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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
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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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Worth the journey to the top floor

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
John L
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Bransgore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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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 

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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 

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Interesting and educational. Quiet and out of the way above the library. Coffee shop on site. Nice to spend time in here away from the crowds and traffic.

Thank Helen C
Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

I have always liked visiting the Sheffield Central Library and Graves Art Gallery, not least because it is one of Sheffield’s best buildings. Finished in 1934, with Portland limestone cladding over a steel frame, it has some fine examples of Art Deco motifs by Alfred and William Tory. The Graves Gallery itself is on the third floor and is accessed... More 

Thank ScottEngering
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

The Graves Gallery is understated and easily overlooked. Find the Central Library on Surrey Street (near the town hall) and take the lift (get in one way exit another) up to the the third floor and explore. Currently a Bridget Riley exhibition - how the ? did she work out those patterns? There are many more works to inspect. Sheffielders... More 

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