Owner of Renishaw Hall is subject of portrait competition for festival in Sheffield

Artists from Sheffield and beyond are invited to take part in this year's Portraits of Distinction competition, as part of the annual Art in the Gardens festival.''This year's contest opened on June 1, with the subject being Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall and daughter of the late Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell.''The Sitwells have lived at Renishaw Hall for almost 400 years and have always been avid collectors and patrons of the arts.
Artists from Sheffield and beyond are invited to take part in this year's Portraits of Distinction competition, as part of the annual Art in the Gardens festival.''This year's contest opened on June 1, with the subject being Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall and daughter of the late Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell.''The Sitwells have lived at Renishaw Hall for almost 400 years and have always been avid collectors and patrons of the arts.
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Artists are invited to take part in this years’s Portraits of Distinction competition as part of the annual Art in the Gardens festival in Sheffield.

The contest was launched on Monday, with the subject Alexandra Sitwell - owner of Renishaw Hall and daughter of the late Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell.

The Sitwells have lived at Renishaw Hall for almost 400 years and have always been avid collectors and patrons of the arts.

Photographer Trevor Neal has taken more than 100 shots of Alexandra in the spectacular surroundings of Renishaw Hall.

Competition entrants should pick up one of the photographs from Sheffield Town Hall, and then produce their portrait in time for the Art in the Gardens event at the Botanical Gardens in September.

Mr Neal said: “Alexandra was a real treat to work with and gave generously of her time in the magnificent interiors and gardens at Renishaw Hall.

“The location provided an inspirational backdrop to our two-hour photo shoot and I’m sure it will be a very enjoyable and challenging task for the participating artists.

“It was also a great personal pleasure to return to Renishaw Hall, the location of my first retrospective exhibition in June 1995.”

Celebrating its twelfth anniversary, Art in the Gardens will see around 300 artists and craft workers in the Botanical Gardens , exhibiting more than 4,000 pieces of their work

The festival runs on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6.

The Portraits of Distinction competition will be judged by Alexandra herself during the event.

Previous well-known names who have been the centrepiece of the competition include Pulp drummer Nick Banks, television presenter Bradley Walsh, former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, music icon Dave Berry and artist Joe Scarborough.