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Creative Connections Sheffield

Jessica Ennis-Hill by Kate Peters, 2012 © Kate Peters | Alex Turner by Julian Broad, 2013 © Julian Broad / National Portrait Gallery, London | Magid Magid by Chris Saunders, March 2018 © Chris Saunders
Thursday 30 June 2022 - Sunday 2 October 2022

Who are the people that represent Sheffield? From pioneers and performers to athletes and artists, Creative Connections celebrates the public figures synonymous with our city.

The exhibition brings together over 30 works from the National Portrait Gallery and Sheffield’s own collection, including portraits of Alex Turner, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sean Bean, Self Esteem, Otis Mensah, Helen Sharman, Mary, Queen of Scots and more. Visitors will also discover some of Sheffield’s little-known connections with famous names, including US aviator Amy Johnson and founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.

The works go on display alongside a striking bus shelter installation created by Sheffield artist Conor Rogers and students at Sheffield Park Academy, exploring ideas of place, community and inspiration.

Creative Connections is a national participation project for young people and artists which sees the National Portrait Gallery work with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry, Sheffield Museums, Southampton City Art Gallery, and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. Find out more here


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Self Esteem (Rebecca Lucy Taylor) by Karina Lax, 13 June 2019; printed 2021 © Karina Lax 
Sean Bean by Sam Barker, May 2000 © Sam Barker 
Mary, Queen of Scots by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani after Cornelius and William Cure electrotype, 1870, based on a work of circa 1606-1616 © National Portrait Gallery, London 
'Existed Once' (Otis Mensah) by Raluca de Soleil, 1 July 2020; printed 2021 © Raluca de Soleil