The Sheffield base for building and design company ARUP has become the lead sponsor and the Sheffield office of law firm CMS, associate sponsor, for the much anticipated Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition at the Millennium Gallery.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to see some of the original drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection.

Director of ARUP, Sheffield, Jim Bell said: “Leonardo da Vinci’s genius is well known, but underlying it was his unending curiosity to understand everything he saw: nature, motion, water, light, music.  The exhibition celebrates Leonardo’s studies and illustrates his quest for wisdom; this is what attracted us as a sponsor.

“He lived at a time of great innovation, working in a collegiate environment with craftsmen, architects and artists.  His unique achievement was to combine his own illustrious talent with a multidisciplinary understanding to create art and ideas that have stood the test of time and remain relevant today.  In this we see much of what drives Arup to work across boundaries and shape a better world through design and innovation.”

“We (Arup) have chosen to support this exhibition because it will enable us to engage with our clients and the Sheffield community through a variety of means including private viewings, and create the opportunity for some of Arup’s thought-leaders to share ideas in what will be an intimate and thought-provoking setting.”

CEO of Museums Sheffield Kim Streets said: “The support of Arup and CMS are an essential part of being able to deliver Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing in Sheffield. These partnerships enable us to offer a suite of activities alongside the exhibition for people of all ages to take part in. There will be something for everyone and we hope that the exhibition and events will inspire people to have the confidence to create and give themselves the time for new thoughts – just like Leonardo da Vinci.”

Mark Haywood, head of CMS’s Northern offices said that the firm’s CSR initiatives are focused on having a positive impact in our local communities, and supporting the arts is a major part of that.

“We are delighted to sponsor the Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition here in Sheffield, and to expand our already excellent working relationship with Museums Sheffield.  Having original works from one of the greatest artists who ever lived on display in Sheffield is excellent for the city, and we are proud to be a small part of making that happen.”

The following benefits are open to sponsors depending on their investment and each package is bespoke so may include specific activities for the company and their staff;

An exclusive dinner – in this case it will be Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing inspired, pre-launch event drinks reception for guests before joining Museums Sheffield’s official exhibition launch, out-of-hours tours of galleries, exhibitions and behind-the-scenes, and the opportunity for staff to participate in Museums Sheffield activities together.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

(1 Feb–6 May 2019 Millennium Gallery. Free Entry)

Leonardo da Vinci was arguably the greatest artist that ever lived. The Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition displays 12 of his most extraordinary drawings from the Royal Collection as part of a series of major nationwide exhibitions marking the 500th anniversary of his death.

With much of his life’s work unrealised or destroyed, many of Leonardo’s greatest achievements are represented through his drawings. Amongst the works on display in Sheffield is The head of St Philip (c.1495), a study for one of the world’s most famous paintings, The Last Supper. The exhibition will also feature examples of Leonardo’s celebrated anatomical drawings, his observations of the movement of water, and more.