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Gearing up for Paint-off
IT’S paintbrushes at the ready as Salisbury gears up for the fourth annual paint-off event.
The event has grown so much in popularity over the four years it has been running that this year it moves to its biggest venue yet, The Cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral.
The paint-off is an opportunity for artists of all ages and abilities to get together and inspire each other to embrace creativity.
Despite its title, the day encourages all art forms, from photography and sculpture to knitting and collage.
Those taking part can either see it as a challenge and work within a five-hour time frame to create a finished piece from scratch in one day, or they can bring along a piece of work in progress and use the day to finish it off.
Due to the layout of the Cloisters, the canvases will be resting either against or on top of the stone seat that runs around the edge, so people are encouraged to bring an easel or preferred way of supporting a canvas if possible.
There will also be some large trestle tables on which work can be laid flat.
Entertainment will be provided at the event by live acoustic acts, and judges will then choose their favourite pieces of artwork.
Any artist who has taken part also has the option of entering their work into an auction being run by a professional auctioneer, to be held at 5.30pm in the Wren Hall.
Fifty per cent of the funds raised will go to the artist, with Plain Arts making a donation to The Unit youth project in Salisbury.
To take part, download an entry form from plainartssalisbury.co.uk and return it by September 8.
There are three price options: £10 for over 16s, £5 for under 16s and £8 for Plain Arts members.
Entry fee includes:
* A canvas (50x40cm approx).
* Access to acrylic paints, brushes, charcoal, glue and water pots (or feel free to bring your own preferred materials).
* A space in the Cloisters to work in.
What artists need to bring:
* Jars for water.
* Lots of newspaper (to avoid splashes on the cathedral).
* Small stool, fold-up chair or cushion for those sitting on the stone floor.
* Masking tape.
* Kitchen roll for spillages.
* Being in the Cloisters means artists will be out of the wind and the rain but also in the shade, so may want to bring something warm to wear.
The event will be near the café and those taking part in the day can make use of the cathedral facilities.
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