Sheffield City of Makers


In 2016 Sheffield celebrates a Year of Making, an opportunity to foreground all forms of making in the city and region – from advanced manufacturing, specialist steels, forged products, cutting tools, flanges, bearings and blades to award winning theatre, international art and design, ground-breaking research and world class talent.

The Year of Making 2016 celebrates our past, present and future as a city of makers and promotes a world city with an international reputation for excellence and innovation.

Make yourself part of it.


Welcome to the Sheffield Year of Making 2016.

 This is a unique opportunity to show that making is in the city’s DNA, ranging across advanced manufacturing to arts, music and theatre.

It’s not just about culture, it’s about how economic vibrancy comes in many forms.

 Sheffield is a city that makes people; from theatre-makers, music-makers, health-makers, art-makers, education-makers to business-makers. Year of Making is our opportunity to showcase this by providing a crucible of creativity for residents, visitors and the next generation of would-be-makers, whether born here or wanting to make their future in our city.” 

Vanessa Toulmin

Chair Sheffield Culture Consortium Director of City & Cultural Engagement, University of Sheffield


Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey, said:

“This ambitious project will help develop new talent, celebrate visual art in Sheffield and support local economic growth. This collaboration gives more opportunities for artists in the city and will strengthen the quality of exhibitions for the public to enjoy.”