Sheffield Museums 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: South East View of Sheffield by William Ibbitt

William Ibbitt's watercolour of South East View of Sheffield was painted in 1854. In this short film, our Curator of Social History, Clara Morgan, talks us through the various scenes captured in the picture. Clara also explores the changes that have occurred in the city since the landscape was painted and highlights features that can still be seen today.

Talking Art: The Lady of Shalott by William Maw Egley

William Maw Egley's painting illustrates Lord Alfred Tennyson's celebrated poem 'The Lady of Shalott', which is based on the legend of King Arthur. Learn more about the story the painting depicts from our Curator of Visual Art, Liz Waring. 

Talking Art: Western Facade of the Basilica of San Marco, Venice by John Wharlton Bunney

John Wharlton Bunney's striking study of the Basilica of San Marco, Venice is one of the highlight's of the Guild of St George's Ruskin Collection. Here, Sheffield Museums' Ruskin Curator, Louise Pullen, explores Bunney's approach to capturing this architectural icon. 

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, Sheffield Museums' 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.