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Local artists sought to display their work at Riverside Festival

Published on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Leicester Riverside Festival takes place along the River Soar’s Mile Straight, Bede Park and Castle Gardens on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3.


This year for the first time, artists, painters, 2D artists and photographers are being called on to display and sell their artwork within a dedicated ‘Art on the River’ area along Western Boulevard, where their work will be showcased to around 30,000 festival-goers over the weekend.


Artists will be able to rent a three-metre railing space on the riverside, which will cost just £25 per day or £35 for two days.


Wire and small cable ties will be provided for artists to attach their work to the fence.


All artwork must be mounted and artists will be responsible for looking after their own work. There will be security on site during the day but artwork will be removed at night. No tables or marquees are allowed on site.


The Art on the River exhibition is a new addition to the Riverside Festival, which is now in its 21st year and has established itself as the city’s largest free festival.


The Riverside Festival regularly includes a programme of street entertainment and live music, fun fair and children’s activities, a street market selling arts, crafts and food, as well as plenty of river-based activities including a narrow boat rally, rides and demonstrations.


Leicester deputy city mayor responsible for culture and leisure, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “The Riverside Festival is always a popular event which kicks-off the city’s summer programme.


“The addition of the Art on the River event this year is a wonderful chance for local artists to display their works to a wide audience of festival-goers, for a very modest fee.”


Artists wanting to exhibit at Art on the River can contact Theo Markham-Crew, Leicester City Council Festivals and Events, on 0116 454 3600 or by emailing


Information is also available at the Leicester Riverside Festival 2018 Facebook page, or at