It was once the last bastion of male refuge at the bottom of the garden - but now the shed has become a national obsession in the art world, which is reflected in a university exhibition launched yesterday in Birmingham.
SHED2 features the work of some of the UK's top illustrators and designers, together with staff and students from the Visual Communication BA course at the UCE
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, who were all asked to create their vision of ideal and dream sheds.
Visitors to the department's gallery in the Gosta Green campus in Corporation Street will see the illustrations, sculptures and photo designs, housed inside the cramped confines of a shed.
The display features the work of award-winning artists such as Andrew Baker, Geoff Grandfield, Simon Pemberton and Economist cartoonist of the year, Morton Moerland.
A UCE spokeswoman said the display was the second of its kind after last year's Visions of Utopia SHED exhibition.
She said the idea also came from the increased interest in sheds after the "Shed Boat Shed" artwork, where an artist made a boat out of a shed and reassem-bled it in its original form, won last year's Turner Prize.
"There is quite an obsession with the Englishman and his shed," she said. "There were 50 illustrators involved to start with and they were joined by staff and students and another 40 to 50 people. The ideas range from bizarre to really nice pieces of artwork."
The exhibition runs for three weeks and is open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.