All art in the gardens at Sheffield’s annual exhibition

Art in the Gardens took place at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield on Sunday (8 September). Our picture shows Wes Hedge, co-ordinator of craft courses at the J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, demonstrating his wood craft skills.
Art in the Gardens took place at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield on Sunday (8 September). Our picture shows Wes Hedge, co-ordinator of craft courses at the J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, demonstrating his wood craft skills.
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The rain held off as thousands of art lovers descended on the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield for a 10th annual exhibition.

Art in the Gardens attracted more than 10,000 visitors and exhibiting artists, photographers, sculptors and craftspeople from far and wide showing off their wares in marquees, the glasshouses and from stalls dotted throughout the park near Broomhill.

Fine art and photography jostled for space with woodturning, printing, knitted goods - and a competition to paint a likeness of this year’s celebrity, Radio Sheffield presenter Rony Robinson.

Hot roast pork sandwiches, ice creams, and Bucks Fizz cocktails from a drinks tent under the shade of the trees all helped to keep visitors refreshed as they made their way around the stands.

One of the biggest crowd-pullers came with the chance to see Sheffield art scene royalty working easel-to-easel.

Joe Scarborough and Pete McKee both began creating original works to show how the magic happens.

While the pair enjoyed working side-by-side, their fondness for a good chinwag with visitors - and one another - meant neither managed to get much work done.

Pete said: “It was fantastic to work beside Joe. He is my hero and even more so now I’ve seen how he is with the punters.”