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Open Up Sheffield: Largest artist showcase outside of London celebrates 23 years

Open Up Sheffield, one of the largest and most successful open studio events outside of the capital, will return in a new online format for the whole of May.

With no event taking place last year due to coronavirus restrictions, this is the first Open Up since 2019 – an event which saw a total of 86 individual artists and 9 groups hosting a series of workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions.

This year, artists will have their own dedicated page via the Open Up Sheffield website with photographs featuring their artwork, along with information about the artist, virtual studio demonstrations and artwork tours, contact details and whether the artist will be open to visits by appointment. These pages will be left available to access and browse for up to a year.

Open Up Sheffield is a free event and prides itself on being family-friendly. 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:

This year’s event is dedicated to Paul Schatzberger, from Walkley, who passed away from kidney cancer in December 2020. Paul was an Open Up Sheffield artist for many years. He was an inspirational former Sheffield GP, a talented photographer and an accomplished musician, making in each one a strong contribution to the life of the city.

This year there will be no published brochure but all information will be on, or you can email

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