Mary Portas to judge ArtBurst’s Open Art Competition

Mary Portas, crowned by the British media as ‘The Queen of shops’ and who lives with her partner and son near Stroud, will be the celebrity judge of the Painswick ArtBurst 2019 ‘Character of the Cotswolds’ Open Art Competition this August. Along with Emma Falshaw, Director of the sponsor of the competition, Town & Country Financial Planning, she will be assessing over one hundred entries expected for this year’s festival which has prizes of £500, £250 and £100 for the very best on the theme the ‘The Character of the Cotswolds’.

Emma Falshaw said ‘’We are delighted to have Mary Portas as a judge as her interest in art, design and style is very apparent from her television programmes and retail consultancy work. Judging will be a challenge as we have opened the widest perspective for an artist to use whatever materials or forms they like in interpreting the Cotswold theme broadly”.

All the entries will be displayed in the St. Mary’s Church rooms throughout the festival, judging and prizegiving will take place on Saturday 17th August, the opening day of the ten-day ArtBurst event. Applications to enter the “Character of the Cotswolds” competition are welcome now, entry forms can be found on our website at or requested from

, The Beacon Hall, Painswick Centre, Canton Acres