Join the Sheffield Family Tree

Our Curator of Visual Art, Louisa Briggs on how you could see your family snapshots on display at the Millennium Gallery as part of our new exhibition The Family in British Art.

Our new exhibition opening at the Millennium Galleryin February will explore the huge changes in the portrayal of family in Britain that have taken place over the last few centuries. Continuing the Great British Art Debate, The Family in British Art will feature paintings, photography, film and sculpture from a diverse range of artists including Thomas Gainsborough, William Hogarth, Stanley Spencer, Tracey Emin and Rachel Whiteread.

Spanning 400 years of British art, the exhibition will see images from national galleries such as Tate, the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery shown alongside private loans and work from Sheffield’s own visual art collection to illustrate just how radically the British idea of family and the way it’s been represented has developed.

As part of The Family in British Art, we’d like your help in creating a special Sheffield-focused interactive to complement the works on show. We’d like you to email in your family snapshots to form part of the 'Sheffield Family Tree', a digital interactive which will show images ofSheffield families on video screens in the gallery space.

The idea of the family unit is so diverse – family can be your parents and grandparents, your siblings, your partner, your children, your close friends, or even your pets. We hope our 'Sheffield Family Tree' will showcase some of the different types of families that live in the city today.

We’d like you to send us any digital photographs of your family, from recent snaps of birthday parties to digital scans of old family photos – if you’d like to see your family photos on show in the exhibition, just email them in jpeg format to us at: families@museums-sheffield.org.uk

Image: Jonathan Leaman, A Jan Steen Kitchen, 1995-6 © courtesy of the artist & Beaux Arts Gallery

Nov 29 2011

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