2nd – 7th May | Rupert Aker | Cheltenham and all that Jazz!

If you love your art in 9/8, then come on down to the Gardens Gallery during this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Featuring the work of artist Rupert Aker, Cheltenham and all that Jazis a fusion of sound, vision and infotainment, offering a free-form tour of Cheltenham – it’s iconic architecture and Jazz festival venues – through the medium of oil paintings.


The collection of over fifty paintings (many painted exclusively for this exhibition) also celebrates the area’s indigenous Jazz scene, from Cheltenham’s Victory Club and the Everyman Studio Theatre to rural locations like the Crown and Trumpet in Broadway and Whatley Manor.


Running from the 2nd to 7th May, Rupert will be painting live in the gallery daily, demonstrating his loose, improvised palette-knife techniques and use of vibrant, staccato, sometimes syncopated colour. 


“ My paintings will use a vibrant palette with loose, expressive palette knife strokes. This will complement the jazz festival theme and hopefully enhance the festival going experience through art, music and information” – Rupert Aker


Website: http://www.rupertaker.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rupertakerartist/





The Gardens were originally developed in the early 1800's and its centrepiece is the Bandstand.

Facing the Bandstand is the Proscenium Building where we now have our Gallery.

Follow https://tinyurl.com/MontpellierGardens for a history of the gardens and https://www.facebook.com/MontpellierGardens/about for information about Friends of the Bandstand and Gardens(FOMBAG).


  1. There is wheelchair access to the gallery from the path between the tennis courts and the gallery.
  2. For exhibitors delivering their work, there is a locked bollard to be removed at the gardens entrance. See link below for details.
  3. Unfortunately, there is no disabled parking in the gardens.
  4. Exhibitors should take care to design their exhibition layout with wheelchair use in mind.

For full information about accessibility, please follow this link:


 Typical annual foot-fall is 22000.

If we take out the impact of Festivals then the weekly average is 400 per week.

This varies according to the variables of weather, social media, networking, number of artists, and the appeal of the Exhibition


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