Cheltenham Paint Festival launches second fundraising campaign after losing Arts Council bid

After being turned down by Arts Council England for the second time, Cheltenham Paint Festival is seeking donations from the public once again to make sure the iconic event goes ahead in 2024.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Cheltenham Paint Festival's second fundraising campaign is seeking donations to secure the 2024 event after it was turned down for Arts Council funding.

Cheltenham Paint Festival is asking for donations to secure the future of the 2024 event after being turned down for Arts Council funding. 

The 2023 event was saved by the incredible generosity of the local community, raising £15,000 in under two days to ensure the festival could go ahead.

Cheltenham Paint Festival then went on to win Event of the Year at the Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2023.

Despite a visit from Arts Council England's south west director, Phil Gibby, after the hugely successful event, Cheltenham Paint Festival has been refused funding again, putting the annual festival at risk for the second year in a row. 

Founder Andy Dice Davies is now calling on local residents and businesses to dig deep and support the much-loved event to ensure it can run in 2024. 

He said he's already received over 500 applications from 50 different countries, with artists all over the world clamouring for a chance to be a part of the festival, which runs in July each year. BBC's The One Show is also due to be filming at the event this year, to highlight its positive community impact.

The campaign aims to raise £20,000, with special benefits for anyone who donates over £200 — including an invitation to the exclusive artist's after show party. 

For businesses keen to get involved, it's also offering headline sponsorship of Cheltenham Paint Festival 2024 for £15,000. 

Donations can be made to the appeal via GoFundMe. 

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