Victoria Rees

26th April – 1st May 2017

Massive textile designs, impromptu Jazz portraits, unique Festival designs.


  • As part of an exciting new collaboration with the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, from 26th April – 1st May, the Gardens Gallery in Montpellier is delighted to be hosting fine artist and textile designer Victoria Rees for her show ‘Art, textiles and all that Jazz‘. This will be a rare opportunity to see the creative journey of an artist who has worked intensely with some of the world’s most respected musicians.


  • A Royal Academy of Art’s scholar, Victoria has an impressive resumé and her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, the National Portrait Gallery, the Aberdeen city gallery and in the Ruth Borchard show at Piano Nobile London. Her work is also featured in various private & public collections.


  • Years of painting and drawing directly in front of musicians has allowed Victoria, through her work, to form an exciting alliance between fine art, music and textiles. All the patterns and designs found within her textiles have been taken from the images she creates during these live sessions in front of a list of performers that has ranged from alternative rock band Jesus Jones to cellist Stephen Isserlis and an opera production of Eugene Onegin directed by Michael Boyd and designed by Tom Piper, to name but a few.


  • In 2016 Victoria’s ‘Cunning Little Vixen’ wall hanging, created for a production of Janacek’s opera at Garsington, was exhibited in The Silk Museum, Lebanon and the International Opera Awards commissioned her to design a unique “Aria ”stole. We are therefore delighted to announce that she will be designing our very own pocket square in celebration of this year’s Jazz Festival and this will be on sale at her exhibition alongside drawings that will be hung as she does them, over the course of the week’s performances, and a collection of her paintings and textiles.
  • Open daily 10am – 6pm
  •  To find out more about Victoria Rees’s work:

Facebook: Victoria Rees Textiles & Victoria Rees Artist

Instagram: vr_victoriarees

twitter: @ToryRees

About Cheltenham Jazz Festival

  • The 2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from April 26th – May 1st and is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, featuring a Big Top stage, Pizza Express Live Arena, food stalls and Family Tent with Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Ladies’ College Parabola Arts Centre, Hotel du Vin and Daffodil venues all within short walking distance of the Festival site. The Festival will also feature around 90 free gigs and pop-up performances in the town’s streets and bars.
  • Featuring Chick Corea, Gregory Porter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Laura Mvula, Ben Folds & Jamie Cullum, Will Young, Snarky Puppy, Jack Savoretti, Robert Cray, Kansas Smittys, Paul Carrack, Eric Bibb, Mica Paris, Booker T Jones and many more.