Between the 9th and 10th of September, around 70 of the country's top artists will be coming to Cheltenham to paint at the first annual Cheltenham Paint Festival - and we're delighted to confirm that The Brewery Quarter will be playing host to one of the very talented street artists! World renowned Gnasher will be transforming on of the archways on the side of Cupola Tower, from a white rendered wall to a spectacle of colour.
Famous artists from all over the country will also be painting at over a dozen locations around the town. Artists such as My Dog Sighs, who has a huge international following, P0g0 who has been a finalist in the world stencil artist of the year competition, Gary Alford designer of the Wu-Tang Clan's album covers and the will be painting venues such as The Hardwicke Campus, The Two Pigs, The Bottle of Sauce, Chapel Arts Gallery and many more. Plus there will be a plethora of the county's best local artists to compliment them.
With funding from the Arts Council England, the Honeybourne Line Urban Art Project and the Big Local the Cheltenham Paint Festival has been able to organise a wonderful free event for all the family. At Hardwicke Campus there will even be FREE graffiti workshops for kids on both days. Taking place on the same weekend as the Tour of Britain cycle race and the Heritage Open Day, expect the town to be packed to the rafters with visitors from all over the country.
Local artist and organiser Andy 'Dice' Davies - who recently painted the shipping container on the High Street containing Virtual Reality headsets from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the huge SMILE on the Honeybourne Line tunnels for a leading business magazine - has worked tirelessly to put on a paint festival he hopes will grow into a huge annual event and that will attract the world's leading artists to the town. He said 'Due to funding issues and time constraints we have missed out on a couple of our top targets this year as they had to accept other jobs but we are already planning for the next one and hope to have some incredible international artists signed up for an even bigger event next year. Without giving too much away we have already signed up our first artist duo for next year and they've painted the UK's tallest mural!"
'We would love to hear from anyone who'd like to volunteer to either paint the walls blank for the artists or steward for a few hours on the weekend as there are only two of us organising the event and we need some help desperately!"