This year we have lots of professional artists taking part in Art in the City. Some putting on exhibitions of their work in venues across the city and others giving demonstrations and workshops
Any artists or crafters  who wish to take part in Art in the City whether it be a solo exhibition , to be part of a group exhibition or to hire a stand at our art fair please get in touch

Jack Russell

International cricketer Jack Russell MBE has been a professional Artist for nearly 30 years. Self- taught, he decided to become a painter as a result of frustration at being stuck inside cricket pavilions when “rain stopped play”.

Jack paints a wide range of subjects. From landscapes, wildlife, military, portraits and sport. His paintings hang in public and private collections worldwide, from the Tower of London to The Bradman Museum in Bowral Australia. Sittings for his portrait paintings have included HRH Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Duke of Kent, ten Field Marshals of the British Army, Sir Norman Wisdom, Eric Sykes, and Eric Clapton. Sporting icons include Sir Bobby Charlton, Dickie Bird and Phil Taylor.

Jack’s cricketing pictures are legendary. He spent over 20 years in the thick of cricketing action for both Gloucestershire and England. Whether it’s a Test match or County match who could be more qualified to paint a cricketing scene? He knows the atmosphere and the technical detail of a cricket match inside out. After all, many of the cricket scenes he paints, he’s in them!

Come and meet Jack and see some of his fantastic work on the 14th and 15th of July at St Michael’s Tower in the centre of Gloucester

PJ Crook

Pj Crook is an internationally respected artist with work in collections around the world.

“Well, I was born in Cheltenham, though lived in London for a few years, and then moved back here for several more, before moving to Weston-super-Mare and then finally settling in Bishops Cleeve in 1980.
I am a painter of grotesque crowds, rendered in strongly coloured acrylic and work from a studio opposite my home. I also have a studio here in Bishops Cleeve – for working in the early hours or in my pyjamas!
I’ve been an artist for approximately 35 years, having started my studies at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, which later became the University of Gloucestershire. I still have a close relationship with the institution and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Art three or four years ago.
My paintings are figurative, narrative and mainly concerned with the human condition; often the relationship between two or three figures and the interior in which they exist; layered with time, although seemingly held at one moment.
More recently, my work has often been filled with crowds focusing on the individual’s dilemma within it and the urban environment.
The paintings always continue over and around the frames, which are turned and cut to my design. They are an integral part of the work and represent my attempt to entice the viewer into the painting and the stories therein.”

PJ is head judge of our Plein Air and Open competitions and you will be able to see one of her paintings in Debenhams in Kings Sq

Richard Parker Crook

Richard studied at Preston School of Art, Winchester School of Art and Leeds school of Art His work has been shown internationally and is in collections around the world “Richard’s work, as an architectural painter is superb.” Robert Thripp
He is  married to painter PJ Crook and lives and works outside Cheltenham
Richard is one of the judges of our Plein Air and Open competitions and you can see one of his beautiful paintings in Debenhams

Jem Bowden

Jem Bowden is an award winning watercolour landscape artist who paints in a fresh and direct, ‘impressionistic’ way.
Painting outdoors in the landscape is central to his practice.Jem gives demonstrations and runs workshops at art societies, clubs and teaching centres around the UK,tutors on residential painting holidays and contributes to Leisure Painter magazine. He also authored the Watercolour Diploma for London Art College.
You can see many examples of his work plus his blog and details of courses at
Come and join Jem on the 14th July when he will be painting , encouraging and advising outside Gloucester Cathedral in one of our painting zones


Angie Spencer

Angie Spencer was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1959 and has lived in the South West of England since 1984. She has a studio in Stroud.

She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Gloucestershire in 2004. After working as a printmaker for a few years she returned to oil painting.  Angie exhibits her work regularly, and has sold nationally and internationally.

‘I am inspired to paint landscapes and love taking the easel outside to paint plein-air. There are always surprises in way the landscape responds to light which are fascinating to observe and try to catch. There are always colours which one would not have imagined.Working in the studio involves a more introspective process, drawing on experiences and feelings. Often in this setting I respond to classical music which, as a classical violinist, plays a very important role in my life’

Angie will be our pro artist in our Gloucester Docks painting zone ,come and join Angie and paint a view of the docks register free now for your place

Trudi Hayden

Trudi’s paintings stem from her deep love of the countryside. Living in the village of Alderton on the edge of the Cotswolds, she finds new scenes to paint daily while on wanderings with her dog.Some places create an impact upon the observer, and for Trudi, the show that nature provides is the key to making her stop and stare.It is these fleeting observations of light, shade, season and atmosphere that she attempts to capture in her paintings. She invites the viewer to take a moment to absorb the mood of each piece, and imagine gentle winds or the feel of warm sunshine…
Trudi is self-taught, specialising in the versatility of acrylic paint. She has been a professional artist since 2007. She has exhibited extensively around the Cotswolds and South West, including the Royal West of England Academy. Her work is in collections overseas and across the UK

