How much does it cost to enter Painting Padiham?

The registration fee is £15 which must be paid by 28 April to secure your place at the event. We will not be able to accept entries on the day. The entry fee is non-refundable.

Are there any restrictions about what or how I paint?

We only ask that you create a picture which captures Padiham and its people in one day. Artists can use most mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, drawing, pen and ink and collage.  Streetscapes, historic buildings and architecture, landscapes and portraits are all permitted.

Can I paint anywhere in Padiham on the day?

Yes, as long as you are within a 1 mile radius of Padiham Town Hall, which includes Gawthorpe Hall grounds.  You must not choose a location which causes a nuisance or puts you or members of the public in any danger, and permission must be obtained before painting on private land. You must also choose a location which is accessible to the public so that visitors can see your work during the day.  Also please don’t do anything that would break the law or cause a public nuisance.  On completing a registration form you will need to submit your chosen location so that we can direct visitors to you on the day. A Visitors Guide is produced in advance of the event which will show your location to visitors so please don’t change your location after submitting your location or on the day. 

Can I do any preparation work or make some outlines or preparatory sketches on my canvas/board/painting material?

You must choose your painting location in advance of the event, and this could include doing preparatory work or sketches to help you on the day, but all materials and painting surfaces used on the day of the event must be blank and not pre-prepared with background or other preparatory sketches.  Primed surfaces will be acceptable.

Why do I have to register at the Event Hub on the day before I can start painting?

Before you start we need to check your registration and put a stamp on the back of your painting surface as proof that you started the day with it completely blank.  Works without a stamp submitted at the end of the day will be excluded from the competition.

Can I enter a picture I painted beforehand?

No.  All work eligible for the competition must have been painted on the day.

Can I submit more than one picture on the day?

No. We will only accept one item from each artist on the day. However artists can have more than one canvas/paper etc. stamped as being blank at the start of the day but can only submit one for judging and exhibition.

Do I have to paint outdoors?

No but you must paint in a place accessible to the public within 1 mile radius of Padiham town Hall. If you choose to paint inside a public venue, before doing so you must get permission from the owner/occupier.

What happens if it rains on the day?

Painting Padiham is primarily an outdoor event so all participants must be dressed and prepared for the weather conditions.  Just as participants should have appropriate waterproof clothing and any necessary protective measures for their artwork in the event of wet weather, participants should also ensure they have plenty of refreshments and protective sun cream if it is hot and sunny.

Is there a maximum or minimum size for entries?

There is no minimum size but for exhibition display purposes there is a maximum size of (92cm x 92cm including frame).

Can I submit my finished artwork at the Event Hub anytime during the Saturday event day?

Yes.  Artists will be able to submit work at the Event Hub anytime up to 6pm following registration. Work will not be accepted after 6pm.

Are there any age restrictions for participating artists?

Yes, artists must be over 16.

Does my picture have to be framed?

A reasonable level of presentation for exhibition is expected. Artists can supply their own frames or artists can arrange for The Picture House to frame items in between the event and the exhibition. 

If no arrangement is made, Heather at The Picture House will present items as she sees fit, if she deems it necessary to do so. Artists will be offered the opportunity to pay for the frames at the time of collection if they are unsold.

When will judging take place?

Judging will take place following the event and the winners will be announced at a private Launch event at the Picture House Gallery on Saturday 18th May 2024.

How will I know if I have won?

All participating artists will be invited to the Exhibition Launch event at the Picture House Gallery on Saturday 28th May 2024 where the winners will be announced.  Artists will be able to meet with other artists and view the exhibition before it is open to members of the public.  The sponsor(s) of the event may receive a winning painting as part of their sponsorship package.  Winning artists will be paid their cash prize (or issued with any other prize as appropriate) within 30 days of the event.

Do I have to take part in publicity?

By entering Painting Padiham, you agree to the use of your photograph and images of your finished work being used to promote the 2024 event and any future events.

Who decides what price my picture should be exhibited at?

The price will be agreed between the artist and Painting Padiham organisers.  Artists are asked to bear in mind what they would like to charge for their work before submitting it at the end of the event day.  All work must be made available for sale unless it is to be donated as a winning artwork to an event sponsor.

How much will I receive from the sale of my artwork?

Artists will receive 50% of the selling price, unless your painting is winning artwork to be donated to a sponsor, in which case please see above. Contact the Picture House Gallery for more information.

How do I get paid after my artwork is sold?

You will be paid by bank transfer within 30 days of the sale. Contact the Picture House Gallery for more information.

What happens if my picture isn’t sold?

Unsold artwork is to be collected from the Picture House Gallery by end of July 2024.  At the discretion of the event organisers uncollected pictures may be donated to charity.

Will my work be promoted at/before the event?

Leaflets will be available on the day of the event for visitors to see where all the participating artists are located.  On completing a registration form artists are asked to include a short Artist Bio which will then be used to create an A4 sign for artists to display on the day so that visitors can find out more about the artists and their work.  Confirmed participating artists will also be promoted as part of the pre-publicity for the event.

How will visitors find me on the day of the event?

A leaflet will be produced for visitors which will include a map showing where all the participating artists are located. Each artist will have a number on their Artist Bio sign so that visitors can follow a trail and check which artists they have seen at the event.

What if I register but cannot make it on the day?

The registration fee will not be refundable in any circumstances.  If you cannot make the event after registering artists are asked to give as much notice as possible to the event organisers.  Please do not register if you are uncertain whether you can take part in the event as failure to turn up on the day will have an impact on the event.

What if the event doesn’t go ahead?

If the event is cancelled for any reason your registration fee can either be refunded or transferred to the next event. Notification of cancellation will be made at the earliest opportunity.