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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published June 26th 2014
Sheffield's visual art collection
Situated above the Central Library in Sheffield city centre, not far from the Millennium Gallery, is the 'home of Sheffield's visual art collection.' The space is divided into eight separate galleries devoted to different themes, such as, 'Abstraction' and 'European Art,' which represent works of local and international importance.

Stairs to the gallery.


The gallery can be easily accessed via a lift or four flights of circular stairs. The stairs are worth taking though, as they are arranged around an art installation which simulates flying birds. Located at the top of the library far away from the busy city centre, the gallery has attracted such descriptions as 'peaceful haven,' 'soothing' and 'contemplative.'

Photo courtesy of Graves Gallery.


Apart from the relaxing ambiance that characterises the exhibition space, the eight galleries are packed with significant works of art from famous artists, such as Turner, and local artists, such as George Fullard and Derrick Greaves. There are four galleries devoted to permanent exhibitions: Abstraction and Art Now (contemporary art over the past 50 years), A Century of Change (twentieth century art), 400 Years of European Art, and Reflections (portrait gallery). The other galleries are used for temporary exhibitions. There are far too many works to discuss here, but a more detailed guide to the artists, permanent collections, and limited exhibitions is available online.

After you're finished wandering the gallery, which may take a few hours, there is a cafe offering hot or cold drinks and light refreshments.

Cafe Opening Times: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-2pm

Entry to the gallery is free. It is open at the following times:

Wednesday–Friday 10am–3pm
Saturday 11am–4pm

Closed: Sunday-Tuesday, Bank Holidays & Easter Weekend
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Why? Sheffield's home of visual art
When: See website for opening times
Phone: 0114 278 2600
Where: Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
Cost: Free
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