Chalk It Up – Sittingbourne Chalk Art Festival

Update: See the gallery of work on our Flickr account

For one whole weekend in Sittingbourne, an army of artists will descend upon the town and create amazing works of chalk art on the walls and pavements.

The festival will take place over the 6th/7th September, when a team of professional artists will create elaborate artworks using pastels, chalk and charcoal in the alleyways and pavements of Sittingbourne High Street.

Each alleyway will have a different theme (flowers, faces, outer space, etc.) along which each artist will create a centerpiece and, with volunteer help, the public would be invited to add to the space around the design with their own interpretation of the theme.

Chalky Blooms

There will also be a whole gallery of artists working on large scale pavement pieces of art down the middle of the High Street. This will be a new experience for many of these artists who have never worked in the public eye but it will turn the High Street into a huge public gallery full of colour and you will get to talk to local artists and watch them at work.

There will be plenty of opportunities for the public to get involved and add their own artwork with guidance from the professionals!

On Sunday 7th of September the artists will come together to create a large scale 3D anamorphic artwork on the pavement that the public can walk on and interact with.

If you would like to be involved in this event, as an artist or volunteer, then please contact Dean Tweedy of Marvellous Murals. Materials and limited expenses will be provided but this will be great exposure for all involved. Dean was one of the recent Round 4 successes.

Dean says: “I’m looking for professional artists that are willing to work in chalk, charcoal and pastels to create masterpieces in the alleyways of Sittingbourne High Street, alongside semi-professionals and enthusiastic amateur artists who would like to join in. I only just added the event publicly and I’m already inundated with requests – the idea certainly seems to have inspired many people!”