Meet the artists, view their work, learn about their practice.

Meet the artists, view their work, learn about their practice.

Original Art Made Here Among the festival event highlights taking place in Cheltenham this year is COS15. 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. Our ninth such celebration of the visual art being made here links together 65 different exhibition venues, where you can meet the artists, view their work, learn about their practice and even have a go yourself. Artist PJ Crook, said: “This inspirational biennial event gives the people of Gloucestershire the rare opportunity to take a glimpse at that intriguing relationship between heart, head, hand, and eye that forms the creative process and the diverse environments in which it occurs. For so many artists to open their studios or gather together to show the fruits of their labour all at one time, is a most glorious celebration of the visual arts.”

The Wilson (venue 20) will also be hosting a range of hands-on workshops, talks and artist demonstrations throughout the event, plus a free after-school workshop designed to encourage the next generation of talent, run in association with local social enterprise Art Playground. Glenfall Primary School, Charlton Kings, (venue 38) will also host an all-age workshop day along with a number of practising artists on Saturday 13 June, for. Thanks to an award from the Gloucestershire County Council’s Children’s Activity Fund, anyone can come and have a go at willow weaving, textiles, printmaking and a host of other art activities for all the family to join in.

COS has also joined forces with the University of Gloucestershire,  (venues 16 & 17) who will be opening its Special Collections Archive for the event. There will be an exhibition of winners from the internationally recognised Cheltenham Illustration awards at Francis Close Chapel, plus a talk from John Randle of Whittington Press, who are also a participating venue this time, (venue 37)

10,000 have been printed and are being distributed throughout Gloucestershire, including at The Wilson or, download the guide or view online, by clicking here.