It’s not long before over 130 phenomenal artists descend onto the streets (and walls) of Cheltenham. There will be four different types of workshops for children and adults to get involved in, a scenic 6k (4 mile walk) around Cheltenham to enjoy whilst seeking out the art which will be decorating a whopping 25 different locations.  

We've asked the organiser to share their top eight unmissable highlights of this years event taking place the 5th - 8th September. 

Drawing the Line 

The Bristol Influence, a screening of the 1989 BBC documentary  which reflects the approach to aerosol art by both artists and the authorities at the time. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with John Nation, Inkie, Felix ‘FLX’ Braun and Turroe. We’re lucky to have such an illustrious panel to kick off this years proceedings. This event will be held at Chapel Arts, Knapp Road, Cheltenham on the 6th September at 7.30. Tickets are £10 and are available on the website -

Kids Spray Can Workshops

(£6 per child over the age of 8). This year our workshops will be run by Portsmouth based artists Winniemmay and Little Blue. The workshops will consist of an introduction to simple spray can techniquest and a chance to spray and play, then they will move on to overlay the work with some simple stencils. Masks, paint, can caps and stencils are all provided. Spaces are limited and are selling out fast, to book one of the few remaining spaces, follow the link

Proving that Street Art isn't just for boys

We have a strong cast of female artists joining us this year, including Zabou, Faunagraphic, Illunis and Leanne Connroy to name but a few.

Unique 2019 theme

‘Hurrah for Books’, which will see over 30 artists take inspiration from their favourite books and authors in the pieces they create. The theme will see the 2019 Cheltenham Paint Festival partner with the Cheltenham Literature Festival in celebrating their 70th Anniversary. A competition will open at the end of the weekend to name the best interpretation of the theme, more details will follow in the coming week.

The Artists (or course!)

This year they are travelling from far and wide, we are excited to announce that WD Street Art will be one of this years Headliners and he has chosen Cheltenham to paint in the UK for the very first time.

The Cheltenham Paint Festival shop

New for this year -, not only can Street Art enthusiasts buy some amazing pieces (from as little as £20.00), but they can become supporters of the Festival - If you love the paint festival then this is a must-buy. For £10 you get the warm, fuzzy feeling from doing something good, our unending thanks, and you will be amongst the limited group of people who will receive an email on Thursday 5th September with the location and time of a top secret free paint festival event that will be taking place that evening. It's so secret that we can't even tell you what is happening until you turn up.

The Festival Fringe Village

Open on the 7th and 8th of September at the University of Gloucestershire Hardwick Campus between 10am and 4pm - not only will there be a range of activities available including doodle wall and face painting (this is also the venue for our Kids Workshops) our pop up gallery will also be open for you to take pick up works from our artists.

Chapel Arts Exhibition

The second event being held at Chapel Arts during this years festival is an exhibition we have curated which will bring together the brightest names (in association with Asylum Artist Management) who are fast building their reputations and our Headline artist Inkie.

I'm sure you'll agree that the Cheltenham Paint Festival 2019 sounds like the biggest and best yet.  For more information go to, scroll to the bottom of the home page to the 'What's On When' section and double click on the 'paperclick to see a full spreadsheet of timings and event details.  You can also pick up a map from one of the volunteers over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of September at the University of Gloucestershire Hardwick Campus field next to the main buildings.  Enjoy the festivities!


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Cheltenham Paint Festival

Watch Cheltenham's streets pop with colour whilst a selection of top artists paint at the annual Cheltenham Paint Festival, 5 - 6 September 2020.



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