CHESTER’S art world is being shaken up by a new evening hosted in a city centre bar and restaurant.

Doodleplanet invites illustrators, artists and amateurs to paint on plastic covered walls to create spontaneous and exciting art work.

As quickly as the art is created, it disappears as the sheets are recycled at the end of every session at Telford’s Warehouse, Tower Wharf.

Doodleplanet creator David Setter said: “The initial idea was to create a hub where people could get together and create some interesting artwork using pens and other materials.

“But it’s moved on since then. Now we get people coming who just want to watch and then wait until the end to buy the artwork we have produced.”

The event, on the first Thursday of every month, has grown in popularity since its launch in January last year.

Around 100 doodlers now regularly attend, producing work in time to the music provided by David’s DJ brother, Matty Setter.

A range of ages and abilities have been getting involved as art students mix with 50-year-olds who have never picked up a paint brush.

David added: “It’s been great watching the way it has expanded. We started off inviting a few friends and it’s taken off from there.”

The free event has proved so popular that David has been paying up to £200 a month to provide art materials. A small charge is now required to cover costs.

David said: “We didn’t want to start charging but I was haemorrhaging money and didn’t want the high quality of the artwork to slip with second rate materials.”

Any concerns that the cost could put people off were soon dismissed, however, as April’s event had 92 confirmed guests.

Ben Raffe from the Chester city centre boutique store Tokyo Jazz Panda thinks Doodleplanet is just what the city needs.

He said: “It’s been packed each time I’ve been and everyone really enjoys it. Chester has been sorely lacking in any kind of artistic or cultural happening of any note for some time so it’s fantastic to see something interesting finally happening in the city.”

Doodleplanet has been drawing people in from Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales.

Ben adds: “I think there are similar events in Manchester and Liverpool but the people can be a bit stand-offish. Doodleplanet is much more inclusive with everyone made to feel so welcome. David has done a great job creating something so different with no backing.”

The next Doodleplanet will be held in May. Visit www.telfordswarehousechester.com for more details.