Worcester Paint Festival Director Kate Cox explains how the idea came about and her hopes for the two-day event on September 18-19
“I have always traveled to different parts of the world and searched for different street art and graffiti… and I always thought that Worcester could do something; there are a lot of gray walls here.
“About four years ago I went to the Cheltenham Paint Festival… and realized we could probably do the same here in Worcester, and here we are now!
Will there be permanent works of art in the city?
“Yes. Part of our mission is to look for a minimum 12 month retention, especially the larger pieces. In Cheltenham they ended up standing almost indefinitely – they are almost struggling to find places now, they have so many beautiful pieces. Hope we come to the same level!
What can you tell us about the artists who will be exhibiting?
“We put together a really eclectic mix. There are ten well known names on the scene, and 15 local and emerging artists, and we featured a lot of artists from Worcester, it was really important for me to represent the city.
“The styles really vary, from photorealism to art and design / art nouveau style, obviously old graffiti with stylized letters, lots of abstract designs, geometric patterns.
“There are a lot of influences on flora and fauna – there is a real mix. We’ve done some teasers before – they were all in the communities, they were 100% well received.
“We had amazing residents who came to bring a cup of tea to the artists when they were working. I really hope most people will like the fact that these are beautiful works of art
which turns some gray walls.
There has been a historical debate between whether graffiti is art or vandalism. Does the fact that we are organizing a painting festival suggest that the debate is won?
“Not quite, I don’t think so. One of the goals of the Worcester Paint Festival is to educate people about this amazing art form. I don’t think everyone fully understands the cultural significance, the hard work, and the graft that has collapsed.
“He has such a rich history.
“One of the things that is important is having a free wall in the city, so that budding artists can create something legally… we will end up with better pieces. You thus reduce the vandalism aspect. Cheltenham found vandalism to be reduced.
What advice would you give to young artists in the city who would like to see their own work?
presented in the city one day?
“The main thing is always to keep pushing with your own works of art. Getting a profile, with social media now Instagram is a great way to showcase your own artwork, it’s a great portfolio site.
“Keep pushing, never give up. For aspiring graffiti artists, a beautiful legal wall is something we really need, so if anyone wants to donate a beautiful legal wall that artists can safely come and paint, so do it.
Likewise, if anyone wants to contact us online or through our social media @worcesterpaintfestival, maybe we can do something to help review the work of new and emerging artists, and if anyone has a wall. white, he would like to donate for future festival in the future, so please contact us.
The Worcester Paint Festival is funded by the Arts Council England, the Worcester City Council and the Elmley Foundation, as well as various independent local businesses, and will take place on Saturday and Sunday 18-19 September.