Friday 26 August 2016

It’s one of the highlights of Sheffield’s events calendar, and welcomes thousands of people to the beautiful Botanical Gardens every year.

And now, more than 300 artists, sculptors and craftspeople are preparing to exhibit their work when Art in the Gardens returns for a 13th year on Saturday, 3 September and Sunday 4 September.

Visitors from across the UK flock to Art in the Gardens to view and buy top-quality photography, ceramics, textiles, prints, leatherwork, wood, glass, jewellery, stone and metalwork.

There is also a programme of live entertainment; a market selling art, clothing, jewellery, gifts and refreshments; craft demonstrations and an art activity village for children.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “Every year, those behind the scenes pull out all the stops to ensure that Art in the Gardens continues to be such a key event in Yorkshire’s cultural calendar.

“It attracts talented and creative artists to the city, and this year is no exception. We have Bob Campbell – aka Stig – bringing his extraordinary sculptures made from reclaimed materials to the Bear Pit, sculptures by former farmer Edwin Peat on the lawns, and work on show from acclaimed artists including Helen Parsley, Brian Smith, Steve Elliott and Gareth Watling, among others.

“And of course the beautiful Botanical Gardens is an absolutely first-class attraction in itself. A stunning setting, filled with stalls, entertainment and so much to do, means that Art in the Gardens offers a great day out for people of all ages.”

Art in the Gardens takes place between 10.30am and 5.30pm on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September and is a great day out for art lovers and families alike.

Children can join in with a huge range of hands-on workshops, including art and craft activities in the Young Artists’ Workshop marquee, based in the Children’s Village on the lower lawns.

Between 11am and 3pm on both days, sessions in the marquee will include a huge choice of insect and flower-inspired activities for young artists and makers. Professionals from Straightcurves, a Chesterfield-based creative business, will be helping youngsters make beautiful butterflies, clay ladybirds, pom-pom insects, knitted butterflies and more.

The University of Sheffield’s concerts team will be playing at music “hubs” throughout the Botanical Gardens over the weekend, while Cavendish Cancer Care will also be on site, with activities to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Independent and local businesses will be providing a wide range of food and drink to suit all tastes, and live performances include music and dance of all genres.

Meanwhile, the artwork on sale will suit all budgets, and ranges from original paintings and sculpture through to jewellery, ceramics, crafts, clothing and greetings cards.

Admission is priced at £6, and accompanied children aged under 16 go free.

A limited number of tickets are also available for a Preview Evening on Friday 2 September, and are available from Sheffield Tourist Information, next to the Winter Gardens in Surrey Street.

For more information visit www.artinthegardens.com