Locals, shoppers, families and children invited to create LIVE artwork of Guildford for the town, by the people of the town this Sunday as part of the Guildford Car Free Festival


20th September 2021: A LIVE art installation that local people can help create is taking place this weekend in Guildford as part of the town’s Car Free Day Festival.


The activity, aptly named ‘Our Guildford’, will be hosted by local lettings agency The Home Club and Guildford artist Nathalie Scott, owner of the GU Art community gallery on Swan Lane.


Taking place on Sunday 26th September from 10am, a white canvas will be erected under the Tunsgate Arch with an artistic representation drawn out of Guildford town.  Residents and visitors to the Car Free Day Festival will be encouraged to help colour, paint and decorate the canvas – forming a final piece of art for the town by the town’s people.


Locals will be encouraged to bring their creative flair to the event, and asked to add their own elements to the design – from reality to fantasy – to make it really personal. From mermaids in the river to ‘my house’ in the Surrey Hills. The only thing off limits are cars.


WHEN: Sunday 26th September, 10am to 4pm

WHERE: Tunsgate Arch

HOW: All art materials will be provided from paint to pens – just bring creative flair

WHO: Residents, shoppers, families, children…everyone welcome! No art experience needed


The activity forms part of The Home Club’s ongoing support and sponsorship of Guildford Arts and the incredibly rich art and culture scene in Guildford.


Founder Jerry Pfletschinger said: “We are incredibly proud to be hosting this art project as part of the Car Free Day Festival. Being part of the community is at the heart of our business and, as we come together after such a tough 18 months, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our town than to capture its essence through this painting as seen by the people who live here. Much of our High Street is already lovely to walk up without the pollution cars bring, so it will be great to see more of the town pedestrianised for this Sunday.


“We really hope to see as many people there as possible to help us create this unique piece of artwork and that it will be on display for people to view for years to come.”


Once complete at the end of the day, the final piece will be displayed in a prominent location for people to view, starting at the GU Art gallery that artist Nathalie runs on Swan Lane.


Nathalie, who is working on the project with The Home Club, added: “This commission has been so much fun, exploring all of Guildford’s wonderful buildings and features. I’m so proud to live here so when The Home Club asked me to be part of this event, I couldn’t wait to get started. I’m excited to see what the people of Guildford bring to the picture.”


Guildford’s celebration of Car Free Day on Sunday 26 September will see pedestrians put first in the town centre: it will be transformed with market stalls from Ethical Vegan, Rural Crafts, antiques and a Farmer’s Market as well as other stalls offering street food, live music from local groups and street plays for children. There will also be lots of information about how residents can step up their actions to tackle climate change. Leave your car at home and use alternative forms of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport.

Visit guildford.gov.uk for more information and details on how to get involved.