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Welcome to Art Couture Painswick

We are a charitable organisation that exists to promote joy, excellence and innovation in art by challenging interpretation of the human body as a canvas for creativity, unconstrained by age or experience.

Entry details are now available for 2014. Online entry application is open now. Please visit the Entrants Page to see the Themes for 2014, and for advice about how to design a winning work of wearable art, and to enter the competiton. Click here to see images and a full catalogue of 2013 entries.

Body Art entry is now open. Please visit the Entrants Page for details and a link to the application form.

DISCOUNTED ENTRY RATE £10.00 (£5.00 for College Students) UNTIL MIDNIGHT, 30 APRIL. Entry numbers are limited, so get your form in now!!

LATEST VIDEO by McPherson Stevens - click here to view.


Read here what entering (and winning) Art Couture Painswick meant to Sophie Withers.

Art Couture Painswick has just opened its new gallery space in the Painswick Centre. Drop by to see a rotating exhibition of works of art from the festival competitions, as well as events and activities. Opening hours are currently 11:00- 16:30, Thursday to Sunday.


Gardiner Room Painswick Centre

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Category Prize level Designer Title of Artwork Sponsored by
Independent Designer/Artist First Ali Heath Eggciting Moulton Haus
Independent Designer/Artist Second Charlotte Appleby and Andy Carlisle Electrically Enchanting Art Couture Painswick
Independent Designer/Artist Third Emma Fay Time Piece Superdry
Open over 18 First Jane Allen Vamp Talking Tables
Open over 18 Second Jessica Sayce Recycle Your Style Fiery Beacon Gallery
Open over 18 Third Kate Michelle Watling Regal Collar Superdry
Open 12-17 First Kesia Violet You Are Here Silkwood Chairs
Open 12-17 Second Hope Hanni Eva Angel Breath Art Couture Painswick
Open 12-17 Third Meredith Adams No More Twist Superdry
Open under 12 First Cara Dougherty & Helena Gardner Growing Up Elgar Publishing
Open under 12 Second Freya Roe Perfect World Elgar Publishing
Open under 12 Third Florence Priestley Wilting Rose Art Couture
College Student First Sophie Withers Beautiful People Robinson Associates
College Student Second Abigail Garbett A Lifetime in Budapest Newman Fine Art
College Student Third Florence Grellier Depth of Perception Superdry
Head Gear over 18 First MissFire
Clare Robertson
Environment: Stable Blushes Salon
Head Gear 12-17 First Lettie Robinson Fashion City Blushes Salon
Head Gear under 12 First Sam McCormach The Repetitive Man Blushes Salon
Body Art First Cat Finlayson Victorian Magic Man Brewin Dolphin
Body Art Second Mel Broom The Dark Magic Guardian Brewin Dolphin
Body Art Third Helen Eyre The Butterfly Fairy Brewin Dolphin
Simply the Best Trophy Kesia Violet You Are Here Renishaw
Ahead of the Rest Trophy MissFire
Clare Robertson
Environment: Stable Boon & Lane
Most Innovative Use of Recycled Materials Trophy Kate Goodhead Don't Throw It Away Good Energy
The People's Prize   Kesia Violet You Are Here Art Couture Painswick

Here are the fine musicians and performers who appeared at the 2013 festival.



Lancaster and Hurricane

It was an amazing day! The weather was glorious hot sunshine - just right for sitting in the churchyard with a drink and a view of the stage. Then a wander through the streets, meeting weirdly dressed people, taking photos, finding out more about the astonishing skill and innovation in creating their costumes, and then browsing the stalls for some unique finds: vintage, crafts, produce, ice creams, cakes, fabulous food. And the occasional surprise from a statue that just moved.

At 2:50, prompt, the Battle of Britain memorial flight, consisting of a ludicrously low-flying Lancaster and a Hurricane trailing it from what looked like a few centimetres. They flew over three times to everyone's delight.

Then back to the sight of Keith Allen in Speedos introducing contestants who looked weirder than he did! And finally the Body Art, in all their splendour.

The prize-giving showed that the judges had spent their time agonising over their choices, and the stakes were high. The winners will be displayed very soon in our gallery, together with shots of every entrant and their details.

Coming very soon - video and more photo coverage. Please watch this space.

Good Energy Trophy Body Painting Eggs and Feathers