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Artwork set against the background of the Botanical Gardens glasshouses
Artwork set against the background of the Botanical Gardens glasshouses

Countdown on to this weekend’s Art in the Gardens

31 August 2017

The countdown is on to this weekend’s Art in the Gardens festival at the Botanical Gardens, which will see around 300 artists and craftspeople exhibiting more than 4,000 pieces of their work.

Sponsored by Lexus Sheffield, the event – now in its 14th year – is one of the highlights of Sheffield’s major events calendar, and attracts visitors, makers and artists from across the region.

Art in the Gardens runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday 2 September and Sunday 3 September, throughout the Botanical Gardens off Clarkehouse Road.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Art in the Gardens is one of our premier events here in Sheffield and, with such a range of arts, crafts and live demonstrations, it’s easy to see why it remains so popular, year after year.

“I hope that people of all ages will come along to see the paintings and sculptures, browse the huge range of stalls, watch the demonstrations and perhaps learn something new from the artists, craftspeople and jewellers who will be sharing their expertise

“It’s also exciting that, for the first time this year, we’ll have an all-new Homes and Gardens area, featuring a huge exhibition of outdoor living and garden ideas.”

The range of creativity on display throughout Art in the Gardens includes photography, ceramics, textiles, print making, leatherwork, wood turning, glass work, jewellery, and sculptures in metal, wood, and stone.

There is also live music throughout the weekend, the Open Art Exhibition, a bustling market and the gardens themselves to explore and enjoy.

Premier artists with marquees are set to include Helen Parsley, Brian Smith, Steve Elliott, Gareth Watling, Rebecca Joselyn and the Kelham Island Arts Collective, as well as many more, while this year’s artist in the Bear Pit is David Mayne.

Portraits will be especially significant this year, with the usual Portraits of Distinction exhibits, plus the return of premier artist Bing Jones and new exhibitors Michael W Mullaney, Caroline Mc Farlane, Richard Thomas and many others.

Meanwhile, the centrepiece of the Homes and Gardens area, created by garden design and maintenance company daVally, will include a range of outdoor furniture, a hot tub and contemporary outdoor kitchen ideas, as well as examples of paving, fencing, decking, ponds, turf and a waterfall.

Other Homes and Gardens exhibitors will include Dawson’s Yard, with a selection of plants, vintage and antique garden items. Hector and Cedric Eco Buildings will be showcasing their timber-framed bespoke outdoor furniture, and there will also be upcycled wood creations from Wood Reincarnation.

Dave Caborn, MD of daVally Garden Services, said: “daVally are delighted to have been selected to build the showcase garden for the ‘Art in the Gardens’ festival. Our construction work on the stand at the Botanical Gardens has already attracted a lot of interest from people passing by. We’re delighted by the response and are really looking forward to discussing ideas for outdoor living with visitors to the show this weekend.”

St Luke’s Hospice is this year’s charity partner, and will have a spot in the East Pavilion.

For more information on Art in the Gardens visit www.artinthegardens.com