Art in the Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens, 5 - 6 September 2020
10.30am - 5.30pm

The annual Art in the Gardens event, held in Sheffield Botanical Gardens, is arguably the largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England with artists, craft makers and visitors coming from throughout the UK.

This event is a truly wonderful opportunity to buy the perfect piece of art or craft direct from the artists, whilst enjoying the perfect surroundings that the gardens have to offer.  Thousands of pieces of art and craft on show and for sale.

Graysons Solicitors – Premier Sponsor of Art in the Gardens

Graysons Solicitors are the premier sponsors of Art in the Gardens.  One of the region’s longest established and most respected law firms, Graysons has an interest in promoting art locally, having recently commissioned artist Alan Pennington to provide eye catching works for their new offices. 

Graysons Solicitors specialises in wills & lifetime planning, probate & estate administration, property, family, personal injury, occupational illness and medical negligence. . To find out more please visit:


The firm recently commissioned Alan Pennington to work on scenes from the Botanical Gardens – the images were used on everything from mugs to bags and given away as mementos of Art In The Gardens to visitors attending the show.

Peter Clark, managing partner at Graysons, said: “Graysons has enjoyed a long history in Sheffield and we’re always looking for ways to put something back into the community.

“Art In The Gardens is a fantastic event that attracts great crowds and helps nurture the next generation of artists. We are pleased and honoured to have had the opportunity to be premier sponsors and to have been actively involved in the event.”  

Graysons also staged an art competition for kids which attracted scores of entries.


A great day out for all the family...

  • Premier Artists and Craft Professionals
  • Open art Exhibition
  • Portrait of Distinction Competition
  • Outdoor sculpture on the lawns
  • Huge variety of artist and craft exhibitors
  • Home and Gardens Showcase
  • Children's Art Activities
  • Sheffield Young Artists Display
  • Performing Arts
  • Original art, prints and craft for sale direct from the artists

Portraits of Distinction – Paulette Edwards

Thirty two portraits of Paulette Edwards were created by competing artists, which gave Paulette a very difficult task of choosing the winning three! 

And the Winners are!! 

1st Prize winner – Bryan John

Bryan’s painted portrait entitled “Paulette Edwards in Another Light” was stunning! Contemporary, colourful and compositionally wonderful, beautifully painted, by someone who celebrates colour and composition in the style of expressionism.  Please take a look at Bryan’s website for more information about his excellent work. 

2nd Prize winner – Chris Pollard
3rd Prize winner – Dan Johnson 

Thank you to all the artists that took time and effort to create portraits of Paulette, Paulette was overwhelmed by the skill and creativity that came across through the work!

Our thanks also go to Paulette Edwards for sitting as our Celebrity for this year and to Trevor Neal for his hard work on the photography shoot.

Premier Artists

Each year the event hosts some of the very best professional artists locally, regionally and arguably from the UK! To name just a few, you can look forward to meeting: Helen Parsley -, Gareth Watling - , Rebecca Joselyn - , John Paul Cooke - , Wendy Carlton - , Vivienne Cawson - , Michael Claxton - , and many more at the peak of their craft.

Best Professional Stall 2018 was won by Northern Potters Association -

Open Art Exhibition

The Open Art Exhibition takes place in the largest marquee at the event and is a great opportunity for amateur and semi-professional artists to exhibit their work to thousands of visitors. If your work is of a professional quality and you would like to give selling your work a try at Art in the Gardens, then please download the Open Art Form and the Open Art Letter(available in April 2020). There is a selection process to ensure the excellent quality of the Open Art Exhibition, and in this marquee we sell the work on your behalf.

Selection Weekend will take place on 13 and 14 June 2020.

Art in the Gardens 2019 – Prize Winners 

People’s Choice

Best in Show - “Apples and Jugs” by Leslie Cornthwaite 

Judge’s Choice

Best in Show – “The Curator” by Jonny Dixon

Miscellaneous - “Where are we Going?” by Kay Aitch

All Scapes - “Fire on the Mountain” (Curbar) by John Sutcliffe

Still Life & Flowers - “Sweet Peas” by Leslie Cornthwaite

Wildlife & Animals - “Walkies Anyone?”   by Janet E Thornton

Abstract - “Liturgy” by Colleen Penny

Figurative & Portrait - “Swimming with Ducks” by Lizzy Algeswaran

Photography  - “Sheffield – City of Steel” by Xenmint

Highly Commended - “Big Cow” by Michael John Marsh

Highly Commended - “In the Distance, Someone is Singing” by Miriam Stayte 

Congratulations to all of our winners this year and our thank you to all of the artists who participated this year!

Event Admission

Adults £6, accompanied children under 16 Free.

Tickets are available on the gate, no pre-sale of tickets for this event.

Preview Evening

The Preview Evening on Friday 4 September 6.00pm - 9.00pm, is a wonderful opportunity to be amongst the first to view and snap up the bargains and favorite pieces of artwork on display, whilst enjoying a glass of wine and a great atmosphere.

Please be aware to purchase tickets early as this year tickets will be limited, £6 ticket admits two adults (sorry no children permitted).

Tickets will be available from June 2020 at the Town Hall Main Reception. 

Gallery of photographs of the show by Ian M Spooner Photography

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General Enquiries, Artist Stall Bookings and Sponsorship Opportunities

Howard Simpson - please email

 Catering & Associated Trade Stall Bookings

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