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You can see many more images at this link, and buy studio photographs from Anne-Marie Randall.

The images and videos on this page give a flavour of just how amazing this year's Festival was.

What else are these artists and photographers working on now?

Artists in our show have worked on several commercial projects recently.

As you can see, photography isn't just for fun weekend projects. Our photographers make their living every day with these skills. That's why we encourage youth groups to learn photography with us. It can be just as important (or maybe even more important) than any other class they take in school.

Welcome to Art Couture Painswick

Entry details are now available for 2014. Online entry application will open very soon. Please visit the Entrants Page to see the Themes for 2014, and for advice about how to design a winning work of wearable art.

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 10:00 - 17:00, Thursday to Sunday.

Announcing our first Workshop! 'Fascinating Fascinators' offered by Art Couture Painswick in conjunction with The British School of Millinery

Friday September 27th 10am – 5pm in the Green Room, Painswick Centre, Bisley St, Painswick GL6 6QQ

Only a few places left! Contact us if you want to join this fabulous workshop.


Gardiner Room Painswick Centre

The images on the left are from the Studio portraits of all contestants, taken by Anne-Marie Randall. You can view all her images of the day and buy copies of the photographs at this link.


Simply the Best trophy

Kesia Violet, winner of 'Simply the Best' innovation trophy and her model wearing 'You Are Here' (made entirely of maps) which also won First Prize in the Open 12-17 Category as well as The People's Prize. She is seen here with Chris Pockett from Renishaw who sponsored the magnificent trophy, designed by Lionel Dean. Kesia Violet is a professional fabric designer, focusing on pressure stockings and compression socks for women.
(Photo Stroud News & Journal)

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 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 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 Art Couture Painswick

Here are the fine musicians and performers who are appearing at this year's 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