Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LH – Visit Now
Graves Gallery is home to Sheffield’s visual art collection, with a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions arranged across eight galleries. Situated on the top floor of Sheffield’s Central Library, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sheffield city centre, Graves gallery offers a peaceful retreat for visitors to enjoy the city’s art and a changing exhibition programme.
Dedicated to ‘the service of knowledge and art’, the gallery opened in July 1934 and takes its name from its benefactor, John George Graves, an entrepreneur and keen art collector. Featuring works by the likes of JMW Turner, Cezanne, Bridget Riley and Grayson Perry, Graves Gallery offers visitors an impressive tour through art history, from the present day to the 16th century.
Currently closed, the gallery is undergoing a full refurbishment and is due to reopen in late spring 2021. The full renovation will see the re-cladding of the walls in three of the main galleries, a revamp of the exhibition areas and a refresh of many of the artworks on display. The funds will also be used to carry out conservation work on Sheffield’s art collection, and to facilitate outreach projects and new commissions.
With an impeccable collection of European painting and sculpture and a rotating series of perfectly-curated contemporary exhibitions, Graves is a true gem of a gallery. And with the Millennium Gallery just around the corner and Weston Park Museum just a Supertram ride away, it’s in good company.