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Address: Central Library Surrey Street | (Above the Central Library), Sheffield S1 1XZ, England
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+44 114 278 2600
11:00 - 16:00
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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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Lovely Art Gallery

The Gallery is situated on the top floor of the Central Library. I'd never visited before and on telling the staff this, they were very welcoming and explained the layout of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andrew N
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We don't visit the Graves often enough. Saw an advert for the latest exhibition "Gardens in Art" and popped in to have a look. Very impressive! Loved the exhibition and also the permanent displays in the gallery - some well-known names, Stanley Spencer and Grayson Perry included! If this was in London, folks would be paying for timed tickets; here... More 

Thank Claribelle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gallery is situated on the top floor of the Central Library. I'd never visited before and on telling the staff this, they were very welcoming and explained the layout of the gallery. If you go around clockwise, as recommended each gallery is presented in roughly chronological order with the works also grouped by theme, finishing up in the final... More 

Thank Andrew N
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

After stepping into the tiny lift, you emerge on the third floor, with many rooms. I only intended to see the Grayson Perry tapestry, but spent a happy hour with paintings and sculpture. Especially enjoyable were 400 years of European art which encompassed portrait and landscape. The comfort blanket was as impressive as I expected. My only disappointment the tiny... More 

Thank Carole K
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Graves Gallery is directly opposite the Millennium Gallery and Winter Gardens. Free to visit, the building also houses the city library. Good selection of art, sculpture and other exhibitions, modern and old. There is a lift, but it was broken when I visited, people were trapped inside. So be prepared to walk up to the top! Also, the cafe is... More 

Thank RandRH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We went to the millenium gallery and were left wanting more so found Graves gallery. There is something for everyone and it's much bigger with a variety of modern and older collections. Cafe was closed on our visit.

Thank DH1104
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 55 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 

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