Drummer in the frame at Botanical Gardens

Pulp drummer Nick Banks
Pulp drummer Nick Banks

Pulp drummer Nick Banks has a date in the Botanical Gardens in September - to judge portraits of himself.

He is the latest subject of the Portraits of Distinction competition, which has become an integral part of the Art in the Gardens weekend.

Sheffield photographer Trevor Neal has taken a series of images of Nick for artists to use as the basis for their efforts.

The drummer, also the owner of the family pottery business, is following in the footsteps of a varied range of personalities, including actors Bradley Walsh and Bruce Jones, Olympic high diver Monique Gladding, the Earl and Countess of Scarborough, singer Dave Berry, artist Joe Scarborough, BBC weather presenters Paul Hudson and Lisa Gallagher and BBC Radio Sheffield presenters Toby Foster and Rony Robinson..

Trevor said: “Nick Gave generously of his time and really entered into the spirit of the whole shoot. His dog was also very cooperative! This year’s sitter should be particularly challenging and inspiring for the artists to paint. His home provided a great backdrop for the portrait shots and his various items of memorabilia made insightful props to illustrate his wide variety of interests. His collection of a contemporary art was a particular joy to share.”

Nick 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.”

Photos are available from the council’s parks and countryside offices in Meersbrook Park. Portraits need to be ready in time for Art in the Gardens on September 6/7.