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James Poole, The Head Of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland © Sheffield Museum

James Poole, The Head Of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland © Sheffield Museum

From Sky to Sea: Artists and Water

Thu 24 November 2022 - Sun 12 March 2023

Millennium Gallery

Water is our most precious resource. It shapes, sustains and impacts on our lives in an infinite number of ways.


Sheffield is a city that owes its existence to water.Its rivers and streams provided the power that forged the ‘City of Steel’, but they also wrought devastation through the 1832 Cholera Epidemic and the Great Flood of 1864.

From Sky to Sea brought together painting, photography and works on paper to explore artists’ enduring fascination with water and our relationship to it. The displays took visitors on a journey that follows the water cycle – from the rain and snow atop the highest peaks, along the rivers that flow through our towns, cities and countryside, and finally to the sea.

Co-curated by Paul Swales, the exhibition featured work from historic and contemporary artists, including Linda Benedict-Jones, Paul Cézanne, Walker Evans, Fay Godwin,David Hockney, Eric Ravilious, Simon Starling and JMW Turner.

It was also a chance to see Titian’s striking largescale woodcut The Submersion of Pharaoh’s Army in the Red Sea, 1549. Newly conserved for the exhibition, it went on display in Sheffield for the first time since the 1980s.

The exhibition has now closed

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Stanley Royle, Mevagissey, Cornwall © The Estate Of Stanley Royle

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