One lucky bidder will get their hands on a typically risqué sketch by one of Brit Art’s biggest stars at this month’s Langford Arts Festival.

This signed limited-edition print by notorious Young British Artist Jake Chapman will be auctioned off at the event which is back after the enormous success of its launch two years ago.

Local resident Mr Chapman and his brother Dinos, who lives in London, form the shocking art duo the Chapman brothers.

They found fame alongside Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin as part of the YBAs in the 1990s – many of whom became celebrities.

Their deliberately provocative artwork, which is displayed in The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London, features puerile humour, sexual obscenity and graphic violence.

The Langford Arts Festival, will feature the work of over 50 amateur and professional artists, producing everything from watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings to prints and photography through to sculpture, glass and pottery.

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There will be something to suit any budget - works from sought-after artists for collectors through to pieces for people who just want to find something special for their home.

The event is the brainchild of Langford resident Ginny Bushell, who is herself a keen amateur artist.

She said: “When we ran our first festival two years ago, we thought it might prove quite popular. But nothing prepared us for the volumes of people and artists who wanted to get involved.

“With us now gradually coming out of lockdown, it seemed the perfect moment to welcome people back.

“What could be better than to be in the fresh Cotswold air, in a picturesque village, looking at and hopefully buying some lovely original art.”

Most of the work will be displayed in St Matthew’s Church but there will also be art on show at a number of other locations in the village.

And if people want to watch and try as well as buy, there will be live art-based activities including artists sketching and painting around the village, art installations, and arts and crafts such as a blacksmith offering a metalwork experience, plaster plaque making and pottery.

Cakes, light lunches and refreshments plus a bar serving wine and local beers will be available all day.

Adult entry costs £2 while children (under 16) are free.

The Festival runs from 11am- 5pm from Saturday July 31 to Sunday August 1.