Art in the City – Local Post

Gloucester was transformed into a hub of creativity and innovation this past weekend, when more than 400 artists descended upon the city to paint, sculpt and draw live in its streets as part of Art in the City, a brand new event organized by Marketing Gloucester.

There was a plethora of free classes and demonstrations throughout the two days, from chainsaw carving and stone carving to large upside down speed painting and giant chalk street art – not forgetting live street art/graffiti in King’s Square.


Highlights included Rob Beckinsale’s chainsaw carving demonstration and Jon Hicks’ giant speed painting session, in which Jon executed a clever portrait of Elvis with style, attitude and immaculate timing to music.

What’s more, I managed to leave my own mark on the city; Chalk street art company Urban Canvas had laid down the outline of some large-scale critters outside of Gloucester Guildhall which any and all passers-by were invited to colour in – and, of course, I got involved!

Art in the City was just one of many events organized by Marketing Gloucester as part of SoMAC, Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts & Culture. Local residents and visitors alike can look forward to SportBeat Festival and Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday Treasure Trail in August.


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