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 - Councillor Magid Magid, The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield

2018 Winners were;

First Place – “Change” By Dawn Boulton

Second Place – “Magid – Here’s to the Future” by Janet E Thornton

Third Place – “Magid Magid” by Hannah Cobbold

We were very excited to receive Sheffield’s hottest property, Lord Mayor Magid Magid, as the subject of 2018 Portraits of Distinction competition. 

Since becoming Lord Mayor in May, Cllr Magid has been in high demand. His Town Hall crouch picture went viral and since he has appeared in The Guardian and The Independent, on The One Show, Good Morning Britain, Sunday Politics and many more. 

Previous well-known names who have been the centrepiece of the competition include Pulp drummer Nick Banks, television presenter Bradley Walsh, former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, music icon Dave Berry, artist Joe Scarborough, BBC weather presenters Paul Hudson and Lisa Gallagher, the Earl and Countess of Scarborough, Olympic high diver Monique Gladding and BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster and Rony Robinson. 

The Sitter of Note for 2019 will be announced in the New Year! 

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

Julie Wilson - Email: