Friends of the Guild: Open Up Sheffield

We are pleased to welcome Open Up Sheffield as a Friend of the Guild! Read on to learn more about what this year’s event has in store…

Open Up Sheffield is one of the largest and most successful open studio events outside London, run by a dedicated team of volunteers, all of whom are practicing artists and craftspeople, headed by ‘Open Up’ Chair, Annette Petch. 

With no event in 2020, Open Up Sheffield 2021 was a bit different. Instead of being held over two weekends in May, it was an online event over the whole of May. Artists had their own dedicated page accessed via the Open Up Sheffield website with photographs featuring their artwork, along with information about the artist, virtual studio demonstrations and artwork tours. 

This year, Open Up Sheffield 2022 will be back to opening up over two weekends (30th April, 1st-2nd May, 7-8th May 2022) and artists will have their artwork featured online too. The event comprises workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions across the two weekends and a chance to talk to participating artists. Many visitors can buy a unique piece of artwork and even commission a bespoke piece. Artwork has comprised watercolour, oil and acrylic paints, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, crafts, wood, glass, photography, print, mixed media and even handmade shoes. 

Open Up Sheffield is a free event and prides itself on being family friendly, so much so that it is now a validated Children’s University Learning Destination, meaning that children can complete an art activity in their own time in order to earn credits to gain awards and certificates. Please follow the link below to access the activity

The committee of Open Up Sheffield want to make this event a showcase of the talent that we have in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

For more information go to: or email: [email protected]

A reminder that submissions to Open Up Sheffield are open until 31st March 2022. You can learn more about how to apply by clicking here.