Museums Sheffield from Home: Art & Artists

Joe Scarborough, 5pm on the Canal, 2018. Image ©

Dig deeper into some of the highlights from the city’s Visual Art collection, our recent exhibition programme, and find out more about some of the artists we work with.

Talking Art: The Misses Vickers Sisters by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent's The Misses Vickers (1884) is one of the most popular paintings in Sheffield's visual art collection. Here, Museums Sheffield's Curator of Visual Art, Liz Waring, talks about what’s depicted in the painting. 

Life in the Big Village with Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough's affectionate, often humorous, depictions of everyday scenes of Yorkshire life pay tribute to the region and the spirit of its people. Join Joe on a trip around the city to discover the inspiration behind his bold and colourful paintings.

Lines of Beauty Insights
With Prof Angie Hobbs & Rev Suzanne Knockels

Find out more about some of the hidden stories in a selection of the remarkable works featured in the Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth exhibition.

Painting History: The Execution of Marshal Ney by Gerome 

Gerome’s The Execution of Marshal Ney is one of the most intriguing paintings in Sheffield's collections. In this film created with the University of Sheffield we re-examine the story behind it.


Heads Roll: Portraiture with Glenn Brown, Machiko Edmondson & Gerard Hemsworth

The depiction of the head or face is one of the most compelling images in our visual language and was the focus for the Heads Roll exhibition curated by Paul Morrison. We spoke to contributing artists Glenn Brown, Machiko Edmondson and Gerard Hemsworth about their approach to portraiture and the use of the head as a subject in their work.

Dan Holdsworth: Mapping the Limits of Space

Internationally-acclaimed contemporary artist Dan Holdsworth’s work is a highlight of the city’s visual art collection. Here he talks about some of his approach as part of the 2017 exhibition at the Graves Gallery, Mapping the Limits of Space.

Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

Aerialist Blaze Tarsha created this performance in response to the world’s most famous circus painting – Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, which depicts Miss La La suspended by a rope clenched between her teeth, over 200 feet in the air. The painting went on show at Weston Park Museum in 2016 in the exhibition Circus! Show of Shows, created in partnership with Prof Vanessa Toulmin from the University of Sheffield.


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