If you're even slightly au fait with social media, you've probably already been suckered into a seemingly endless spiral of late-night clickbait because somebody on Facebook shared an article on mind-bending 3-D street art. You know the ones - photo after photo of chalk artwork so realistic and expertly executed that every third reader comment is a tedious accusation of photoshopping. But we know that there are artists out there so profoundly in touch with their medium of choice that this art is second nature to them.
An example: a photo of a regular high street, but slap bang in the middle of it we see a chasm has opened and real-life shoppers-cum-adventurers appear to teeter on the edge, staring death in the face whilst clutching their Primark bags, only for the illusion to be destroyed by some off-the-reins toddler.
Of course, by its very nature, chalk art is transient; catching it at all, let alone when it's in its prime, can be down to a couple of days, weather permitting. Knowing when an event is on would nice, right? Right! ArtDiscount is proudly pleased and pleasingly proud to be able to direct you to not one, but TWO, upcoming street art events, happening in the UK this summer.
First up, over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of July, historic Gloucester's King's Square will play host to 'Coloured Earth', which is open to local and international artists who will take part in the International Pavement Art Competition, competing for a share of a total prize fund of £1500. There's still time to apply - the deadline is July 9th, and application forms are available here.
Then, during the weekend of the 26th and 27th of August, Crewe in Cheshire will be getting its chalky makeover in the form of Chalk It Up!, another free festival of pavement screevery, where artists from across the UK and, indeed, the world, will be crawling around on all fours and persuasively fooling people with forced perspective and pastels. Again, it's free to enter, so go here for application.
For more information on both of these events, and others, hop along to urbancanvas.org.uk.
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