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Address: Central Library Surrey Street | (Above the Central Library), Sheffield S1 1XZ, England
Phone Number:
+44 114 278 2600
11:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Wed 13:00 - 18:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 16:00

The Graves Gallery is the home of Sheffield's visual art collection....

The Graves Gallery is the home of Sheffield's visual art collection. Situated above the Central Library, away from the noise and traffic of the city centre, the Gallery is a peaceful haven for visitors to enjoy the city's art and a programme of temporary exhibitions.

Famous names on show at the Graves include Turner and Sisley, while more recent artists include Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Marc Quinn. Local heroes include George Fullard, Derrick Greaves and Stanley Royle.

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A good provincial art gallery

This gallery has some excellent paintings and other artworks. I was particularly drawn to the tapestry by Grayson Perry. Well worth visiting just to see this. But there are many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
Andrew S
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This gallery has some excellent paintings and other artworks. I was particularly drawn to the tapestry by Grayson Perry. Well worth visiting just to see this. But there are many other works worth viewing. Not sure about the curatorial policy in grouping some of the later works around themes. Some themes were rather artificial, and had me puzzled. Parts of.... More 

Thank Andrew S
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

I really love art and was determined to visit Graves. I pass it every day but not been in it for years. Firstly just to give everyone a heads up. It's closed on Mondays and Sundays. It's open late on Wednesdays (though the cafe is not). There is a real mixture of art. Lots of modern art, some military art... More 

Thank TOM H
Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Though there are some big name artists here e.g. Grayson Perry, Cezanne, Lowry the majority of artists are ones the average person, and I would describe myself as this, will not have heard of ditto some of the artistic schools they represent e.g. the kitchen sink school. The works might not all be Premier league but taken together they form... More 

Thank Martin H
Bransgore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Very much enjoyed our visit of this very well presented gallery and very much enjoyed our visit to the coffee shop. Great coffee.

Thank cmjm10
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Situated above the city’s central library, Sheffield’s Graves Gallery is not one of our bigger national collections, but it punches way above its weight. There is something for everyone from the 16th century to contemporary: a version of Turner’s view from Richmond Hill that is better than the one in Manchester, Stanley Spencer’s haunting Helter Skelter, Lowry’s affectionate Race Meeting,... More 

Thank John L
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I last visited here about 30 years ago and had forgotten what an amazing place it is. It's easily accessible through the main entrance of the Central Library, but if you are not fit use the lift as the climb is quite arduous up to the 3rd floor. There is a permanent exhibition with works by very well known artists,... More 

Thank Denise G
Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Free, and upstairs in the Library, this is a find. This Art exhibition was much larger than I thought it would be, covering a large range of different styles with something to appeal to most. Spent much longer here than we thought we would.

1 Thank Sue P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I've lived in Sheffield for 25 years and to my shame have never visited here before, but I will definitely return! It's a small collection but really does have something for everyone and although the video of the "housefrau" isn't my cup of tea, it is different! Thoroughly recommend a visit, but if you're not very fit I would also... More 

Thank CarynDelaney
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Graves is a small art gallery upstairs (three flights) from Central Library in Sheffield. There is a little lift and a loo. There is also a nice little shop selling local stuff. Definitely worth a visit, free admission, though its nice to make a donation.

1 Thank Maggie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The gallery is well worth a visit, I've lived near by all my life and never been till now, will definitely go again. The first room has instillation of modern art, not to my taste but some interesting pieces, then you move on to older pics, some contemporary, some traditional, yet all inspiring. I have to say I could have... More 

1 Thank Jo H

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