Over 400 artists will be on the streets of Gloucester’s city centre this weekend live painting, sculpting, drawing and any other art form you can think of for Gloucester’s brand new art event, Art in the City.

The event consists of various demonstrations of live art throughout the city, free workshops and classes for the public to sign up to as well as competitions with prize money amounting to £3800.  With different categories in the competition, a variety of different art forms for the demonstrations and workshops, there is sure to be something for everyone this weekend at Art in the City.

The event begins this Saturday morning and will go on throughout the day until 6pm when the competition closes. The following day on Sunday the 31st of July, Art in the City continues with plenty more demonstrations and workshops for the public.  Members of the public are invited to enter the competition for free or to register for a free workshop on a variety of different art classes. There is also a number of demonstrations taking place throughout the two days, ranging from chainsaw carving and stone carving, to large upside down speed painting and giant chalk street art. These demonstrations will be scattered throughout the city centre and all the details of when and where each demonstration will be, can be found on the Art in the City website:

Marketing Gloucester has organised a prestigious and high quality line up of Judges for Art in the City to bring great expertise and knowledge to the competition. The judges are Lady Bathurst – The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, acclaimed artists Russell Haines, Swarez and the renowned P J Crook.

Art in the City is organised by Marketing Gloucester and is part of the SoMAC (Summer of Music, Arts and Culture) festival with funding from The Arts Council of, platinum sponsors WSP Solicitors and Toyota Listers and supported by Gloucester City Council.

Jason Smith, Chief Executive of Marketing Gloucester commented: “Gloucester is a city where art happens in an urban setting. This event is a great way to let the rest of the world know that cultural activities are at the heart of our city and for everyone from every community to experience art in the places they work, live and play”.

Alongside everything else, there is also a public social media competition with multiple prizes up to £100 to be awarded winners. To enter all a member of the public has to do is upload a picture to Instagram or Twitter of their impression of Art in the City and use the hashtags #ArtInTheCity #WDYT #SnapHappy #SoMAC #Gloucester. This will automatically enrol you for the chance to win up to £100.

Lisa Noakes, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said:”We are attracting some great local artistic talent as well as national artists for the competitions and we cannot wait to see the great work produced on the day. We also wanted to make it a fully inclusive event for the Gloucester public and so we have plenty of Art demonstrations in the streets and Art workshops to get involved with, all free of charge. Gloucester will truly be turned into a work of art this weekend”.

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