Spring Shoots & Scores

The one-off ‘transitional’ support we have now received from the Arts Council following our major funding cut means that three exhibitions which had been threatened this spring/summer will now take place.  Though the future funding of Museums Sheffield remains uncertain, we hope that our visitors will join us in making this new season one to remember. As ever, the best way to help us keep making the case for investment in Sheffield’s cultural life is to get in amongst it and celebrate all it has to offer.

From April 11 the Graves Gallery gets glamorous with an exhibition of self-portraits from the iconic Andy Warhol.  Brought to Sheffield by Artist Rooms, the same initiative which saw Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs on display at the Graves in 2010, this show has been co-curated by Anthony d’Offay, the art collector behind Artist Rooms.  Warhol was one of the most photographed artists of the 20th century, and in Andy Warhol: Late Self Portraits we see his own lens turned on himself. Self-portraits from the late seventies until just before his untimely death in 1987 reveal the many faces of the artist who succeeded in becoming a household name.  If you’ve not made it up to the Graves Gallery for a while, this is your cue to rediscover it.

At the end of April, Weston Park museum will launch an exhibition that children in Sheffieldwill remember for many years to come.  Magic Worlds is on tour from the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, and explores our historical obsession with magic and fantasy.  Featuring a huge range of costumes, tricks, vintage toys, paintings, ceramics, illustrations, posters, puppets and games, this is a show that will repay more than one visit.

In early June, the Millennium Gallery ‘goes large’ with a brand new exhibition by Sheffield-based artist Paul Morrison (main image above).  Over the past 15 years Paul has gradually built up a worldwide following, but despite solo shows as far afield asTokyo and New York, this will be his first major exhibition in his hometown ofSheffield.  Paul’s trademark big, bold illustrations, often covering entire gallery walls, are perfectly suited to the wide expanses of the Millennium Gallery and we look forward to welcoming him home.

Three very different but equally exciting exhibitions are on the way, alongside a range of talks and events to help visitors get more out of them.  We hope to see you there.

Mar 08 2012

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