Graves Art Gallery

Graves Art Gallery

Graves Art Gallery is in the centre of Sheffield above the Central Library and close to the Millennium Galleries. It shows permanent displays from the city’s collections of 19th and 20th century British and European art as well as a programme of temporary exhibitions.

The collection encapsulates the story of the development of Modern Art. The main trends and movements are traced through works by many well-known artists, from Pablo Picasso and Pierre Bonnard to Sir Stanley Spencer and Helen Chadwick. It is currently administered by the Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust.


The Graves Art Gallery opened in 1934 thanks to the financial support of local business man John George Graves, who made his fortune out of one of the country’s first mail order businesses. Graves also presented his art collection to the city. This went on display in the gallery.

The Graves Art Gallery has always shown temporary exhibitions alongside the permanent displays, a policy established by the first Director John Rothenstein, who later went on to become Director of the Tate Gallery. The painter George Hamilton Constantine was the next Director, from 1938 until the 1950s.

In 2001 the Graves Art Gallery was refurbished and the galleries restored to their original condition.

External links

Sheffield Galleries Website

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