In the summer of 2019 I entered the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition and in June 2019 I managed to make it into the final shortlist of 21 sheds.
My shed was in the studio workshop category together with two other sheds and at this stage the competition went to a public vote.
Thanks to a wonderful response from family, friends and perhaps most of all a very engaged and encouraging Instagram following, it was announced in mid September that my shed had won the category.
Shed of the Year is a wonderful, quirky and very British institution. Traditionally sheds have been seen as quite a male preserve. But in recent years the emergence of the she shed has seen more and more women creating spaces where they can do their thing from art studios and vintage retreats to home offices, gyms and saunas.
Getting to the final shortlist meant that my shed got lots of national and regional media attention.
Here is a snapshot of artistintheshed in the media.
On 29 July 2019 ITV Westcountry interviewed me in my shed about getting onto the shortlist for the Shed of the Year. There is quite a lot of license here with calling my garden a city meadow but it was so fun to be on the telly and the camera woman and reporter Caron Bell was a pleasure to work with.
It was also fab to be featured on my favourite local online news Bristol 24/7
Here is a link to the news item on Bristol 24/7
The story went national
Here is the link to the item in The Guardian on 25 July 2019 that shows all of the final 21 sheds that reached the coveted shortlist. You need to scroll to find my shed – I think it’s at about number nine.
Metro did a great article, again listing all of the 21 shed that reached the shortlist
This article in the Daily Mail on 20 September 2019 features the final eight category winners.