7 Good Sheffield-centric Things

Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival Friday 19-Sunday 20th July. The city was en fête and in great sprits with the arrival of the Tramlines Festival taking place in venues across town as varied as an old warehouse, an art gallery and custom built stages in the park and outside city hall. Well organised, fun and really cheap. Long may it continue.

For short sighted people this sign lets you know where you are.
For short sighted people this sign lets you know where you are at one of the outdoor venues for Tramlines.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park. A great day out for anyone. As well as an excellent exhibition schedule the grounds are beautifully kept with sheep and Canada geese free to roam. One of the best art venues in GB.

Canada Geese at YSP
Canada Geese at YSP

Birthdays celebrations out in the garden. Lancashire Hotpot and salad and fun with Electric Daisies and tiramisu masquerading as potted seedlings and general merriment. Happy birthday Becki and Rich! No need for the electric fan heater this year.

Leonard Beaumont at The Graves Gallery. Little known outside of Sheffield this print artist was inspired by the Vorticists and his small scale multicoloured Lino prints are little gems of refinement, energy and invention.

16 Nymphs (1934) by Leonard Beaumont. Image credit: Internet scavenged.
16 Nymphs (1934) by Leonard Beaumont. Image credit: Internet scavenged.

Talented Dentistry students! Going into their fourth year of dentistry these enterprising students have taken up henna tattoo art. As part of the university’s programme of events during Tramlines different skills were showcased and I got a very beautiful henna tattoo on my hand. I could’ve got mucky with cornflour experiments or played mind games but I opted for the prettiest thing.

Henna Tattoo by 2nd year Dentistry students at Sheffield.
My henna Tattoo by 2nd year Dentistry students at Sheffield.

Meeting Karen at Cupola who aged 23 opened a contemporary art gallery in Hillsborough and over 20 years on remains a energising and inspirational force creating a wide and varied exhibition schedule inviting anyone to enjoy contemporary art.

Thunderstorms. And lightening. Very very exciting!

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