Paint the Town….this weekend


After the success of last year’s event, we are really excited that “Paint the Town…” art competition return’s this weekend as part of the national Heritage Open Days. Organised by the amazing folk at The Bureau, “Paint the Town…” is a challenge to artists of all ages and abilities- beginners, amateurs and professionals- to create a painting or drawing in a day along the theme of Old and New. And, of course we have an extra special prize category for Townscape Heritage.

Anyone wanting to participate will need to go to The Bureau Centre for the Arts at St Johns Church, Victoria Street, Blackburn BB1 6DW this Saturday 10th September between 9am and 10 am to register. You will be given a canvas authenticated with a date stamp (to make sure no one is cheating – this is a painting or drawing created in a day remember!) and then it’s up to you to go out and be inspired.

In case of bad weather you will be able to work from The Bureau itself, or a number of local businesses have agreed for an artist to be able to work from their premises.

All work will need to be completed and returned to The Bureau by 5pm.

The works will be exhibited on Sunday from 12-4pm at The Bureau and anyone wishing to sell their works can do so here. Prizewinners will be announced at 1pm.

Prize categories this year are Junior, Senior, Heritage Townscape and a special prize for the best  image of The Bureau itself.

Tips for the Townscape Heritage category – we would LOVE to see your paintings and drawings of some of the town’s architectural or cultural heritage and especially those around the Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West areas. Buildings, people, places, memories, now or the future – the interpretation is up to you.

Khatija Aswat first in Townscape Heritage category

Khatija Aswat – first prize Townscape Heritage category 2015

See some of last year’s fantastic entries here.

For more information see




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