Street artists can’t wait to get their hands on the derelict Prince of Wales pub.
The building’s owner has allowed the Gloucester Paint Jam festival organisers to use it as a blank canvas for the weekend, when the festival runs from August 1 to 3.
Gloucester’s well-known street artist Beastie, who is co-ordinating the festival, said: “Securing the Prince of Wales pub as part of the festival is brilliant news. It means we can expand the Paint Jam, as hoped, into different areas of the city centre.
“It would be great for people to turn the corner and find artists painting an entire building, and we plan to paint the whole thing.
“No doubt they’ll level the area and turn it into flats soon enough, but in the meantime we can enjoy turning it from the cities biggest eyesore, into the most interesting and colourful building Gloucester’s ever seen.”
The eyesore pub on Station Road has existed since 1842 but closed in 2002, when proposed improvements never took place. It has remained boarded up ever since.
Gloucester pub history expert Darrel Kirby said: “Once thriving with custom from the leisure centre, the sign outside still boasts of five real ales plus one guest and it appeared in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide in 1996 and 1998.
“Following the £15 million redevelopment of the leisure centre in 2002, when it became GL1, it was intended that the Prince of Wales would double in size to take advantage of the potential extra custom.
“However, the proposed improvements never took place and the Prince of Wales has remained boarded up ever since.”
The festival will mostly centre around King’s Square, where there will be an art gallery in a bus. Street entertainment will run throughout the city centre.