This year Cheltenham is excited to welcome back one of the newest additions to a growing line up of festivals in our town. Started back in 2016, by founder and local artist Andy “Dice Sixtyseven” Davies, the Paint Festival is for people who would like to experience the more creative and artful side of Cheltenham whilst exploring the area. Funding from Arts Council England, Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham BID and The Brewery Quarter has allowed Cheltenham Paint Festival to be a free event with access for all, including mobility users, on the 8th – 9th September 2018.

Not all of the pieces can be confined to one weekend though, as many of the pieces are so large, they need days to complete and dry. The artists that are coming to Cheltenham this year will include Beau Stanton, My Dog Sighs, Roo, Snub23, SPZero, p0g0 and N4T4. Meanwhile, Harpo, Samer and David Collier have already participated in the Cheltenham Paint Festival and have left some magnificent murals and pieces of art on our walls.

Harpo has created a stunning owl painting in North Place Car Park near The Brewery Quarter. Samer has created a stunning mural near Woody’s Fruit and Veg on the lower high street. Meanwhile David Hollier who is an American artist, has painted an outstanding piece on the back of The Wilson dedicated to Dorothea Beale.

Dorothea Beale was a suffragist from Cheltenham, who was made Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College in 1858. She was most widely remembered for her brilliant work in pioneering girl’s education. This included the introduction of maths and science, which at the time was strongly opposed by parents of the girls she was teaching. Her headstrong determination eventually broke through and she managed to show parents her students were just as ambitious and intelligent as the male students. Not only did she decide to set up this education for girls she made sure that if they wanted to continue their education they could, which is where St Hilda’s College, Oxford comes in. Not only this but she also oversaw the growth of the charity St Hilda’s East, London, which serves as a community centre. This charity is still running today.

The Paint Festival is also a superb experience for families with young children who can participate in various workshops. The workshops offer an excellent opportunity for your children to embrace and tap into their creative flare and will be hosted over the two days at the Gloucestershire University Hardwick Campus in Cheltenham. If you would like to know more about these workshops you can check out all the information here.

With 120 artists coming to Cheltenham to participate in the Paint Festival, placed at 25 different locations it is the biggest paint festival Cheltenham has had to date. The team at the Festival has also designed a 6km walk around Cheltenham which will help you find the artists and their fantastic work located around The Brewery Quarter on the High Street. There will also be features at the Railway Line, The Bayshill which is being transformed by the lead artist Beau Stanton, Williams Cycles, Cleeveland Street and the Lower High Street Car Park. Other Locations come from the 2017 Cheltenham Paint Festival and the artwork will still be available to look at. Such places include The Honeybourne Line Cycle and Footpath, Pittville Park and Cheltenham Spa Railway Bridge. If you would like to know more about the locations for the Paint Festival then you check it all out here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Cheltenham Paint Festival and we hope you have a wonderful time walking around and exploring Cheltenham.

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