Call to Artists – Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017


The Gardens Gallery and Cheltenham Literature Festival

Open Art Exhibition

This year, Gardens Gallery is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a venue showcasing the work of artists living and working in the area. To mark the occasion, we have joined together with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to host an open art exhibition that will run for the duration of this year’s festival from Tuesday 5th October to Tuesday 17 October. (Literature Festival Dates are 6 -15 October)
We are inviting submissions from:
  • any artist who has previously shown at the gallery
  • artists who are Members of the Gardens Gallery Community Interest Company:
                    Cheltenham Open Studios
                    Cheltenham School of Fine Art
                    Cheltenham Art Club
                    Cotswold Art Club
                    Cheltenham Group of Artists
  • artists aged between 16 and 21 years
We welcome all forms of visual art, both 2D and 3D – from painting, sculpture, photography and textiles through to ceramics, glass, mosaics and digital art. The deadline for submissions is midnight on 30th July 2017.
A panel of art professionals, a representative of the Literature Festival team and an art-loving member of the public will select the work that best represents our theme:

Cheltenham: who do we think we are ?

You can submit a maximum of two works, for FREE. Selection will be limited to one piece per person.
To help cover costs, selected artists will be required to pay a hanging fee of £25. There will be a 15% commission taken on any sales made. The initial submission will be by email attaching image(s) of the work(s).
We want to encourage young artists between 16 and 25 to apply and will recognise them in the Awards we are planning: please encourage these entries from within Gloucestershire ; we will charge 50% of normal fees for these entries.
For more information about submitting works or about the competition, please email: 
A registration form can be downloaded here: GG Art Registration Form(pdf) or here: GG_Art_Registration_Form(Word)




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 for a history of the gardens and 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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