ACP inspires extraordinary wearable art and engages the community to create life-changing opportunities for aspiring artists.
ACP is a registered charity, and is run by a group of enthusiastic and energetic volunteers. It is generously supported by local businesses and individuals and generates a spirit of community in the area.
ACP is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered charity (Reg: 1151258).
Over the past six years, we have held an innovative festival that transforms the streets of Painswick into a place of wonder, sparking a spirit of community. The event features stage shows among the iconic yew trees, where participants display their astonishing creations of wearable art before a panel of celebrity judges.
We are young, having held our inaugural festival in 2010 and have grown enormously in a very short time. We made the decision to hold the festival every other year while using the interim years to engage and inspire through a number of events, such as our fabulous
‘Off The Wall 2015’ exhibition which was held at our gallery from 1st August – 13th Septmeber 2015.
In addition to this, we are continually developing our relationship with the community. Over the past eighteen months alone, we have worked on collaborative projects with Cheltenham Festivals, Stroud Ambitions and local schools such as Chosen Hill and Westonbirt. Recently, we have established an evolving relationship with Gloucestershire University, with a focus on festival engagement. It is through these work placements that we aim to provide students with valuable experience in a variety of creative vocations.
We have since increased the festival’s vibrant impact by opening a gallery to showcase the talent it unearths. The gallery acts as a year –round platform, displaying the creations from previous festivals while providing a retail outlet for local designer-makers, keeping the craft tradition alive in Gloucestershire. The gallery also provides the backdrop for outstanding exhibitions of world-class design – our ambitious; inaugural Summer Exhibition in 2015 showcased pieces by, for example, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Sophie Ryder, and left a lasting impression that will provoke and inspire festivals to come.
Please help us to continue our good work, whether it’s through sponsorship, donations, volunteering, inspiring the people who visit our gallery in Painswick or helping to make the festival one of the most spectacular celebrations of creativity – we gratefully welcome your support.