Art in Sheffield

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Sheffield has a large population of amateur, working and professional visual artists.

Sheffield City and Metropolitan borough in England

Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 577,800 (mid-2017 est.) and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group. Sheffield is the third-largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000.

Notable artists linked with Sheffield include John Ruskin, Joe Scarborough, Pete McKee, the Designers Republic, Thom Wilson and Kid Acne.

John Ruskin 19th-century English writer and art critic

John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy.

Joe Scarborough is an artist born in Sheffield, England in 1938. He is most famous for painting humorous scenes of Sheffield life - everyday "real" images of the life and people of South Yorkshire.

Pete McKee is a painter and commercial artist from Sheffield, England. He is a cartoonist for the Sheffield Telegraph's sports section. He has exhibited regularly around the North of England. Using bright colours his characters inhabit a world of working men's clubs, bingo halls and family trips to the seaside. Football is also heavily featured in his work although he regularly depicts fans from both halves of the footballing divide in Sheffield: Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the team he himself supports.

Galleries in Sheffield include Millennium Galleries (also containing the Ruskin Gallery), constructed in 2001, the Graves Art Gallery (in the top floor of the Art Deco period building that houses Sheffield Central Library) the Site Gallery (a digital arts media gallery) S1 Artspace, Bloc Projects and Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery (part of Sheffield Hallam University). Weston Park Museum incorporates the Sheffield City Museum and Mappin Art Gallery.

The Ruskin Gallery is a gallery within the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield, England.

Graves Art Gallery

Graves Art Gallery is an art gallery in Sheffield, England. The gallery is located above the Central Library in Sheffield city centre. It houses permanent displays from the city’s historic and contemporary collection of British and European art along with a programme of temporary exhibitions.

Art Deco Influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s

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The Site Gallery, along with studios such as Yorkshire ArtSpace and the participatory arts space Access Space, are located in the Cultural Industries Quarter of Sheffield. This area is also home to the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, an arthouse cinema which occasionally showcases art. Blighty Art opened on 2012 Ecclesall Road.[ citation needed ]

Yorkshire ArtSpace is a project established to provide studio space for artists which opened in October 2001 at the Persistence Works building in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It occupies a key site at the termination of Furnival Street, forming a main elevation to Brown Street, the main street of the city's Cultural Industries Quarter.

Access Space an open digital arts lab in Sheffield in the United Kingdom

Access Space is an open digital arts lab in Sheffield in the United Kingdom. It is the longest running free media lab in the UK, practising and promoting sustainability through re-use of technology. The lab is funded by the Arts Council of England, the European Social Fund of the European Union, and the National Lottery of the UK.

Cultural Industries Quarter

The Cultural Industries Quarter is a district in the city centre of Sheffield, England, and one of the eleven Quarters designated in the 1994 City Centre Strategy. It is roughly triangular in shape, and is bound by Howard Street, Sheaf Square and Suffolk Road to the north-east, St Mary's Road to the south and Eyre Street and Arundel Gate to the north-west, with Granville Square in the south-east. The name given reflects the intention to create a cluster of music, film and science-based businesses in the area. Businesses based in the area include:

Various initiatives/shows exist throughout the year to showcase the work of local Sheffield, Yorkshire and Derbyshire artists - amateur through to professional. Amongst these are "Open Up Sheffield", "Art in the Gardens" (held in Sheffield Botanical Gardens in September) and the Great Sheffield Art Show, previously held on the first weekend in July at the Octagon Centre in Sheffield, now held later in the year at the Millennium Gallery

Open Up Sheffield is an open art show held in Sheffield usually over two consecutive weekends during May Day Bank Holiday and either the preceding or following weekend. The shows take place over a range of venues, mainly in artists' own studios, and encourage visitors to the studios to discuss with the artists concerned their work and working practices. Most artists participating have work for sale. It showcases the best in amateur and professional art in Sheffield work from Sheffield and surrounding areas.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

The Sheffield Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens situated off Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, England, with 5,000 species of plants in 19 acres (77,000 m2) of land.

Octagon Centre

The Octagon Centre, built in 1983, is a multi-purpose conference centre and music venue at the University of Sheffield, England. Situated in the Western Bank campus, it is joined by a skyway to University House and comprises an eight-sided auditorium with a capacity of 1,500, offices, meeting rooms, and a lounge with bar and patio.

Sheffield is also home to two universities, one of which Sheffield Hallam University, has a Fine Arts department formerly based at Psalter Lane which relocated to Sheffield City Centre in 2008.

Sheffield Hallam University university in Sheffield, United Kingdom

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a public university in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It is based on two sites; the City Campus is located in the city centre near Sheffield railway station, while the Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away in the Broomhall Estate off Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield.

Psalter Lane was the location of a former campus of Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. One of the former polytechnic's three bases, the campus officially closed on 31 August 2008 and work to demolish all but the old Bluecoat School building began in March 2010. Demolition work was scheduled to be completed by September 2010. It was situated further out of central Sheffield than the City campus on Pond Street and the Collegiate Crescent campus. Psalter Lane was mainly concerned with ACES courses, although a number of courses within the Faculty of Development and Society were also taught on site, such as film studies.

Sheffield City Centre human settlement in United Kingdom

Sheffield City Centre is a district of the City of Sheffield, and is partly covered by the City ward of the City of Sheffield. It includes the area that is within a radius of roughly 0.75 miles (1.2 km) of Sheffield Cathedral, and is encircled by the Inner Ring Road—a circular route started in the late 1960s and completed in 2007. As well as the cathedral, buildings in the city centre include the Grade I listed Town Hall, the City Hall, and the Winter Gardens. Several areas of the city centre have been designated as quarters. It is home to the city's major business, transport, leisure and cultural attractions. The City centre is currently undergoing massive re-generation with every section of the City centre set to be re-developed. Plans and projects include the development of new squares and public spaces, new residential and office buildings including St. Pauls Tower, Velocity Living, and the under-construction Velocity Tower, the Sevenstone and Moor shopping areas, redevelopment of existing buildings such as the Crucible Theatre and better transport and shopping facilities and new cultural attractions such as museums and art galleries.

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