Artistic Director, Site Gallery
John Ruskin was possibly the first person to put Sheffield on the map in the art world. Drawn to the Rivelin Valley in the West of the city from the industrial regions of the East, he set up painters groups which still have roots in the city today, and his work and philosophies on nature are influences the world over thanks to his experiences here.
With brutalist architecture and the explosion of the electronic music scene in Sheffield came new forms of art - street art being one of them, but also progressive and digital arts. A recent study by the University of Sheffield gives you further context on the value of the scene to the city.
Site gallery is one of the most central, sandwiched neatly in between the Showroom Cinema and Yorkshire Artspace - which often hold exhibitions and artist days themselves. Many other galleries use the buildings and spaces in Sheffield as part of their identity, such as S1 Artspace and Bloc projects.
Cupola Gallery specialises in contemporary fine art, whilst more intimate venues include the likes of APG works (who do framing too), Sidney and Mathilda, The Viewing Room hosted in Kommune food hall, 99 Mary Street and 35 Chapel Walk.
All in all, you’re never far away from an inspiring and often free exhibition, installation or event with a buzzing creative community who’ll always tell you what else is going on across the city.
Image credit: Helena Dolby for Yorkshire Art Space