In pictures: Art on the Street 2014

In pictures: Art on the Street 2014

Paul Miles

In pictures: Art on the Street 2014

The sound of live music echoed throughout Maidenhead High Street on Saturday as Art on the Street made a triumphant return.

Now in its tenth year, the work of 130 artists packed the High Street as visitors turned out in their hundreds to enjoy one of the towns most popular events.

Street artist Phill 'Philth' Blake was among a number of artists who had travelled from across the country to show off their work.

It was the second time the 33-year-old had been involved with Art on the Street after creating a mural at the back of Bovilles Art Shop at last year's event.

"I am not really used to selling my work or talking to the public. I usually just put it in a gallery for a month and walk away," he said. 

"It is nice to talk to people about my stuff."

For visitors who were slightly less enthusiastic about art they could soak up live music which was being performed by a acts on stages outside the Boy and Boat statue and near Wilkinsons.

Workshops taking place in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre also gave people the opportunity to get their hands dirty including Claires Court Arts Award students who ran a series of creative events.

Co-director of Art on the Street, Marie Leonard, said: "What has been really awesome is that people have really turned out early. We opened at 10am officially but literally by half ten the town centre was absolutely packed.

"I think we had something like 47 tweets in the first hour of people being really complimentary. It is really incredible.

"We have created an event by the community for the community."

Throughout the day generous shoppers donated money to Art on the Street's sponsored charity; the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

The charity is on a fundraising mission to build a new £5m hospice in Woodlands Park.

The charity ran its own craft shop opposite Superdrug in which keen artists could decorate their own paper cups and create a Father's Day gift.

Sally Stevens, from the Devine charity, said: "Obviously it is a great community event and it is lovely to be involved. It gave us the opportunity to talk to lots of shoppers about Alexander Devine."

On the Hight Street, the Devine Buskers also played their part as they entertained visitors with a selection of songs.

The next Art on the Street is set to take place in December.

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