Children invited to ‘make a home’ for Art in the City

Sibling Distillery Art in the City returns to Gloucester next month (Saturday 20 July) with more to see and do than ever before. As well as the Plein Air and Open Art competitions, new for this year is an opportunity for children to be involved. ‘What Is A Home?’ is a community art installation by artist Tim Martin in Eastgate Shopping Centre. Tim will collaborate with the general public to produce a 10-metre wide cityscape every weekend in the centre from 22 June until 20 July. Children and adults alike are welcome to provide a drawing in response to the question ‘what is a home?’ Tim will choose a selection of these pictures and incorporate them into his design and at the end of the project to produce a beautiful and honest depiction of the meaning of home in today’s society.

As well as the Plein Air live outdoor painting competition and the Open Art Prize where artists are invited to submit their work to be exhibited in Gloucester Cathedral. ‘Home’ is the overriding theme for this year’s Sibling Distillery Art in the City and will be explored in a number of special exhibitions, talks and theatre performances.

Artist Tim Martin, said:
“The idea of home is very abstract and can be described in many different ways. It could be your room, your house, your street, your town, being around your family and friends, or all of those together. Or something totally different. We have left the brief open for participants of this project and are looking forward to all the different takes on the concept of home – how people interpret what home means to them. By illustrating all these different ideas of home side by side in a landscape format we are hoping that it will help us understand how we live and co-exist together in our towns and cities and provide insight into each other’s home life and values.”

Cllr Steve Morgan, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure at Gloucester City Council, said:
“Once again Art in the City will be bringing exciting and novel art projects to Gloucester. Involving children in the “What is a Home” installation will give them the chance to use their wonderful imaginations to express themselves. Gloucester is steadily building a great reputation as a welcoming City for artists.”

To enter the competitions, submit artwork or find out more about the festival visit

To take part in the ‘What Is A Home?’ community art project, come along to the Hangout Hub on the ground floor of Eastgate Shopping Centre on Saturdays and Sundays between 22 June and 20 July.

Sibling Disitllery Art in The City is organised by Marketing Gloucester and is part of SoMAC, Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts and Culture.