May 2019

My experience of London’s most famous life drawing model

Barrie Novell If you look through art history books you read about many muses and models who inspired countless artists. I used to think this only happened in the romanticised bohemian art history books, until last Friday when I read on Facebook that one of my favourite life models, Barrie Novell, had sadly passed away. [...]

Musicians Who Paint

With Glastonbury kickstarting the festival season this Month, here in the PopUp Painting office we got chatting about the common link between musical and visual artists. Many members of the most iconic bands studied at Art College before pursuing a career in music (think The Bealtes, Rolling Stones, Pulp..). These are a few that kept […]

The Best UK Festivals to go to this Summer

Is it? could it be? We think Summer is (finally) in the air! And that means it’s time to start booking in those festivals. Here at PopUp Painting we have made a list of the best UK festivals for you all to go to this summer. Camp Wildfire Camp Wildfire combines the thrill and fun […]

National Beer Day Interview: Seven Bro7hers Brewers

It’s National Beer Day on Saturday 15th June, and we thought we’d celebrate not only by cracking open a bottle of something chilled but by chatting to our favourite family run brewery, Seven Bro7hers. So, for those of those who don’t already know, why are you called Seven Bro7hers? We are called Seven Bro7hers Brewery […]

Chelsea Flower Show artist Spotlight

Chelsea Flower Show this year falls between Tuesday 21st May and Saturday 25th May. This vibrant exhibition of flowers and plants signals the beginning to every gardeners summer. The event takes place in the Royal Hospital Chelsea by the Royal Horticultural Society. To celebrate this annual event, we are looking at emerging artists who use […]

Six of the Best Date Spots in London

Hot date? We’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best date spots in London that are sure to impress. Frank’s Cafe, Peckham I’m afraid I am starting this blog with somewhere that is only open during the summer. Frank’s Cafe popped up on top of a carpark in South-East London in 2009 hosting […]

Help bring PopUp Painting to your city

Passionate about unleashing creativity? Us too! PopUp Painting is the UK’s leading ‘sip and paint’ company, having painted with some 30,000 people across the UK since 2013. With features in the BBCand the Raconteur, we run 70+ events a month right across the country. Our mission is to bring art out of the classroom and gallery, into […]

Six of the Most Iconic Paintings in The National Gallery

Rokeby Venus – Velazquez Also known as The Toilet of Venus, this painting shows the  goddess Venus with her son Cupid holding up a mirror for her to gaze at her reflection. Originally from Spain, Velazquez caused outrage with his female nude as the Spanish Church disapproved and the controversy didn’t stop there. In 1914, a lady visiting […]

5 Hidden Places of Art in London

Sir John Soane’s Museum Just inside what appears to be three standard London town houses near Holborn, is the old home of architect, Sir John Soane. Today, this is a museum which is free to the public, however under the request of Sir John Sloane’s will – the layout of the buildings have not been […]

Alps, Alps, Baby

Three Girls, Three Countries, Three Days. This is what Anna Perkins is preparing to do this summer, raising in money for The Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester. However, this trio are not stopping there, they are raising money left, right and centre for this cause. We chat to Anna Perkins about this incredible journey. Could […]