Cheltenham Open Studios - welcome to the visual arts
This is your portal to the visual arts in Cheltenham and its surrounds. It is set to become the definitive directory of artists working in the area and details all upcoming shows, workshops and events. To find out what’s going on over the coming months, visit our Calendar. If you’re an artist then why not sign up and join in.
Art has the power to transform impersonal, sterile environments into engaging and absorbing spaces. This is particularly true in hospitals, where art can have a positive effect on patients, staff and visitors.
Cheltenham Open Studios is a not-for-profit association of artists seeking to engage local people with the art being created on their doorstep. As advocates for visual art, we are committed to ensuring that spending cuts don’t mean art disappears completely from our hospitals’ walls.
Among the festival event highlights, taking place in Cheltenham this year, is COS13. This biennial celebration of the visual art being made in the area has become an important part of the cultural landscape for artists and art lovers alike. When it started, in 2001, just 46 artists took part; in 2011, the last time the event was staged, over 10,000 people visited the studios, workrooms and exhibition spaces of over 200 artists working in Cheltenham and its surrounds. And this year’s event should be even better.
As we start to plan for our Open Studios event next year we have great pleasure in announcing that the COS13 registration packs are now available.
We are working on some really exciting things that we hope will give even more opportunities to engage local people with the amazing art being created in the area.
As well as a small exhibition in the Town Hall, Spa Well including some artists books and journals other COS members are busy at work onsite.
Town Hall, Spa Well exhibtion from Sunday 7
COS Sculptor Natasha Houseago will be carving a totem, in green local wood, to mark this year’s Festival. Visitors can view the entire process — from initial working drawings to finished scorched and coloured sculpture — in Montpellier Gardens (weather permitting).
Sunday 7 October 6th October, 10am-5pm, and 7th October, 10am-1.30pm