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Lamp posts shine in new art trail across Cheltenham town centre

PUBLISHED: 11:23 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 22 June 2017

Stickers on each lamp post guide people round the trail

Stickers on each lamp post guide people round the trail

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Have you spotted the new artwork adorning Cheltenham’s lamp posts?

New artwork has appeared across Cheltenham – and shoppers and visitors are being encouraged to make the most of the town centre by following the trail that has been created. The 10 pieces of art on show vary enormously but have one thing in common; they are all attached to lamp posts.

From a minimalist sculpture and refuse-sack ballgown to wrap-around graphic panels and spray-painted street art, these temporary installations have all been made by artists working locally.

They are helping to promote the 10th Cheltenham Open Studios event, COS17, where artists open their doors to the public to celebrate the visual art being made in the area.

The Lamp Post Trail, supported by Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID), starts in Montpellier and goes via The Promenade, The Wilson and The Brewery Quarter along the High Street to Grosvenor Terrace and The Strand.

BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “All the lamp posts are numbered and labelled, which will give everyone the chance to follow this fascinating trail around the town.

“We’re keen for people who are in Cheltenham for whatever reason to experience everything the town centre has to offer.”

Niki Whitfield, of Cheltenham Open Studios, and BID Ambassador Mimi Chasebi with the artwork on a lamp post outside the Municipal OfficesNiki Whitfield, of Cheltenham Open Studios, and BID Ambassador Mimi Chasebi with the artwork on a lamp post outside the Municipal Offices

Project manager Niki Whitfield said: “We are really grateful for the support of Cheltenham BID, Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council for giving us the opportunity to promote the COS17 art trail in such a fun and direct way. It’s always interesting to see art taken out of a gallery setting and onto the streets. We hope everyone visiting the town centre, this summer, will enjoy it.”

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