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Artists take to the streets of Cheltenham during summer residency

An exciting group of artists have taken up residency until 14 July at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham.

The artists’ collective of Fine Art degree and graduate students from the University of Gloucestershire has created O.W.N. – a project called Occupy Without Notice, which has at the heart of its manifesto the idea of occupying and experimenting with physical and virtual space.

Opening initially with a display of artworks from two previous projects from the University’s Hardwick Gallery in February and the Stroud SVA SITE Festival in May, the eclectic group have been engaging out and about on the streets of Cheltenham and engaging with the local community as well as making artworks in the gallery. The artists are updating their Instagram page @occupywithoutnotice to showcase their creative outputs on a daily basis.

“We will be bringing art to the street level, making art accessible and hopefully understandable,” says artist Lori Tebbett. “Many people don’t go to a museum or art gallery so some of what we will be doing is around town, on the streets of Cheltenham as well as making work in the gallery.”

The group welcome everyone to drop by and see what is happening at gallery, look out for them around Cheltenham or come along to the Private View at The Wilson’s second floor gallery on Clarence St, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT on Thursday, 4 July from 6 – 8pm which is free for all to attend.

The artists are:

Rob Mackie – installation artist and painter – painting in the streets
Alan Snodden – 3D artist and painter  – drawing in the streets
Lauren Clark – P J Crook Prize Winner at this year’s Degree Show – architectural drawing and animation – working in the gallery
Richard Kirkby – painter and filmmaker
Taylor-Jane Allen – street photographer
Amy Hannett – graffiti artist – making in the gallery
Lori Tebbutt – installation artist – book-making related activities in the gallery)
Ellie Bell – mixed-media drawing

The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum is run by The Cheltenham Trust, which manages Cheltenham’s cultural and leisure portfolio which also includes Leisure at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room and the Prince of Wales Stadium.

For more information about the programme of exhibitions and events at The Wilson, visit

www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk/

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Editors notes:

The Cheltenham Trust was established in 2014 and is an independent organisation focused on developing Cheltenham’s culture and leisure offer through community engagement, sustainable investment and social enterprise.

The Trust’s venues attract almost one million visitors its historic and contemporary facilities including The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room, Leisure at Cheltenham and the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Teams provide a range of outreach services across sport, play and arts development that offer learning opportunities for all.

www.cheltenhamtrust.org.uk

Contact:

Communications and Insights Managers   Rachel Jones/Claire McGill (job-share)

T:01242 387454          M: 07769 935135

E: rachel.j.jones@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk or claire.mcgill@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk

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