Art in the Gardens goes aristocratic

One of Sheffield's most popular art exhibitions will have a distinctly aristocratic feel this year.
One of Sheffield's most popular art exhibitions will have a distinctly aristocratic feel this year.
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I SAY - isn’t that the Earl and his missus?

It certainly is and you will be able to see them over and over again at one of Sheffield’s most popular art exhibitions.

The Earl and Countess of Scarbrough agreed to sit for the Portraits of Distinction Competition held at this year’s Art in the Gardens event in September.

Richard and Henrietta Scarbrough granted artist and photographer Trevor Neal access to the family estate at Sandbeck Park, near Maltby.

Trevor has produced a stunning collection of photographs for amateur and professional artists to use as reference while creating their works of art in their own style and choice of media ready for the Art in the Gardens portrait competition.

Trevor said: “This has to be my favourite shoot so far. It was wonderful to work with Lord and Lady Scarbrough, who were very generous with their time and patience.

“It made the shoot a real pleasure. The photos should truly challenge the artists, with spectacular backdrops of the house and grounds, and the opportunity to portray Lord and Lady Scarbrough as a couple or as individuals.”

The couple are set to join other household names that have been the centrepiece of the competition, including stars of stage and screen Bradley Walsh and Bruce Jones, music icon Dave Berry and comedian Toby Foster.

Shots from the session are available for artists, both amateur and professionals, who want to do their own depiction of the couple and enter the popular competition.

The photos are available for collection from Park Offices of Sheffield Council’s Parks and Countryside Department, in Meersbrook Park on Brook Road from Monday.

They will be available at reception from 8.45am to 5.15pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.45pm on Fridays and must be collected in person.

The eighth Art in the Gardens takes place at Sheffield Botanical Gardens on Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4.

Lord and Lady Scarbrough will attend to judge the competition.

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