Sheffield Institute of Arts GalleryCreative Tourist
Sheffield Institute of Arts’ Gallery is home to a range of changing exhibitions, from historic graphic design to contemporary fine art. With free admission, the gallery is open daily during exhibitions.
The Sheffield Institute of Arts’ roots can be traced back to 1843 – when the Sheffield School of Design was founded to provide skilled designers to support Britain’s industry. With a rich history spanning 170 years, the Sheffield Institute of Art (SIA) now sits within Sheffield Hallam University as the city’s art school and an integral part of Sheffield’s art scene.
You’ll find SIA occupying one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings – the Grade II listed old Post Office building on Fitzalan Square. With heavy oak doors, parquet flooring and grand spiral staircase among its original features, the Edwardian building offers an inspiring backdrop. Dedicated to showcasing the work of artists and makers and nurturing creativity, the school boasts an impressive alumni; animator Nick Park, designer David Mellor, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and author Marina Lewycka all studied at SIA.
The SIA Gallery showcases the very best artwork from members of the university community alongside work from visiting artists. Previous exhibitors have included David Mellor, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Charles Atlas, Ken Garland, Lance Wyman, Laurie Anderson and George Grosz. Offering a regularly changing exhibitions programme, the gallery also hosts Sheffield Hallam University’s annual degree show.