Like to get hands on? Festival On The Square is presenting a full programme of activities and workshops to get involved with, all taking place in Tudor Square 16 - 29 August and FREE to attend.

Activities include a live art demonstration seeing the creation of an original large-scale piece of art, exhibitions from local galleries and artists such as Burton Street Gallery, BUBBA 2000, and Rose Murphy, art creation workshops spanning various mediums and a dedicated mural space for visitors and tourists to leave their mark.

The workshop schedule includes two afternoon sessions every day, with inclusive art, live street art masterclass, learning card tricks, poetry, storytelling, street, break & contemporary dance, circus skill, create your own tote, Arabic calligraphy and mindfulness through art.  Read on for the full workshop schedule...


Monday 16 August 

Session one (1.00pm - 2.00pm) and session two (4.00 - 5.00pm) 

Burton Street Foundation - An Inclusive Art Workshop with an incredible organisation who have created a dedicated art space for Learning Disability Visual Arts in Sheffield. They offer a nourishing environment for the creative expression of people’s individual artistic talents and exploration of their capacity for creation and the creative arts. Festival goers are invited to join an example of these unique sessions led by Daniel White who has 6 years’ experience delivering inclusive visual arts based workshops.

Tuesday 16 August

Session 1 (1.00pm - 2.00pm) 
Learn amazing card tricks with self-taught magician, Callum Morris, who has been learning and honing his talents for more than 10 years specialising in mesmerizing card tricks and sleight of hand. Callums will be at the festival to entertain and teach some simple but amazing tricks. 

Session 2 (4.00 - 5.00pm)
Rose Murphy
Poet Rose invites audiences to this relaxing and joyful workshop, which will take you on your own personal journey in channelling your heart and expressing whatever you feel in a relaxed, safe space.

Neil Simpson 
Joining Rose, will be Neil with his storytelling workshop, Neil is a poet, performer and is passionate about an art with a 10,000-year-old tradition; that being storytelling and its importance in our modern world.

Wednesday 17 August 

Session one (1.00pm - 2.00pm) and session two (4.00 - 5.00pm) 
Jo Gawthorpe
A fully qualified meditation and Mindfulness coach, Jo will deliver bite sized sessions created to help people deal with the everyday stresses of life, to not be distracted by the thousands of thoughts going through our minds and to live and enjoy the here and now. The artist's work will be available to view and for sale in the Gallery Marquee.

Thursday 19 August 

Session one (1.00pm - 2.00pm) and session two (4.00 - 5.00pm) 
Rationale Arts
Hosting a street, break & contemporary dance workshop through the presentation and the provision of workshops in dance, music and theatre. Rationale Arts aims to promote inclusivity and positive appreciation of the arts. The bitesize workshops combine easy to learn, but super fun dance moves with a subtle theme of mindfulness throughout, celebrating how the body moves.


Friday 20 August 

Session 1 (1.00pm - 2.00pm) Magi-Cal 

Session 2 (4.00 - 5.00pm) Rose Murphy 

Additional session 1pm - 4pm 
Green Top Circus (3 hours - outside on the square), hosting a circus skills workshop, Greentop is the North's leading circus centre with a mission to promote excellent circus that inspires young people, strengthens communities and develops artists. Everyone is welcome to find their inner circus performer and try your talents at juggling, diablo, poi and more!

Saturday 21 August 

Session 1 (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Rationale Arts
Uzma Rani

Learn Arabic calligraphy and mindfulness through art with Uzma.   Uzma developed her written and artistic talent as a wellbeing tool after career and family life took its toll. Her workshops will fuse British and Asian culture and include Arabic calligraphy, acrylic painting and mindfulness through art. 

Session 2 (2.00pm - 3.00pm) Rationale Arts & Uzma Rani 

Sunday 22 August 

Session 1 (12.30pm - 1.30pm) Rose Murphy

Session 2 (2.00pm - 3.00pm) Neil Simpson

Monday 23 August 

Session 1 (1.00pm - 2.00pm) Burton Street Foundation

Session 2 (4.00 - 5.00pm)  Burton Street Foundation

Tuesday 24 August 

Session 1 (1.00pm - 2.00pm)
Gemma Lock
Create a hand printed tote bag & take it home with Gemma’s workshop.  Gemma is an emerging Sheffield talent whose vibrant work which focuses on nature, animals and the abstract can be seen in the Festival Gallery. In this workshop Gemma explores simple but wonderfully effective printing techniques to create your own uniquely designed tote bag to take home. 

Session 2 (4.00 - 5.00pm) Gemma Lock

Wednesday 25 August

Session 1 (1.00pm - 2.00pm) Rose Murphy

Session 2 (4.00 - 5.00pm) Uzma Rani


Thursday 26 August 

Session 1 (1.00pm - 2.00pm) Magi-Cal

Session 2 (4.00 - 5.00pm) Gemma Lock

Friday 27 August 

Session 1 (1.00pm - 2.00pm) and Session 2 (4.00 - 5.00pm) Uzma Rani

Additional session (12.30pm - 2.30pm) Greentop Circus

Saturday 28 August 

12pm - 4pm 
Bubba 2000 live art workshop
A live street art masterclass - renowned Sheffield artist, Bubba 2000, will be delivering a totally unique “live street art creation masterclass” where he will demonstrate all the elements of turning an illustration into a finished stencil art piece.

Sunday 29 August 

Session 1 (12.30pm - 1.30pm) Rationale Arts & Uzma Rani

Session 2 (2.00pm - 3.00pm) Rationale Arts & Uzma Rani


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  1. Pratima
    Hey im interested how to book the event or it is just like walk in
  2. Bernie
    I'd really like to book on for the Arabic calligraphy from 4-5 pm on Wed 25th August. How do I do this? Thanks
  3. anna
    Highly recommend workshop programs. These workshops provide a ton of knowledge and experience. I'm an online essay writer and used to take a lot of these workshops and I proudly say I've met some of the market legends in these types of workshops:
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