Create Longridge is a creative arts event held in Longridge, Lancashire. The centrepiece of the event is a painting competition open to professionals and amateurs alike.
Taking place on Saturday July 14th 2018, once again artists will be competing for a prize and taking up the challenge to create a brand new, original piece of art, from scratch, in one day.
Create Longridge was held for the first time on 03 September 2016. 65 artists braved the weather conditions to produce stunning new art which was exhibited and sold in the week after the event. The day was a huge success thanks to the participation and support of our artists, sponsors, media partners, visitors and residents. Create Longridge was featured on BBC1.
The proposal is to have artists creating new, original artwork within a 3 mile radius of Longridge town centre, in one day, featuring the fabulous countryside, the historic architecture or the wonderful people. Artists will register in the morning, give their proposed location and create their work at that location on a blank canvas, board, paper or anything else. There is no limitation on size, style or media. At the end of the day the work will be judged and prizes awarded to the top 3.
The idea is based on a similar event in Spain which attracts over 100 artists and visitors counted in 4 figures.
So, what’s in it for the artists?
There are a number of benefits for competing artists.
Firstly, the chance to win prizes of £2000 1st prize, £1000 2nd prize and £500 3rd prize. The winning 3 entries will be claimed by the sponsor of that prize. Longridge Gallery will frame the top 3 entries. The winning entries will obviously attract a great deal of publicity for the artists.
Secondly, Longridge Gallery will host a week-long exhibition of all the work produced, giving each artist an additional opportunity to sell paintings not in the top 3.
Thirdly, the town’s businesses will be given the opportunity to display artists’ other work, in their shop and business windows, in advance of and on the day of the event, potentially leading to further sales for the artists.
Finally, unsigned artists are likely to have their work seen by the country’s leading fine art publishers who have already shown a keen interest in attending the event.
The Painting Competition
In essence, artists (both professional and amateur) will report in the morning with, literally, a blank canvas (or board or paper) and disperse within a 3 mile radius of Longridge’s town centre to create brand new, original artwork. At the end of the day, the work will be judged and a winner crowned who collects £2,000. The artists choose their own destinations and work in the style and media of their choice. At the end of the day the artists will, collectively, have captured our town, its people and its surroundings on one particular day. More information for participating artists can be found here. After the painting day on Saturday, a week-long exhibition featuring all the works created will be held at Longridge Gallery and potentially other venues. Visitors will be able to see the prize winning paintings and have the opportunity to invest in brand new, original artwork.