CREATE LONGRIDGE IS BACK!
Create Longridge is returning to the town this summer for the fourth time following the phenomenal response from visitors, artists, businesses and locals to last year’s event
Last year’s Create Longridge saw nearly 70 artists create brand new original artwork on one day within a three-mile radius of the town centre. The paintings were judged by a panel of experts including the 2017 winner Steve Rostron. First prize of £2000 was claimed by Blackpool artist Adam Ralston. His painting looking up Berry Lane in the town centre wowed the judges and visitors to the exhibition, which followed Create Longridge day.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday 13th July and will once again see the town through the eyes of artists, both professional and amateur. In line with the inclusive nature of the competition, each artist will create their piece in a size, style and media of their choice. The artists will have all day to create their artwork and at the end of the day the panel of judges will decide who will be awarded first, second and third prizes. In addition, 2019 will again see an Exhibition Visitor’s Prize, won in 2018 by Longridge’s own Emma Lord. After the artists’ work has been judged, the paintings will be displayed for visitors to vote for their favourite. The art will be exhibited in Longridge Gallery and potentially other venues and will be available for purchase for a week after the event. Last year nearly 400 votes were cast in the week of the exhibition.
A lively fringe programme is also being developed for the day. Further details will be announced nearer the time but the ever popular children’s art classes will again be held.
“Everyone really enjoyed the day last year, blessed as we were by glorious weather,” said Alistair Sheret of Longridge Gallery. “Create Longridge brings not only highly talented and creative people to the town, it attracts hundreds of residents and visitors. Those residents and visitors in turn support our local businesses, the very reason Create Longridge was conceived. The enthusiasm for the event from local businesses is significant.”
“Create Longridge would not be possible without the support of sponsors, the town’s residents and visitors. If anyone would like to become a sponsor and be associated with the event, please get in touch. Similarly, if anyone has skills they feel would help the event we would love to hear from them,” said John Swift of the Create team and owner of Swifts Hardware.
So who will follow in the winning footsteps of Adam Ralston? Full registration details can be found at www.createlongridge.co.uk and of course Live Ribble Valley will keep you posted on all the latest developments.