Paintings, sculptures, crafts, demonstrations and entertainment are set to fill the Botanical Gardens when the biggest outdoor art and crafts show in the North returns to Sheffield in less than three weeks’ time.

Now in its twelfth year, Art in the Gardens will be back in its home off Clarkehouse Road on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, with more than 300 artists, sculptors and craftspeople together exhibiting around 10,000 pieces of work.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “Deservedly, Art in the Gardens is a key event in the cultural calendar in Yorkshire, and it is testament to Sheffield’s reputation that it attracts such talented and creative artists to the city.

“Every year, those behind the event pull out all the stops and 2015 will be no exception. There is an exciting line-up of artists showing their work, with several of them exhibiting at Art in the Gardens for the first time.

“The Botanical Gardens is a beautiful setting and with stalls, entertainment, demonstrations and of course a huge range of art of all kinds, Art in the Gardens offers a great day out for the whole family.”

Visitors from across the UK flock to Art in the Gardens each year to view and purchase 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.

Entries are also still open for this year’s “Portraits of Distinction” competition, and those who wish to take part should collect photographs from the council’s Parks and Countryside offices in Meersbrook Park, in order to produce a portrait before the event.

The subject for 2015 is Alexandra Sitwell, of Renishaw Hall, who sat for the photographs earlier this year and will be judging the competition during the Art in the Gardens weekend.

Artists set to exhibit this year include Helen Parsley, Brian Robinson, Maggie Robinson, Eve Olsen, Tim Rose, Gareth Watling, Steve Elliott, Mark Wilson, Lynne Wilkinson, Carole Baker, Brian Smith, Vanessa Cuthbert, Steve Simpson, John Connolly, Diane Haddon-Moore and many more.

Art in the Gardens kicks off with a Preview Evening taking place on Friday 4 September, between 6.30 and 9.30pm, where guests will be treated to an evening with premier artists – and given the chance to snap up their favourite pieces before the main exhibition opens the following day.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Preview Evening. The £6 tickets admit two adults (sorry, no children on Friday) and are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Little Nature Shop. Phone 0114 2686025 for further details.

The main event runs over Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September from 10:30am until 5pm with admission priced at just £6. Accompanied children aged under 16 can go for free.

For more information visit www.artinthegardens.com, or join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1497666050524609/