worth a visit. With so many free to visit it is the perfect way to really experience something creative without eating into your income. In the current climate, finding free activities that can help you escape the bad news and bring some joy and light relief is very welcome. We are proud to say that we have visited most of the creative spaces in the city and we thought we would share some of our favourites with you….

For the past 20 years Bloc Projects has provided artist-led exhibitions, events and educational programmes. Bloc is a wonderful environment that is free to the public to visit.

71 Eyre Lane

Sheffield

S1 4RB

Website: www.blocprojects.co.uk

APG Works is a former cutlery factory – a two-room contemporary art exhibition space, screen print studios and framing workshop. It regularly hosts exhibitions of work by local, national and international artists. The gallery has worked with some of Sheffield’s finest graphic artists over the last 20 years.

16-20 Sidney St

Sheffield

S1 4RH

Website: apgworks.co.uk

Millennium Gallery is arguably Sheffield’s most well-known art gallery with exhibitions by both local and international artists. Connected to the beautiful Winter Gardens, the location is both restful and inspiring, which is one of the reasons the gallery can attract international partners like The Tate, V&A and the National Portrait Gallery. They also have a wonderfully friendly cafe which really does make this gallery feel like our big sister!

Arundel Gate

Sheffield

S1 2PP

Website: www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

Sheffield Makers is also located near the Millennium Gallery, inside the Winter Gardens and sells items created by makers and artists living in Sheffield. A true made in Sheffield Story

Unit 2/3 Winter Gardens, 

90 Surrey Street, 

S1 2LH 

Website: sheffieldmakersshop.com

B&B is a gallery with screen-print studio and residency programme, founded by curators and artists Bradbury & Blanchard. It promotes the work of emerging and established contemporary artists through collaborative editions, periodic exhibitions and projects around the world.

95B Mary Street

Sheffield

S1 4RT

Website: www.bandbgallery.com

99 Mary Street is a post-industrial concept space for showing and sharing a variety of artists mainly from Sheffield and South Yorkshire. A true home city art space.

99 Mary Street

Sheffield

S1 4RT

Website: www.99mary.st

Since 1995 S1 Artspace has been providing studio space for Sheffield artists with an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, screenings and events. More than 160 artists have exhibited there. PhD students from Sheffield Hallam University also exhibit there. 

1 Norwich Street, 

Park Hill

Sheffield

S2 5PN

Website: www.s1artspace.org

Artcade is in the Forum shopping arcade. Showcasing and selling the work of Sheffield’s newest and contemporary Artists.

Unit 10, 

Forum Arcade

Devonshire Street

S3 7SB

Website: www.facebook.com

Established in 1843 The Sheffield Institute of Arts’ Gallery boast the most diverse of the art world of Sheffield and displays ever changing exhibitions, from historic graphic design to contemporary fine art.

Fitzalan Square, 

Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield

S1 2AY

Website: www4.shu.ac.uk

Established in 1991 Cupola Contemporary Art, is a beautiful gallery with a range of fine art and crafts to view and purchase. At any point their diverse range will show up 300 artists!

178 Middlewood Road

Sheffield

S6 1TD UK

Website: www.cupolagallery.com

Graves Gallery is home to temporary exhibitions across eight galleries on the top floor of Sheffield’s stunning Central Library. The gallery was first opened in July 1934 by John George Graves (hence the name), a renowned art collector. After a full refurbishment the gallery reopened in 2021 and continues to regularly display paintings, sculptures and contemporary exhibitions.

Surrey Street

Sheffield

S1 2LH

Website: www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

Site Gallery first opens in 1978 as a photography gallery but moved into a more diverse range of exhibitions in the last 30 years. In the last decade Site Gallery underwent a huge redevelopment. The renovation tripled the gallery’s size and now also plays host to a bookshop, along with an education and events area with a community-run café, in the heart of Sheffield’s historic Cultural Industries Quarter.

1 Brown Street

Sheffield

S1 2BS

Website: www.sitegallery.org

Pete McKee is one of Sheffield’s own, with his art helping to put Sheffield and Yorkshire on the map. Pete McKee opened his gallery in 2010 and is regularly visited by people from all over the world. There you can view and purchasea range of McKee prints and products, including limited edition and original artwork.

365 Sharrow Vale Road
Sheffield
S11 8ZG

Website https://www.petemckee.com/visit-us/   

Western Park Museum is another of Sheffield original museums and was first opened in 1875 in Weston House. Their Mappin Art Gallery was originally built to house the collection of work by the Rotherham businessman John Newton Mappin. Over the years the museum has been developed and rebuilt into the beautiful museum it is today. From 1965 to present it has hosted a range of international and local art exhibitions.

Western Bank

Sheffield

S10 2TP

Website https://www.sheffieldmuseums.org.uk/visit-us/weston-park-museum/

The Meadowhall gallery offers the perfect opportunity for causal and relaxed viewing. 

Castle Fine Art has been showing collections from modern artists since 1995. Although a nationwide business they are committed to make art accessible for all and have worked alongside collectors and local communities to provide exhibitions for new and established artists

Meadowhall Shopping Centre, 

3 Park Lane 
Sheffield
S9 1EL

Website https://www.castlefineart.com/galleries/sheffield

Since 2020 Fronteer Gallery has provided a contemporary art space which hosts a varied programme of open call exhibitions, events and workshops. As one of the newer galleries in the city they are focused on making art space affordable to the artists and art affordable to the public.

Unit 4,

Orchard Square, 

Sheffield,

S1 2FB

Website https://www.fronteer.co.uk/fronteer-gallery

As sponsors, it would be remiss of me not to mention Open Up, which takes place in May each year. It is a free annual event where you can meet artists in their studios, see how their work is created and even purchase works of art. In 2023 Open Up will be celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Website https://www.openupsheffield.co.uk

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