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Art Galleries

Sheffield has a strong art scene with an emerging reputation as a new cultural centre. There are a host of exhibitions that will visit the city's galleries in the coming months. In addition to this, the city is set to see the opening of the Victoria and Albert museum exhibition in Spring 2001 in association with the Millennium Galleries.

Graves Art Gallery
This recently refurbished spacious gallery is located in the centre of Sheffield above the Central Library next to the Lyceum. The gallery hosts an impressive collection of 19th century and 20th century British and European art. Those to be found amongst the collection include Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Sir Stanley Spencer. The gallery complements its collections beautifully through its temporary exhibitions, with recent shows including Henri Cartier Bresson.

Graves also plays an important role in exhibiting work of the Sheffield community. A recent exhibition Celebrated the Sheffield estates of Parkhill and Regent Court with interviews and drawings by the residents, next to photographs of the housing estates then and now.

Mappin Art Gallery
Situated in Weston Park next to the university, Mappin is the home to paintings from the City's collection dating from the 16th-19th century. Artists include Tissot, JMW Turner and Murillo. Aside from these impressive paintings, the gallery is also a major venue for strong contemporary exhibitions. Recent works include Antony Gorley and Gilbert and George.

The Ruskin Art Gallery
Home to the collection of John Ruskin, Victorian writer and artist. The Ruskin Gallery is moving to the new Millennium Galleries in Spring 2001. Here The Guild of George collection will be housed in a bigger and better space.

Until this move, a spectacular mosaic exhibition will take place at the gallery until the end of December. After this last exhibition the museum will be closing until its relocation at the Millennium Galleries.

Millennium Galleries
The Millennium Galleries have been developed in association with The Victoria and Albert Museum. The building will consist of four galleries that will play host to many major touring exhibitions. Shows will include those from the Victoria and Albert and The Tate Gallery. There will also be a gallery dedicated to Sheffield's important metalware collections. Contemporary craft and design will be hosted in one gallery showcasing the nations abilities and as mentioned earlier the Ruskin Gallery will be hosted in the other.

The Site Gallery
In the large expanding Cultural Industries Quarter of the city is The Site Gallery. Here exhibits are specialised in photography and new media. As well as hosting many free exhibitions, it is also a production centre with darkroom, digital facilities and educational events.