Art in the Gardens is back in the frame

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Final preparations are being made for Art in the Gardens, the biggest outdoor art and crafts show in the north, which returns to the Botanical Gardens on September 6 and 7.

More than 300 artists, sculptors and craftsmen will exhibit about 10,000 pieces at the event, which is in its 11th year.

Artists due to be showing their work include Joe Scarborough, Helen Parsley, Diane Haddon-Moore, Richard Harpum, Tim Rose, Bing Jones, John Connolly, Phil Lockwood, Wendy Carlton, Vivienne Cawson and David Brightmore.

A traditional feature is the ‘Portraits of Distinction’ competition, which this year sees artists painting a portrait of Pulp drummer Nick Banks based on photographs taken by Trevor Neal. Nick will be choosing his favourite portrait on the Sunday afternoon.

He said: “It’s a privilege to be involved with this project and to be aligned with the many celebrities that have taken part over the last 10 years.

“I know the standard of the portraits is always very high, so I am really looking forward to seeing the different interpretations from the artists and to judge the event.”

The range of work on display over the weekend extends to photography, ceramics, textiles, prints, leatherwork, wood, glass, jewellery, stone and metalwork, and there is a programme of live entertainment, a craft market selling art, clothing, jewellery, gifts and refreshments, craft demonstrations and an art activity village for children.

Council cabinet member Isobel Bowler described Art in the Gardens as “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 offers a great day out for the whole family.”

Art in the Gardens starts with a preview evening taking place on the Friday (September 5) between 6.30 and 9.30pm when visitors have the chance to buy their favourite pieces before the main exhibition opens the following day.

Tickets for the preview (£6 for two adults; no children) are available from the Little Nature Shop, tel 268 6025,

The main event on Saturday and Sunday runs from 10.30am until 5pm with admission of £6. Accompanied children aged under 16 can go for free.