Art Galleries in Sheffield

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Sheffield, once graced by the great John Ruskin himself, is a down-to-earth city with affordable rent – a winning combination that has given rise to a refreshingly unpretentious, fiercely creative art scene. From the big, city-centre art galleries to the smaller, independent spaces (venturing into the depths of post-industrial Kelham Island, and the modernist heights of the iconic Park Hill estate), there’s plenty going on in Sheffield.

A contender for the UK’s largest practicing community of artists and designers outside London – creative energy and artistic activity courses through this Northern city. Offering dynamic and diverse programmes, the city’s galleries are inclusive and accessible. Many of the exhibitions are also accompanied by workshops and events – helping you to get closer to the artwork and find out about the artist’s inspiration, processes and ideas.

Many of Sheffield’s galleries are close to one another, meaning you can conveniently hop from one gallery to another. Offering an insight into Sheffield’s unique heritage, Millennium Gallery sits just around the corner from Graves Gallery, home to the city’s visual art collection. Pop to one and then the other for a day filled with a few hundred years’ worth of art history. Head to Site Gallery to moving image, new media and performance and then nearby  S1 Artspace for one of the best contemporary art programmes.

Check out our guide to the top art galleries in Sheffield.

Our top picks

Site Gallery Sheffield

Site Gallery Sheffield, 1 Brown Street, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S1 2BS - Visit now

Specialising in moving image, new media and performance, and offering a busy events programme, a visit to Site in Sheffield is not to be missed.

Site Gallery, Sheffield

Graves Gallery

Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LH - Visit now

Home to Sheffield’s visual art collection and an impressive number of European paintings and sculpture, the city would not be the same without Graves Gallery. Following a major refurbishment, the gallery is once again open to visitors with revamped exhibitions spaces and a third of the artwork on display changed over.

Graves Gallery
Work by Marc Quinn and Bridget Riley at the Graves Gallery. Photo: Museums Sheffield.

Millennium Gallery

Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP - Visit now

Branching off from the impressive glass dome structure of the Winter Gardens (one of the largest of its type in the UK), Millennium Gallery is home to the Sheffield’s extensive Ruskin Collection and Metalwork Collection – capturing the Steel City’s industrial heritage in more than 13,000 objects – alongside two impressive temporary exhibitions spaces.

Millenium Gallery Sheffield
Millennium Gallery. Photo: Andy Brown.

S1 Artspace in Sheffield

S1 Artspace in Sheffield, 1 Norwich Street, Park Hill, Sheffield, S2 5PN - Visit now

S1 Art Space has been going strong for over 20 years; providing a home to over 130 artists (including the international award-winning Haroon Mirza) during this time, and presenting numerous major exhibitions, including works by artists such as Michael Fullerton, Jessica Warboys, Jeremy Deller and Hito Steyerl. Since relocating in 2016, it’s also gained the added allure of now being based in a former garage block of Sheffield’s iconic Park Hill estate.

S1 Artspace, Park Hill, Sheffield. Photograph by Reuben James Brown
Photo by Reuben James Brown, courtesy of S1 Artspace

Bloc Projects

Bloc Projects, 71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield, S1 4RB - Visit now

The classic ‘former-industrial-building-turned-blank-gallery-space’, Bloc Projects has been exhibiting work by early to mid-career artists for over 15 years, and runs a year-round programme of interdisciplinary screenings, performances, talks and education activities.

Bloc Projects in Sheffield - Open Residency: Duncan Higgins at Bloc Projects
Open Residency: Duncan Higgins at Bloc Projects

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield, S1 2AY - Visit now

Sheffield Institute of Arts’ Gallery is home to a range of changing exhibitions, from historic graphic design to contemporary fine art.

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery
Sheffield Institute of Arts.

APG Works Gallery, Sheffield

APG Works Gallery, Sheffield, 16-20 Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RH - Visit now

Situated in yet another former cutlery factory, APG Works Gallery hosts a regular series of exhibitions by local, national and international artists. It’s also a great framers and offers expert screen printing services.

APG Works Gallery, Sheffield
APG Works, Sheffield

Where to go in Sheffield

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Hope Works

An old WW1 gun-barrel-factory reimagined and repurposed as a hub of Sheffield’s creativity, with music and art events regularly put on.

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Fronteer Gallery

Fronteer Gallery provides a community hub – an inclusive and supportive exhibition platform for all artists with regular events.

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The Viewing Room

Micro-Gallery with a mission to be a ‘high potency visual espresso’, promoting unique engagement with contemporary art and hosting regular events.

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Sidney and Matilda

Sidney and Matilda, a former paper factory, is now one of Sheffields’s most exciting gig venues and art spaces.

Site Gallery, Sheffield
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Site Gallery Sheffield

Specialising in moving image, new media and performance, and offering a busy events programme, a visit to Site in Sheffield is not to be missed.

S1 Artspace, Park Hill, Sheffield. Photograph by Reuben James Brown
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S1 Artspace in Sheffield

S1 Artspace is a gallery and studio organisation based in Sheffield that actively supports the production and presentation of new work and ideas.

Bloc Projects in Sheffield - Open Residency: Duncan Higgins at Bloc Projects
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Bloc Projects

Established in 2002, Bloc Projects in Sheffield is an artist-led project space with an annual programme of exhibitions, events and educational activity.

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