COS13, A festival in all but name (8 - 16 June 2013)

COS13, A festival in all but name (8 - 16 June 2013)

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.

COS13 will link together 77 different exhibition venues. For the uninitiated, the event is about getting up close and personal with the work being made locally. You can talk with the artists, watch them at work or be inspired to have a go in one of a range of hands-on workshops. It offers anyone interested in art first-hand insight into the creative process. It’s also a great way to pick up some beautiful original art at affordable prices, direct from the artist.

Organised by artist-run association, this is the eighth such celebration of the visual art being made in the area. Focused on the centre of Cheltenham the art trail radiates out as far as Twyning and Broadway, in the North, Stow, in the East, Elkstone, to the South, and Longlevens, to the West. Free, colour, art-trail guides will be available from Cheltenham Tourist Information office and distributed throughout Gloucestershire from the middle of May.