Artists gear up for big Sheffield show

Last year's Art in the Gardens - Liz Nicholson and daughter Emma admire a decorative metal gate
Last year's Art in the Gardens - Liz Nicholson and daughter Emma admire a decorative metal gate
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The countdown is on for one of Sheffield’s biggest outdoor art and crafts shows.

Art in the Gardens – now in its 11th year – will fill Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens with paintings, sculpture, demonstrations, stalls and entertainment on the weekend of September 6 and 7.

Contributors, including Sheffield’s Joe Scarborough, will join more than 300 artists, sculptors and craftsmen, exhibiting around 10,000 pieces of work.

Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “Art in the Gardens is a key event in the cultural calendar in Yorkshire.

“Every year those behind the event pull out all the stops, and this year is no exception.

“There is an exciting line-up of artists showing their work, with several of them exhibiting at Art in the Gardens for the first time.

“It is testament to Sheffield’s cultural reputation that the event is attracting such talented and creative artists to the city.

“The Botanical Gardens is a beautiful setting and with Art in the Gardens it offers a great day out for the whole family.”

The range of work on display is set to be wider than ever and will include photography, ceramics, textiles, prints, leatherwork, wood, glass, jewellery, stone and metalwork.

There is also a programme of live entertainment, a craft market selling art, clothing, jewellery and gifts, craft demonstrations and an art activity village for children.

Completing the line-up is a Portraits of Distinction competition, which will be judged on the afternoon of September 7.

Art in the Gardens kicks off with a preview evening on September 5 between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, where guests will be given the chance to snap up their favourite pieces before the main exhibition opens the following day.

n A limited number of tickets are available for the preview evening. The £6 tickets admit two adults. Ring 0114 268 6025 or visit

Admission to the main event is £6 per person with accompanied children under 16 free. Visit