Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to enter Create Longridge?

The entry fee is £20 which must be paid in advance. Unfortunately we will be unable to accept entries on the day. The entry fee is non-refundable.


What style should I paint in?

There is no prescribed painting style. The fun of the event is that the participating artists will, collectively, capture life in Longridge on one day. Landscapes, street scenes, figurative imagery and abstracts are all acceptable.


Do I have to use paint?

No, you can create a picture in any medium you like as long as you can do it in a day. The only exception to this is that we don't accept photography.


Can I make some outlines or preparatory sketches on my canvas/board?

All materials must be blank and not pre-prepared with background or other preparatory sketches but we will accept primed surfaces. Of course, if you want to undertake any preparatory work/sketching that is acceptable so long as it is not done on your competition canvas/board.


Can I paint anywhere in Longridge?

Yes, as long as you are within a 3 mile radius of The Old Station Buildings. Also please don't do anything that would break the law or cause a public nuisance. Common sense is the watchword. At registration we will ask for your painting location so that we can direct visitors to you.


Why do I have to go to the Old Station Buildings first before I get painting?

Because we need to check your registration and put a small stamp on the back of your painting surface as proof that you started the day with it completely blank.


Can I enter a picture I painted beforehand?

No, the whole idea and fun of Create Longridge is that everyone creates a picture from scratch in just one day.


Can I submit more than one picture?

No. We can only accept one item from each artist. Artists can of course 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. But please, if you are painting inside a public venue, before doing so you must get permission from the venue manager. Create Longridge is not a plein-air competition nor is it a “paint what you see” competition. Create Longridge is designed to be as inclusive as possible; it is a creative art event and you can paint what you enjoy the most.


Is there a maximum or minimum size for entries?

The maximum size of your finished work including the frame is 1.0 metre x 1.2 metres. There is no minimum size.


Can I bring my finished artwork back to the Conservative Club anytime during Saturday?

Judging will commence at the Conservative Club on Berry Lane from 6pm. Artists will be able to check work in there from 4pm. Before that, finished work needs to be booked in at The Old Station Buildings. Artists’ check-in will close at 6pm.


Are there any age restrictions for participating artists?

Yes, artists must be over 16.


Does my picture have to be framed?



What happens if I create one of the three winning paintings?

The sponsors of each of the prizes are entitled to that painting as part of their sponsorship package. Each of these pieces will be framed professionally by Longridge Gallery as part of the sponsorship package at no cost to either artist or sponsor. Winning artists will be paid within 10 days of the event. 1st prize is £2000, 2nd prize is £1000 and 3rd prize is £500.


Do I have to take part in publicity?

Photographs will be taken on the day to populate the Create Longridge website and its other social media platforms. The winning artists will also have publicity surrounding their paintings and participation in the event. By entering Create Longridge, each artist agrees to the use of their photograph and images of their finished work being used for future Create Longridge events and publicity.

Who decides what price my picture should be exhibited at?

This will be agreed between the artist and Create Longridge. All work must be made available for sale.


How much will I receive from the sale?

You will receive 50% of the selling price, unless your painting is one of the three prize winners, in which case please see above.


How do I get paid?

You will be paid by cheque within 10 days of the sale.


What happens if my picture isn’t sold?

You can collect it after the exhibition to take home by July 27th. We aren’t able to store paintings that aren’t collected. We donate all uncollected pictures to charity.


How will my work be promoted before the event?

Firstly, the Create Longridge website has a section about participating artists. If you submit your biography and an image we will endeavour to upload it to the website. Secondly, Create Longridge’s media partners are keen to interview, photograph and promote participating artists via their own media outlets. Thirdly, Create Longridge uses a variety of social media platforms including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Participating artists are often featured on Create Longridge’s output.


Why will my work be used on merchandise?

Create Longridge takes a great deal of money to pull together. Without the help of our sponsors in particular it would not be possible. In 2019 Create Longridge intends to produce a limited amount of branded merchandise featuring the artwork completed on the day. All the profits from the sale of this merchandise will be retained by Create Longridge to ensure the future longevity of the event. Artists will be credited wherever possible but no royalty fee will be paid.