Sheffield Street Art Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Sheffield Street Art multicoloured mural in Sheffield UK

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Sheffield street art has some of the highest standard of quality that I’ve ever seen, and deserves to be more well-known globally as a definitive street art destination. There you go.

I’m sorry to be so abrupt, but that’s genuinely how I feel about this city and its visual prowess, and if I beat around the bush it will only detract from my passionate enthusiasm for this topic. Street art in Sheffield is great and you should see it!

I truly didn’t expect to find as many huge murals and imaginative art pieces here, let alone in so many different and distinctive styles! In addition to a good number of individual pieces by (as yet) unknown creatives, Sheffield also showcases a collective of established local artists, including Kid Acne, Mila K, Faunagraphic and Phlegm (more on him below).

If you’re visiting the UK and you’re staying nearby, I strongly recommend taking some time out of your itinerary to just wander the highways and byways of this fascinating metropolis.

If you happen to be staying in London, and you want to take a break from the London street art scene, you can get a train direct to Sheffield and be there in just 2.5 hours – perfect for a day trip!

The following is just a part of the visual feast that awaits you. As usual, for each piece, we have credited the artist where possible. If you know who is responsible for any of the Sheffield street art shown here, let us know in the comments!

Approaching the Centre

Shopfront shutter Street Art by HINEink in Sheffield UK
Artist: HINEink – after hours, when the shutters come down, this street becomes a gallery!

Sheffield’s industrial history lends itself well to the germination of art among its streets. The Industrial Revolution saw a boom for the city, with the importance of the manufacture of Sheffield steel leading to an explosion in the city’s population. This meant the creation of huge amounts of housing and infrastructure. After the bombing raids of WWII, the ensuing reconstruction of the city means that today there is a cornucopia of different building designs for artists to paint on.

And paint on them they have!

"Yama Sushi" by Trik09 Street Art in Sheffield UK
Artist: Trik09 – there are several Trik09 murals all over Sheffield, in all sorts of places!
"It's a Way of Life" Street Art on the wall of Okeh Cafe in Sheffield UK
Artist: [Unknown] – this piece is very aptly placed on the side of a café.

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Street Art in Sheffield City Proper

As I have often said in our street art articles, I thoroughly recommend finding these murals organically – stumbling upon something beautiful by chance is my preferred way to discover new street art!

Street Art panels on Trafalgar Street in Sheffield UK
Artists: [Unknown] – this collection of boards on Trafalgar Street is one of the more constantly changing ‘galleries’ of Sheffield street art.

But if you wanted something a little more specific, then you wouldn’t go wrong if you started looking in the area surrounding Wellington Street/Division Street …

"The Courtyard" Street Art in Sheffield UK
Artist: [Unknown] – “The Courtyard” has been given its own urban ‘christening’.
"Twite Alright?" Street Art by Matt Sewell in Sheffield UK
Artist: Matt Sewell.
Psychedelic faces Street Art mural by the Smith & Jones pub in Sheffield UK
Artist: [Unknown] – some pieces are less obvious than others. We found this psychedelic mural outside the Smith & Jones pub by following other street art closer to the street.

For another tip on the rough location of good street art, some of the following pieces of Sheffield street art were found on the roads surrounding Arundel Street.

Street Art by Faunagraphic in Sheffield UK
Artist: Faunagraphic – Faunagraphic’s pieces are B-E-A-utiful, which is why this one isn’t the only one to feature in this post!
Large animal skull and warrior woman Street Art by Mila K in Sheffield UK
Artist: Mila K – Mila K is in contention for being the most prolific street artist in Sheffield. We certainly saw the hooded warrior woman in a fair few places!
Fox and green waves Street Art by Peachzz in Sheffield UK
Artist: Peachzz – A literal urban fox!

You might also want to head north towards Green Lane. Just sayin’ …

Two fishes and patterns Street Art in Sheffield UK
Artist: [Unknown] – One of Dagney’s favourites!
"Zeus the Blind Owl" Street Art by Peachzz in Sheffield UK
Artist: Peachzz – “Zeus the Blind Owl”.
Geometric shapes Street Art (replaced) by Florence Blanchard in Sheffield UK
Artist: Florence Blanchard – sadly these geometrically pleasing cones have been covered over with another piece of Sheffield street art.

