Art Playground Cheltenham: Business Start Up

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Please DO touch the artwork!

This weekend we did our second half term craft workshop, quieter than Tuesday’s, but between the two workshops we had over 400 people which beats the Christmas total. We’re part way through the window display and will share some pictures as soon as it’s done.

In the meantime, we’ve launched an interactive art competition, which is open to both student and professional artists. We’ll be creating an exhibition from the successful submissions and you will be able to interact or engage with every piece in some way.

Call for entries

“Please DO touch the artwork”

Interactive Artwork for public exhibition

The Art Playground exhibition will take place at The Brewery, Cheltenham, 22 May -7 June 2014.

We are inviting work by artists, both student and professional, using any medium. Submissions should explain how the art work will be interactive and how the public can engage with it. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage curiosity and creativity in adults and children alike. We will accept both proposals and finished work.

As well as £500 for the judges’ choice award, participating artists will be invited to a private view and networking event and have the opportunity to share further information about their work within the venue and in the exhibition print and web pages. We will also be hosting workshops and a ‘meet the artist’ event.

The judging panel will include Niki Whitfield, project manager of Cheltenham Open Studios, Arabella Kiszely, owner of Little Buckland Gallery, Liha Okunniwa of The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Demelsa Coleman, Marketing and Communications Manager of The Brewery. They will be joined by arts, marketing and design professionals from Gloucestershire and further afield.

The Art Playground directors are currently working to set up a permanent arts venue with a focus on interactive art and will be looking to commission work and host artists. We are keen to make contact with artists interested in engaging with this process through the competition. We believe that Art Playground will be an exciting opportunity for artists as well as an engaging space for the public.

For enquiries or a submission form please contact Christina Poulton via our email address- we are artplaygroundchelt[at]  or find Art Playground Cheltenham on Facebook or Twitter. 

To apply please complete the submission form and return it to us with the admin fee by 5pm on Monday 14th April 2014

We look forward to hearing from you.

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All about the bugs and butterflies

In preparation for our free half term recycled craft workshops, I have been testing out some ideas, bulk buying pipe cleaners and collecting other people’s recycling to make bugs and butterflies with. Here’s a little sneak preview. You can make spring themed 3D cards or a caterpillar friend.

bugs and butterflies made from recycled bottle tops, egg boxes, sheet music and maps

The Brewery are very kindly hosting us again and to top it all off, their lovely designer Cathy has designed a rather fetching Facebook cover, Twitter header and web banner so we are looking rather slick in social media land.
As last time, the workshops are free and drop in, for all ages so we’d love to see you there.

Free recycled craft workshops at The Brewery, Cheltenham, 18 and 22 Feb 12-4pm