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10,000 works on show at cultural hit

The ninth annual Art in the Gardens took place over the weekend at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.  Visitors examine the work on show in the gardens' hothouses.
pic sept 01 2012  mike cowling

The ninth annual Art in the Gardens took place over the weekend at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Visitors examine the work on show in the gardens' hothouses. pic sept 01 2012 mike cowling

Family fun as well as thousands of pieces of artwork will keep visitors to Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens entertained this weekend.

About 10,000 paintings, sculptures and photographs from more than 300 artists will be on display at the 11th Art in the Gardens.

And there will also be entertainment, activities and a craft market at the event, which runs from 10.30am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of artists including Joe Scarborough, Phil Lockwood, Wendy Carlton, Vivienne Cawson and David Brightmore are taking part.

There is a preview evening tonight, with limited tickets priced £6 for a pair, available from the Little Nature Shop in the gardens.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “As the biggest outdoor arts and crafts show in the north, the quality and sheer scale of Art in the Gardens is one of the main reasons people come back year after year.

“But what people may not be aware of is what else makes this annual event so special. A programme of entertainment, children’s activities, and a craft market mean even those who don’t consider themselves to be art buffs will find Art in the Gardens a fantastic day out.

“And that’s even before you consider one of the biggest draws of all – the beautiful Botanical Gardens themselves.”

A main stage in the gardens will play host to musicians including a male voice choir and a bagpipe player, while children’s art and craft activities and workshops will be on offer in the Children’s Village.

Admission is £6 over the weekend. Under-16s go free.

 

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