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Marketing Gloucester have announced a brand new event for SoMAC -Gloucester’s Summer of Music Arts and Culture, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July.

‘Art In The City’ celebrates creativity inspired by Gloucester’s history and heritage, its picturesque surroundings and its people. The event features a live, outdoor, one-day painting competition taking place on the Saturday, along with free activities, live art demonstrations and an Artists’ Village on the Saturday and Sunday.

Over £3,000 has been offered up as prize money across three categories:

For traditional artists there is the Main Competition (first prize £1,500, runners up £500) and the Student Competition for under 18s and those in higher or further education (£750); and in recognition of Gloucester’s burgeoning urban art scene, there is also a Street Art Competition (£500). Artists can use a range of different media. Oils, watercolours, acrylics, drawing, pastels, mixed media, spray paint, pen and ink are all accepted.

Artists will be competing to best capture the spirit of Gloucester and its community, and impress the judging panel which includes P.J. Crook, Stroud-based Swarez, Gloucester’s very own Russell Haines and Lady Bathurst, the High Sherriff of Gloucestershire. Judging will take place on the Saturday evening. The best of the entries will be showcased in an exhibition throughout August.

Mhairi Smith, Event Director at Marketing Gloucester said: “We are thrilled to be showcasing Gloucester’s dynamic art scene in this new and exciting event. We are keen for anyone with an interest in art to get in touch with us and to get involved.”

Visitors in Gloucester over the weekend will be able to watch the artists’ work take shape over the course of the Saturday, but that’s not all. Free classes in painting, caricature art and origami will be available for people of all ages to try on both days. There will also be demonstrations in chainsaw wood-carving entertainment and giant street art being created in King’s Square.

Art In The City has been made possible with the support of WSP Solicitors, Listers Toyota, King’s Walk Shopping Centre, Eastgate Shopping Centre and Hype Street Art.

If you are an artist and wish to register for Art In The City competition or to find out more information on free art classes and other activities, visit www.artinthecity.org.uk