March 22nd, 2016
In just two months Sprowston Manor in Norwich will host world champions and a huge array of talented bodypainters at Paintopia, an international bodypainting event and the UK’s largest artist gathering.
The Festival is the brain child of Jennie Roberts and, whilst the industry is still mainly confined to promotional work in the UK, it is a multi-million worldwide business, attracting considerable media and commercial interest. In the USA shows like Face Off and Skin Wars are racking up the viewing ratings. Jennie is keen to ensure that the UK does not get left behind. “There is an incredible amount of talent in the UK, and Paintopia gives them an international platform to show off those skills.” enthuses Jenn.
Now in its 5th year, the theme for Paintopia 2016 is Urban Jungle. The event kicks off with a brand new UV paint evening on Thursday 12th May. The Body Painter of the Year competition is Friday 13th. Saturday is a special student day with added competitions for them. The rest of the weekend consists of competitions and masterclass demonstrations by exhibitors and guest artists.
“The degree of skill, stress and sweat that goes into creating works of art on skin is incredible.” comments Jennie. “Artists spend months designing their entries and creating props and prosthetics to complete the pieces on their volunteer models.”
You don’t have to compete or even paint; many enjoy watching or working on purely exhibition body art in a friendly sharing environment, and all models can join the enthusiastic catwalk at the end of the day. If you are nervous, sign up for the Professor’s Apprentice competition which teams beginners with an experienced artists for a fun collaboration.
Judges and guest artists this year include LA-based Pashur, the Picasso of Body Painting, five-time world champion Madelyn Greco, UK former world champion Carolyn Roper, YouTube star Pinkstylist and Instagram star Maria Malone-Guerbaa, with many more yet to be confirmed and announced. Gemma Horner from Festival sponsor Kryolan will also be judging and demonstrating.
The general public are welcome to attend the event on Sunday, 15th May. They can enjoy the fabulous artwork up close, learn more about working in the make-up and body art industry, and shop at the exhibitor stands stacked with face paint, make-up and prosthetics. There is a music tent featuring local bands and musicians throughout the day.
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