Close Encounters

Michael Paul

31 July – 6 August 2013

  • Following the success of his first exhibition in 2012, Cheltenham based artist Michael Paul is set to showcase 30 new paintings in a collection entitled ‘Close Encounters’.


  • The paintings focus on the curious connections between the subjects – Michael is fascinated by fleeting moments, during which essences of relationships can be captured. Which paintings depict the heads-together sort of closeness chosen by friends? Which depict a closeness that has been foisted upon strangers?


  • “Each painting is really a stolen moment,” Michael says. “In the same way photo journalism captures meaning in one precious instant, each painting nods to a back story, told with a snatched moment in time.”


  • Michael has been drawing, sketching and painting in watercolour for much of his life – but it has only been in the last few years he has favoured oil as his medium. Last year’s exhibition, Sideways Glances, was a hit with Cheltonians and so Michael hopes to draw people back for more.


  • “I am hoping these new paintings will again give visitors something to think about,” he says. “The location settings range from the Cotswolds to London, Sicily, Edinburgh, Spain and France, but the common theme is the private moment, the body language. I hope that this will strike a chord and intrigue a little.



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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.

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 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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