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Art Galleries in Sheffield Beauty, like art, is in the eye of the beholder; so if you want to broaden your artistic horizons and challenge your eye for art, spend some time at Sheffield’s art galleries.

Sheffield now has two main art galleries run by the Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust. These galleries are Graves Art Gallery and the Millennium Galleries, both of which are within easy reach of the city centre and could all be explored in a day, however the exciting temporary exhibitions will give you plenty of reason to keep going back.

The Millennium Galleries [map] opened in 2001 and is a real cultural statement both in terms of its modern architecture and its artistic offerings. The building is actually home to four separate galleries brought together to give visitors a wider view of art from the past and the present.

The Ruskin Gallery [map] gives visitors the chance to glimpse into the past with minerals, paintings, drawings, ornithological prints, Medieval manuscripts, books and architectural plastercasts assembled by John Ruskin, while the Special Exhibition Gallery plays host to touring exhibitions from the Tate and the Victoria and Albert.

The complex is also home to the Craft and Design Gallery, the largest space of its kind in the region. Exhibits here cover creations from contemporary artists as well as craftsmanship from the past. Finally, the Metalwork Gallery also combines the past and present, with metalwork on display dating back to the 14th century. This is a collection of world importance but also has particular relevance to Sheffield and its past.

Graves Gallery [map] is close to the Millenium Galleries and can be found on the third floor of the Central Library building. As part of the Tudor Square cultural complex this gallery offers visitors the chance to enjoy a European view of 19th and 20th century art for free.

This gallery has been a centre for art in Sheffield since 1934 and from the start it has shown a permanent collection alongside temporary exhibitions. With works by Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Bonnard and Chadwick, the permanent exhibition gives an insight into the development of Modern Art, while the temporary exhibitions often include an element of contemporary art enabling visitors to get a sense of an artisitic past, present and possible future.

Sheffield did also have a third major art gallery in the Mappin Art Gallery [map]. It closed in 2003 but will reopen in 2005 as the Weston Park Museum, “a modern museum to engage, entertain and inspire visitors for many generations to come”.

However despite this loss the city’s art scene is still flourishing with Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter leading the way. Here you’ll find the UK’s first purpose built fine art and craft studio complex, Persistence Works. It is not only the base for the Yorkshire ArtSpace Society but also provides studio space for around 70 artists in the region.

Technology has had a significant impact on art, and if you want to view art that addresses this through installations, film and electronic media, then check out what’s on at the Site Gallery [map] . Located on Brown Street not far from the Showroom cinema, this gallery has an ever-changing programme of exhibitions that give both a national and an international context for these fresh art forms.

As well as having art on display, the Site Gallery also has a lively programme of workshops, courses, conferences and talks to help you get to grips with contemporary art. There’s also a special programme of events for 14-18 year olds and a university and college programme, so whatever your age, the Site Gallery has something for you.

Venturing away from the city centre you’ll find even more art on display as the city embraces its creative side. There’s the Cuppola Gallery [map], which showcases painting, jewellery, glass, textile, furniture and more in its four exhibition spaces and sculpture garden. The main gallery has around ten shows a year with new exhibitions appearing in the other galleries at least as frequently. This is a warm and welcoming gallery in which to view art, an ideal atmosphere for novices and art lovers alike.

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