Weston Park, Sheffield, S10 2TP.
Telephone 0114 278 2600.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 5 pm; Bank Holiday Mondays 10am to 5 pm. ADMISSION FREE „
Whilst it may come as a surprise to some, Sheffield is actually blessed with a good selection of Art venues across the city. Many of these (The Mappin included) belong to the "Sheffield Museums and Galleries Trust), but there a few independent galleries too - the most notable being the Site Gallery. The Mappin is ideally situated just to the North West of the city centre in Weston Park, which is close to the tram network as well as the Hallamshire Hospital and main University Buildings. I have enjoyed numerous visits to the gallery over the past few years and the current show (May 2002) of some work by David Shrigley is great fun - particularly if you enjoy contemporary art which has a sense of humour. A number of other medium to high profile touring shows have appeared at the Mappin over recent years, so it is always worth keeping an eye on the diary of events. It came as a surprise to me when I recently heard that there are plans in place for a major redevelopment of the Mappin gallery spaces. The current rooms are in excellent shape as it stands, and there is a nice contrast between the touring exhibitions displayed in the main area and the permanent "classical" collections which are housed to the left and right of the building. Finally, it is also worth mentioning that the Mappin is adjacent to the City Museum in Weston Park, so if you do wander up to the Gallery, make sure you also pop into the Museum (especially if you are with children) as there are lots of interesting things to see and do in there too. I await the Mappin's proposed redevelopments with interest! **** UPDATED following requested extra info! **** Admission is FREE to the gallery and the City museum. Disabled access is fine, but you would need to use the City Museum entrance. Finally, facilities-wise there is an adequate cafe for visitors located upstairs, but I am assuming that this will be improved during the red