Jackie Garner

“Wildlife artist, Jackie Garner”… I’ve been painting wildlife and the natural world for over 30 years. I originally trained at Medway College of Design, before becoming the part-time education officer at Gloucestershire’s Nature in Art. That role allowed me to indulge my love of wildlife art, and I was inspired – and taught – by some of the great British wildlife artists – Robert Gillmor, Peter Partington, Bruce Pearson, Greg Poole… Before I knew it my metamorphosis from a “naturalist interested in art” to an “artist interested in nature” was complete.

Some of Jackie’s amazing wildlife paintings will be on show in Debenhams in Kings Sq

Kieth Gage

Keith  studied art, illustration and typrography at Gloucester College of Art from 1956 to 1961 and also studied weaving and textiles for 2 years at Gloscat. He has been a professional artist/illustrator since 1961 and was elected  to full membership of S.I.A.D. in 1964.Keith has travelled extensively in South East Asia and Spain during the last 25 years. Keith retired from the commercial world of illustration 7 years ago and has subsequently become absorbed in fine art printmaking and gouache watercolour painting .Keith specialises in s mall editions of hand printed etchings, block prints and mixed techniques e.g. collagraph with overprinted drypoint, saline sulphate etching and mezzotint.

Sue Gage

Sue originally trained as a  technical illustrator in the aircraft industry in Cheltenham.For many years her preferred medium has been watercolour but she now also works in acrylics, oils and pastels.Her work also includes drypoint etching and lino and wood cuts which she  prints herself using oil based printing inks.Sue enjoys wood carving-mostly birds and other wildlife using a variety of wood ,either painting with acrylic paints or leaving the wood in it’s natural state.
Her inspiration comes mainly from locations she has visited when pursuing her favourite recreational  pastimes of hill walking and cycling both in the UK and overseas in South East Asia and Spain.

Paul Hobbs

Punctuated with both humour and pathos, Paul Hobbs’ work engages a wide range of materials to wrestle with questions of human value, dignity and faith. Familiar images are collaged together to make disturbing and yet frequently amusing juxtapositions. Some literally become visual puzzles. Hidden in the layers of paint, collage and assorted objects, metaphors and associations abound, laying out stories with multiple meanings.

Drawing on topical news and social debate, Paul’s background in Sociology and his Christian faith, this work tries to come to terms with a world of great opportunity and yet great suffering, a place where even one’s best intentions can become distorted, or diluted by more pressing local activity.

Paul will be exhibiting at St Nicholas Church in Westgate St

Tony Marriot

Tony is a full-time, professional, Gloucester-based caricature artist and has entertained around the country at various events and also supplied caricatures direct to customer’s doors. So, If you’re looking for some ‘laugh-out-loud’ entertainment for your special event or a fun, personalised gift drawn from your photos, Ton’s the man to see! Weddings, Corporate Events, Tradeshows, Work parties, Birthdays, Graduations, Anniversaries, Retirements, Christmas, you name it!

Gerald Crittle

I paint in mixed media; this includes a wide range of materials to create texture and unusual patterns. I enjoy experimenting with different materials to create unique and interesting paintings.

My paintings are not pre-planned, I start by applying texture and layers of paint and from this shapes appear that become the focus of the work and determine the final colours.

Geralds work can be seen in the Debenhams group exhibition

Odyssey Project

Participants on the Art Shape Odyssey project have produced a fantastic touring exhibition that can be seen at Gloucester Guildhall and members work can also be seen at our Debenhams group exhibition

Online students and studio participants worked incredibly hard to produce some fantastic work on the theme of Odyssey
“Amazing – so inspiring, inventive, original and thought provoking…well done!”
The work created was exhibited throughout the county appearing in St Nicholas’ Church Gloucester, The Roses Theatre  Tewkesbury, Hardwick Gallery  Cheltenham  and  finally  The Wilson  in Cheltenham.  Originally  envisaged as a touring exhibition , each site contained new work as the participant’s work developed and flourished.

Gary Fell

I am a 2:1 Honours Degree (Fine Art Printmaking) Graduate from the University of Gloucestershire with a City & Guilds Certificate in Further Education Teaching, with 35 years experience.

I teach weekly art classes at the West Dean Centre in Bream, privately, as well as one day workshops from my own studio; where most days you will find me painting or printing or just creating.

My aim is to develop and enhance the skills, experience and interest of those that I teach, to encourage individual projects in the pursuit of ones own style and creative aspirations. I teach solid basic skills and techniques across a wide range of medium and subject matter from traditional to contemporary art.