Art in the city this year is about PARTICIPATION! There really is something for everyone !

Enter one of our fantastic FREE competitions to stand a chance to win £1000
Paint a view of Gloucester on Saturday14th July in one of our 3 painting zones Gloucester Docks – Outside Mariners Church , Inside and outside St John’s Church , Northgate St and outside Gloucester Cathedral in the beautiful new landscaped spaces

Don’t worry there will be people there to help you if you have never painted outside before , we have a professional artist in each zone showing how they would do it and offering help and advice all day.There will also be volunteers on hand to give away our FREE family painting packs in each zone so all the family can join in

Register NOW to secure you place and your free family pack

There will also be art exhibitions around the city (including the fantastic Jack Russell MBE who will be showing his work and chatting at St Michael’s Tower)  art and craft workshops and demonstrations, an art and craft market on Gloucester Cross and an Art and Craft fair and Wildlife exhibition outside at Kimbrose Triangle courtesy of The Barn Owl Centre. Wether you are a professional artist , an amateur painter or a family looking for a day out we have something for everyone !

Plein Air Competition 2018

Whether it’s iconic landmarks such as the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, the picturesque Victorian Docks, or street scenes of everyday life, artists will be competing in this exciting event for all to see.

The finished pieces will be displayed in an exhibition with judges awarding prizes to the best work for each category. Contestants’ artwork will be judged by the panel on the evening of Saturday 14 July 2018. The judges will be looking at which artworks best capture the spirit of the city.

Sign up now and maybe you will be this years £1000 winner !

Open Art Competition 2018

Anybody can enter this competition and each artists can submit up to 3 entries, as long as they have been completed within the last 3 years. The pieces can be any theme or medium and all submissions will be displayed in a location TBC.*

Sign up now to be the 1st winner of this new competition and its £1000 1st prize

*Submissions must be no larger than 1 Metre x 1 Metre

Family Painting Competition

ALL NEW FOR 2018 – Family Category

An exciting new category will be introduced to this year’s Art In The City. The family category invites families to participate in the creation of a piece of art, contestants can either create one piece between the whole family or each individual family member can create their own piece and the pieces will be judged collectively. There will be prizes for the 10 best entries. Sign up now to receive a free family painting pack to be used on the day.



Plein Air

  • Winner £1000
  • Runner up £500
  • Student £250
  • Family 10 Prizes


Open Art Competition

  • Winner £1000
  • Runner Up £500
  • Student £250

Total Prize Fund £3500

The Judging Panel


P J Crook | Artist
Visit pjcrook.com

Swarez | Artist
Visit swarez.co.uk

Russell Haines | Artist
Visit russellhaines.co.uk

Richard Parker Crook | Artist

Sponsor’s Judge
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