We are delighted that despite the current lockdown restrictions, we have found a way to make sure this year’s Paint the Town competition can still take place.
With a few little tweaks and a bit of technical assistance, the amazing team at The Bureau (supported by Blackburn BID, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and us here at the Townscape Heritage Project) have given the competition a social distancing make-over and launched ‘Paint the Town @ Home’!
The one-day, live and interactive on-line event to be held on 30th May 2020, invites people to join in and create an artwork that celebrates the town and it’s people from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Now in its fifth year, the competition presents a challenge to artists of all ages and abilities – beginners, amateurs and professionals – to create an artwork in one day, that takes inspiration from the town, it’s buildings, views and people. The only difference this year, is that they won’t need to come into town to do it and in fact, are being actively encouraged to stay at home – using the view from their windows, the people in their households, old photos, images online or just their memories or imagination as inspiration for their submissions.
Stella Boothman, one of the organisers from The Bureau Centre for the Arts said;
“Paint the Town @ Home offers a unique opportunity to capture and permanently record this unprecedented time in our lives. Artists of all ages and abilities can take part in the event from the safety of their own home.”
The artwork, to be started and completed on 30th May 2020, should fit one of three themes:
- Blackburn Town Centre including the Townscape Heritage Project Area
- The wider Blackburn and Darwen area
- The People of Blackburn
Julia Simpson, Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project Manager said:
“We are delighted to have found a way to make sure the event can still take place this year, as the competition really helps to spark interest in the town’s amazing built heritage through art.”
An exciting addition this year will be the opportunity for people to watch and take part in a number of on-line tutorials in the lead up to the event. They will also be able to find out more about the artists involved and watch live-streaming of artists at work on the day. An on-line children’s gallery will be open for children to submit their pictures created during the lockdown period.
The competition includes a number of prize categories to enter, including age 12 and under, 13-17, adults of all abilities (non-digital media) and adults with digital artwork and photography.
Prizes this year include £100 cash, opportunity for a free exhibition at The Bureau and tickets for future town centre events.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing a few pictures for inspiration on the Townscape Heritage Project’s Instagram and Facebook pages, but if anyone would like a particular view or building in the project area just get in touch and we’ll see if we can help!