Art in the Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens, 7 - 8 September 2019
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

We are delighted to announce Graysons Solicitors as 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:





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

It is with great delight that we welcome BBC Radio Sheffield Presenter Paulette Edwards as the subject for the Portraits of Distinction Exhibition at Art in the Gardens. 

A fantastic selection of photographs have been captured by Trevor Neal from a fabulous shoot taken with Paulette at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. The photographs are available to artists interested in entering the competition from Sheffield’s Town Hall Reception from now. Please ask to see the Portraits of Distinction photographs at the Reception Desk any time during opening hours:-

Reception open times – 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 4.45pm Friday. 

You will only be allowed to choose one photograph to work from. We are unable to post out photos except under exceptional circumstances.

You will then have until the show to produce a drawing, painting (or even a sculpture). We will accept stretched canvases without a frame (but with cord on the back so it can be hung in the usual way) but all other work must be suitably framed and with strong cord, securely tied on the back.  Poor framing can spoil your hard work, and we may refuse to accept your submission, clip frames are not permitted. 

The artwork must have the title, medium and price as well as your name, address and telephone number on the back. Please bring a completed form (collect with photo or download here) with your work to Art in the Gardens, Sheffield Botanical Gardens from 10am -12noon on Friday 6th September (via top entrance on Clarkehouse Road). 

Please note that the winning painting is given to the subject as a thank-you for their involvement and you will not get back the price you have put on it, but we will give you as much press coverage and publicity as we can, as well as receiving your £100 winner’s cheque and hamper from Art In The Gardens.  

Paulette will be coming along to the show on the Friday Preview Evening 6th Sep (6pm – 9pm), to award artists, each artist that enters a portrait will receive a complimentary Preview Invitation that admits two adults (sorry no children at the Preview Evening).  If the winner is under 18, they will receive their award on the Sunday from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, or from Paulette at a later date.

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 - , Lynne Wilkinson - , Tim Rose - , Wendy Carlton - , Vivienne Cawson - , Michael Claxton - , and many more at the peak of their craft.

Best Professional Stall 2018 was won by Susan Entwistle –

Susan created a wonderful display of her beautiful pointillist garden paintings situated in one of the Premier Artists Marquees! 

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 2019). 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.

Please note selection weekend will take place 15 and 16 June 2019

2018 Winners were as follows:

People’s Choice

Best in Show – “The Elopement by Moonlight” by Phil Lockwood

Judge’s Choice

Best in Show – “Southwold Harbour” by Lynne Wixon

Miscellaneous – “Crack in Time” by Xen Mint Photography

All Scapes – “Landscape 10” by Phil Lockwood

Still Life & Flowers – “The Lace Tablecloth” by Leslie Cornthwaite 

Wildlife and Animals – “Kestrel” by Luke Needham

Abstract – “Jarama” by Colleen Penny

Figurative and Portrait – “Last of the Summer Wine” by Luke Needham 

Photography – “Swagger and Jagger” by Ian Spooner

Highly Commended – “Dray Horse” by Janet E Thornton

Highly Commended – “Abstract Apples” by Judith Fearn 

Congratulations to all of the 2018 winners and thank you to all artists for exhibiting last 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 6 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 2019 at the Town Hall Main Reception.


Gallery of photographs of the show by Ian M Spooner Photography

Art in the Gardens 2018 | Facebook

Art in the Gardens 2017 | Facebook 

Art in the Gardens 2016 | Facebook



General Enquiries, Artist Stall Bookings and Sponsorship Opportunities

Howard Simpson - please email

 Catering & Associated Trade Stall Bookings

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