Brushes at the ready for Live Competitive Painting

Brushes at the ready for Live Competitive Painting

Stone Roses guitarist John Squire is the latest well-known artist offering support to Manchester’s increasingly popular social event Art Battle – the underground live painting experience that sees artists go head-to-head and create a piece of artwork in just 30 minutes to win votes from a circulating audience.


Donating a signed print of his painting entitled ‘Tracey Emin’ to Art Battle IV taking place in June; Squire’s work will be auctioned alongside the paintings of competing artists to raise money for The Homeless Film Festival. The support comes after Private Eye and The Times cartoonist Tony Husband entered the ring inArt Battle III to compete with nine other artists in front of 200 people at Oxford Road’s Contact Theatre.


Never revisiting the same place twice, Art Battle IV will commence at Stevenson Square’s Soup Kitchen. Easels will be set up ‘in the round’ and once more ten artists will create a piece of original artwork in just 30 minutes. The audience will decide who should progress to the grand final and be crowned champion of the two-round knockout competition via ballot box vote, with the artists’ creations being placed under the hammer in a silent charity auction.


“After Tony joined in the last Art Battle, we knew we needed something special for our fourth,” explains John Macaulay, who runs Art Battle with artist Sophie McNeill. “Luckily through working with The Homeless Film Festival, we were able to receive this fine contribution from Squire. Art Battle is about art for the people, by the people, so it’s great to showcase lesser-known and well known artists side by side whilst raising money for a great cause.”


After previously raising money for local charities Mustard Tee, Band OnThe Wall Foundation and Contact Theatre, Art Battle IV’s auction proceeds will be split between the artists themselves and the other half donated to The Homeless Film Festival; a charity dedicated to working with other organisations to confront and present the diverse issues of homelessness.


Among the diverse range of artists taking part, Art Battle IV will see Outhouse Manchester painter Amy Coney versus the painter, illustrator and ‘all-round-mess maker’ known simply as Rob, whose array of colourful characters will offer art fans the ultimate grudge match. Filmmaker compère Mike Dawson will referee proceedings with music provided by local DJs.


That’s the beauty of it - some of our competitors have been painting for years and others have only recently picked up a paintbrush.


“At Art Battle you don’t have to have lots of artistic knowledge to have a great night,” says Macaulay of the fight night that aims to bring art appreciation to the masses. “That’s the beauty of it - some of our competitors have been painting for years and others have only recently picked up a paintbrush. It’s the same for the audience members; some have never set foot in an art gallery. “


Date: Friday 5th June 2015   Direct from Ringside at: The Soup kitchen - 7pm First Round: 7.30pm