Phlegm in Sheffield

As you might know from our page on street art, Phlegm is my absolute favourite street artist. The art style, the creativity, the imagination … I just love it all. And the best part is: Sheffield is Phlegm’s main stomping ground!

Telescope assembly Phlegm Street Art in Sheffield UK
Artist: Phlegm – What starts as a box unpacks itself to become a telescope. How handy!

There are murals by Phlegm all over the city, from Meersbrook in the south all the way to Kelham Island in the north. Each one has unique subject matter, and they often blend creatively into their environment as well, either physically of thematically.

Man carrying a city Street Art by Phlegm in Sheffield UK
Artist: Phlegm – This one reminds me of Atlas carrying the world on his shoulders. The mural also takes into account the angles of the building it’s painted on.

Fun fact: Phlegm gets his name from one of the four substances that the ancient Greeks believed affected all human health and physicality (namely blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm). Specifically, phlegm was believed to be responsible for apathy, calmness and a generally peaceful demeanor.

"Fossils" Street Art by Phlegm in Sheffield UK
Artist: Phlegm – This mural, “Fossils”, runs along the length of the river in south Sheffield. At least this big fish had a tasty snack before it died!

Some Unfortunate Long-Term Damage

It is a sad fact of life for street art that, no matter how good it may be, it is vulnerable. Just like the original wall it’s painted on, anyone can come along and alter it – for good or bad.

Sheffield street art is no exception to this, and it’s a crying shame to see some truly beautiful and creative works of art that have been spoiled. Everyone’s a critic, I guess. But I’m glad these murals exist in the first place, even if they couldn’t remain intact for as long as they could have.

Street Art by Faunagraphic in Sheffield UK
Artist: Faunographic – The main damage here could have been structural, with the plaster falling away. It hasn’t stopped some people from fame-bombing it though.
"Harry Brearly" mural (defaced and replaced) by Sarah Yates in Sheffield UK
Artist: Sarah Yates – Portrait of Harry Brearly, Sheffield-born inventor. It almost looks as if he got beaten up and left with a bloody nose. This mural has been replaced since we visited.
Badger Street Art (damaged) by Rocket01 in Sheffield UK
Artist: Rocket01 – Someone REALLY seems to have taken issue with this one. There is a badger above the hare at the back of the motorcycle, but its face is now obscured.

Further Out of the City

"The Birth of Hip-Hop" Street Art by Kid Acne in Sheffield UK
Artist: Kid Acne – “The Birth of Hip-Hop” is a modern-day nativity with three wise MCs.

Sheffield’s street art also extends to its suburbs. You don’t have to succumb to the draw of the metropolis to find huge, creative murals; artists have spread their considerable talents out to any and all available street art ‘real estate’. If a house has a big, flat wall, it can (and often will) be used here!

"Fog" Street Art by Tellas in Sheffield UK
Artist: Tellas – this piece, titled “Fog”, has deliberate fading to help achieve its effect.
White trees on Priory Place in Sheffield UK
Artist: [Unknown] – these remind me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s White Tree of Gondor. Such a simple yet striking idea!
Street Art/Graffiti on Stalker Walk in Sheffield UK
Artists: [Unknown] – when artists paint over each other, sometimes I’m sad if I can’t see what was there first. Other times, though, I think it makes it more interesting!

Side streets and pedestrian walkways are sometimes a goldmine for random pockets of street art, and Sheffield is no exception. With numerous expansions and civil developments over the years, the city has all manner of winding lanes and pathways for you to explore!

Street Art/Graffiti on Stalker Walk in Sheffield UK
Artist: [unknown] – Graffiti and murals opposite Stalker Walk (that’s an unfortunate name) next to Sharrow Cemetery in southwest Sheffield.
"Peace in Paint" graffiti in Sheffield UK
Artist: [Unknown] – the sentiment, however, is known!

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Have you ever been to Sheffield? How many of these did you see? What are your favourite Sheffield street art pieces that aren’t shown here? Let us know in the comments below!

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