Site Gallery is Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space, supporting artists specialising in moving image, new media and performance. Pioneering emerging art practices and ideas, we work in partnership with local, regional and international collaborators to nurture artistic talent and support the development of contemporary art. At the heart of what we do, is to connect people to artists and to art, inspiring new thinking and debate through our public programmes and participatory activity.
Site Gallery’s exhibition programme is led by Artistic Director Laura Sillars. We work with emergent and established artists to realise their ideas and produce new work for solo and group exhibitions. We specialise in artistic development, investing in artists at critical stages of their careers. In 2012-13, three of Site’s recent alumni won the most prestigious awards in the art-world; The Turner Prize, the Venice Silver Lion and the Frieze Emdash Award. Through diverse programming, we reveal the process of making art to invite our audience to engage, explore and connect.
Artists in residence
Site’s Platform residency programme forms a core part of our artistic offer. Three or four times a year, the galleries turn into an artist’s studio, opening up the creative process of making new work to visitors. It enables audiences to interact with artists at the work-in-progress stage, and for those who can’t make it to the gallery, you can join the conversation on the Platform blog and explore the concepts of the artists who are developing work in the gallery 2015 – 16: Glen Stoker & Anna Chrystal Stephens, Laura Wilson, Beatriz Olabarietta and Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson; 2015 – 16: Helen Benigson, Florian Roithmayr, Simon and Tom Bloor, Rory Pilgrim and Mel Brimfield and Gwyneth Herbert. This programme of work is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Site Gallery provides new opportunities for young people in the region to engage with contemporary art through regular groups, one-off events, outreach activity and the creation of accessible interpretation resources. In 2016, with continued funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we launch a pioneering programme of artist-led outreach activity across Sheffield – On The Road. This new programme runs alongside the Society of Explorers our active group of 14 – 19 year olds. The group works closely with Platform artists to create their own artwork, to produce writing, film and photography about the residencies and to run public events.
In July 2014 we secured major investment to realise ambitious plans which will see Site Gallery treble in scale, greatly enhancing the contemporary visual art experience in the region. The development will bring key changes to the current building, including much larger galleries (increasing by over 200%), allowing larger-scale exhibitions and providing visitors with space to reflect and respond to works, and a new education and events space will be housed on the ground floor. We closed to the public on 10 March 2017 for construction, taking our artistic programme offsite. Find out more here.
The gallery is close to Sheffield’s train and bus stations. All ground floor spaces are fully wheelchair accessible.To see exactly where we are, and detailed directions, see our Visit Us page.
The gallery is open Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–5.30pm.