MORE than 10,000 visitors poured through the gates of Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens to make an annual art exhibition a huge success.
Art in the Gardens took place over two days during the weekend, and was attended by families, couples, young and old, all keen to soak up some culture.
The Botanical Gardens were transformed into an art-lovers’ paradise, playing host to pieces from over 300 painters, sculptors, woodturners, photographers and more.
One of the main attractions was a competition to paint a portrait of Monique Gladding, Sheffield’s own Olympic high diver.
Artists from across the region had been asked to immortalise the sportswoman for the Portraits of Distinction contest.
The entries proved a huge draw - and Monique attended yesterday to pick the winner.
The honour was given to Andrew Warren, a semi-professional artist from Sheffield.
Howard Simpson, event organiser for Sheffield Council, said: “We are pleased with the turnout. The Portraits of Distinction competition was a great success. Lots of people really enjoyed it. Andrew’s painting really captured Monique’s softer side.”