Painting Padiham 2018

The brilliant Painting Padiham event returns on Saturday 12 May 2018!

Over 55 artists are competing for cash prizes and artists’ materials by creating an original piece of art depicting Padiham and its people, over the course of one day in May!

This exciting event features artists, both professional and amateur, located around Padiham town centre and Gawthorpe Hall grounds.

Visitors to the event will be able to see artists at work and enjoy seeing original art created before their eyes.

Visitor Guides including maps detailing artists locations will be available on the day from Storm Art Gallery, 101-105 Burnley Rd, Picture House Gallery, 4-8 Burnley Rd, Gawthorpe Hall, event staff and Padiham town centre businesses.  Each Artist will have a number and an Artist Bio on display to help visitors locate and find out more about the artists taking part.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase the original artwork during the exhibition which launches on 26 May.

As well as seeing amazing art created there are loads more attractions at the event!

A vintage bus will take visitors between Padiham town centre and Gawthorpe Hall.  The bus will pick up on the hour, from 10am, on Burnley Rd by the junction with Eccleshill Rd (Hand & Shuttle pub).  The bus will collect visitors from Gawthorpe Hall on the half hour from 10.30am and drop passengers outside Padiham Town Hall.  Last bus will be from Gawthorpe Hall at 3.30pm.

There will be amazing creative workshops on the front lawn of Gawthorpe Hall (10.30am to 3.30pm) and at Padiham Library (10am to 12pm) and Picture House Gallery (1pm to 3pm).

Plus, The Men from NAFA will be will be delivering an exciting writing & poetry workshop, with an explosive finale from 3.30pm.  If that wasn’t enough, singer/songwriter Jay Stansfield will be composing and performing songs about visitors, and Little Big Band will be performing on the Town Hall steps!

Visitors will be able to take in the great shops and eateries in Padiham town centre as well has visiting as many artists around the town as they can.  For more information about Padiham town centre see our Directory pages.

For artists and visitors who are travelling some distance to Padiham for the event, The Lawrence boutique hotel is conveniently located in Padiham town centre for overnight stays.

More details can be found here


For more information about the event see our FAQ’s and Rules

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A special thank you to Heritage Lottery Fund, A1 Motor Store and Padiham Town Council for supporting this event.

Thank you also to our other supporters Hare & Hounds, Padiham Paints, Picture House Gallery, The Hardware Store, Mooch Café87.


We are pleased to announce the following prizes for winning artists:

First Prize £1,000

Padiham Town Council Award – £750

Third Prize- £500

People’s Choice Award – £250 plus artists’ materials

 Online Survey

Please take a few minutes to tell us what you thought of the Painting Padiham 2018 event by completing our survey. Click here to go to the survey.

Your views will help the Council to identify issues and opportunities, and enable us to shape future events. Responses to this survey will also help monitor the outcomes of the Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage scheme, which supports the event.

All responses to the survey are anonymous and will be kept confidential. If you have any questions about the survey or are interested in receiving feedback of the findings, please email us at