Michael Paul



29 MARCH – 3 APRIL 2012


  • Cheltenham artist and retired architect Michael Paul swapped his drawing board and set square for an easel and oil paints around two years ago.


  • Embarking upon an art access course at Stroud College, he uncovered a remarkable artistic talent and is now a prolific painter.


  • Michael’s ‘Sideways Glances’ Exhibition at the Gardens Gallery of around 35 paintings will showcase his best work.


  • The collection uses the streets of Cheltenham, London, Edinburg, Paris and Sicily to provide fascinating backdrops to the mysterious subjects, captured in ‘freeze frame moments’.


  • Almost every painting allows the viewer to make their own judgements on what is really happening.  In doing so, they will complete the story as to whether the painting shows furtive glances between strangers, or sullen silence between old friends.


  • ‘Not everything is spelled out,’ says Michael.  ‘It is my intention to allow people to make their own judgements as one person’s idea of what is going on will be quite different from another.  I do hope visitors to the Gallery will enjoy putting their interpretation on the story behind my work.’

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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 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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