There are a variety of additional events at this year's Create Longridge which the team hope will encourage as a many people as possible to be involved on the day. Please keep up to date with news on these "fringe events" by following us on Twitter and Facebook or by our regular features in Live Ribble Valley and the Longridge News.


The fringe so far comprises:

Musical paint, draw and sketch at Future Sound Music

At Future Sound Music's new studios on Warwick Street you are invited to paint, draw or sketch your musical hero. All the art made on the day will form a new mural in the studios and the artist of the winning piece will receive a free guitar and six months' tuition. What an incredible prize! Huge thanks to Future Sound Music, one of our sponsors, where live music will be played throughout the day.


Art Classes and Willow Sculpting at St Wilfrid's Primary School

At St Wilfrid's Primary School a number of events are taking place. There will be art classes for children aged 5 - 9 on the theme "the buildings of Longridge". One session will be held in the morning and one in the afternoon. Also at St Wilfrid's there will be two sessions of willow sculpting. Lead by professional willow sculptor Cherry Chung two sessions will be held for children aged 9 - 13 years. Cherry Chung works and lives in Manchester and started basket making in 1996. She says that: "From the start I was hooked by the direct nature of working some sticks with only my hands into an object which could be functional and aesthetic. There’s a human instinct to make things with our hands". All the work completed will be available for the children to take home and we are delighted to be working with someone of Cherry's standing. A small charge will apply for these events and registration beforehand is available at Longridge Gallery.


Fused Glass Making at the Longridge Young Person's Centre

At the Longridge Young Person's Centre on Berry Lane two sessions of fused glass making will be held. Use a variety of glass components to create a vibrant piece of artwork based on your own simple design. No prior experience is required, come along and join in to create your own masterpiece. Everyone who takes part will be able keep their fused panel once it has been fired in the kiln. The morning session is for children aged 11 - 16 years and the afternoon session is for anyone above 16 years old. Again a small charge of £7 for materials will be made and registration at Longridge Gallery is necessary.


Oh Sew Crafty at Fitness Plus Gym

Following the huge success of last year's collaborative textile work we are thrilled that Cath Reid from Oh Sew Crafty will again lead our textile enthusiasts in a new collaborative venture. Based again in Fitness Plus Gym's studio space, the theme of this year's work is still being decided. Cath really wants to focus on the young people of Longridge being the main participants this year but all adults are welcome to drop in, add to the work and help and guide the younger needleworkers. The Create Longridge team is extremely grateful once again to Cath and our sponsor Fitness Plus.


Longridge Schools "My Longridge"

The schools in Longridge will also have the opportunity on the day to showcase artwork from their students under the theme "My Longridge". Working in collaboration with The Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show, Create Longridge will host and exhibition of schools' art highlighting the wealth of creativity in our town.


The fringe events add an enormous amount to the day and we hope that you are able to get involved. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us.