Art in the Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens, 1 - 2 September 2018
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.

Lexus Sheffield – Premier Sponsor of Art in the Gardens

We are delighted to announce that Lexus Sheffield are once again the Premier Sponsors of  ‘Art in the Gardens’ and will be joining us at the show.  Lexus Sheffield is the city’s dedicated fully equipped Lexus Centre perfectly placed to ‘create amazing’ for customers old and new in the South Yorkshire region. To find out more about Lexus Sheffield 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

We are very excited to announce that Sheffield’s hottest property, Lord Mayor Magid Magid, is the subject of this year’s 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. 

Now artists from Sheffield and beyond are invited to interpret Magid’s distinctive flair, style and creativity in to their own works of art and take part in this year’s competition. 

Councillor Magid Magid, The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, said:

“Sheffield is a truly diverse and distinct city with a real flair for art and creativity so I’m honoured to be the subject of this year’s Portraits of Distinction competition. 

“I love being associated with Sheffield and all the city represents and since becoming Lord Mayor my image has gone far and wide. Now I’m looking forward to seeing how each artist transforms my picture in to a work of art and I hope people will be bold with their creations, showing how they can do things differently, just like me.” 

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 portrait competition will be officially launched on Friday, 6 July and from then, artists can collect a photograph of The Lord Mayor from the main reception at Sheffield Town Hall and begin work on their portraits or sculptures ready for the show,  photographs will be handed out on a first-come first-served basis, one photo per artist along with a form and terms of entry. 

Town Hall Reception open - 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 4.45pm Friday. 

Please download Portrait Competition Form to the left for further information, please note this form is available also on collection of a photo. 

Happy portrait painting!

Rob Walker Portraits of Distinction Winners 2017 were;

1st Place – Cynthia Dibbo

2nd Place – David Ball

3rd Place – Leslie Cornthwaite

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 - , Paul Smith - ,   and many more at the peak of their craft.

Best Professional Stall 2017 was won by Juliet Forrest –

Juliet created a wonderful display of her original glass pieces that worked very nicely in the West Pavilion and presented meadows of glass flowers with a magical portal on the formal lawns!


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. 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.

Sorry the selection process is now closed for Open Art 2018

2017 Winners were as follows:

People’s Choice Best in Show – “High Tide” by John Leadley

Judge’s Choice Best in Show – “Earthwave” by Xenmint Photography

Miscellaneous – “Under loved Sheep” by Xenia Li

All Scapes – “High Tide” by John Leadley

Still Life & Flowers – “Red wine selection” by Leslie Cornthwaite

Wildlife & Animals – “Time to go home” by Janet Thornton

Abstract – “High rise” by Denise Gratton”

Figurative & Portrait – “Couple” by Anna Kryzhanovska

Photography - “Earthwave” by Xenmint Photography

Highly Commended – “Stanage Edge” by John Wilsher

Highly Commended – “Wire Steel City” by Hollie E Parker

Congratulations to all of the 2017 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 31st August 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 are available from July 12th  2018 at the Town Hall Main Reception, or you can purchase over the phone securely by card, by contacting the Events Team on 0114 2734400 or 0114 2736681.


Gallery of photographs of the show by Ian M Spooner Photography


Art in the Gardens 2017 | Facebook 

Art in the Gardens 2016 | Facebook



General Enquiries, Artist Stall Bookings and Sponsorship Opportunities

Howard Simpson - 0114 273 6433 or email


Catering & Associated Trade Stall Bookings

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