Now in its third year, Create Longridge is now much more than just a painting competition! Photography: Steven Spall

The Create Longridge team is working together with the town’s art enthusiasts to create a lively activity programme to engage with as many visitors as possible. For the third year running Cath Reid of Oh Sew Crafty will be leading the creation of a large scale collaborative textile piece.

Cath and her collaborators have had enormous fun at previous Create Longridge events making a tableau of the Longridge landscape in 2016 and last year, the town crest. Plans are being developed to have these on permanent display at a local venue.

“Seeing adults and children working alongside each other having fun is always lovely. We have so many people who love working with textiles,” said Cath. “Over the coming weeks we will be deciding on our subject for this year.”

Last year children’s art classes were introduced for the first time and were incredibly popular and these will once again be held at St Wilfrid’s School. Headteacher, John McHugh was keen to be involved again: “We are a creative school and if we can encourage creativity in children everybody benefits. Both the children and parents had a fantastic time last year we can’t wait for the day to come round again!”

Longridge teacher Laura Dent has been part of the Create Longridge team since its inception. Last year Laura led the glass fusing classes for adults and children. This year Laura will be leading an Urban Art workshop aimed at 10 to 14 year olds. “Whenever I have worked with children on this activity they have been hugely excited, I can’t wait to bring this to Create Longridge,” said Laura.

Newly formed Longridge Community Arts will also be involved in Create Longridge for the first time. This group is keen that its members have ownership of all its projects. Over the coming weeks the members of Longridge Community Arts will be deciding how they want to be involved – we’ll keep you posted!

Finally Create Longridge 2018 will see the introduction of a completely new strand to the fringe programme – literature. Plans are being developed to hold short story and poetry sessions. Following the theme of the art competition, the writers will start with blank paper but by the end of the day the written poems and stories will be completed and performed at a local venue.

Alistair Sheret of Create Longridge said: “Last year we had a number of approaches to include the written word in the event. Our approach to Create Longridge has always been to include as many people as possible in creative pursuits. Literature really helps us achieve our goal and potentially brings more people to the town.”

Please keep looking out for the latest updates and developments – it’s not too late to get involved! Visit the website: and follow Create Longridge on Facebook and Twitter!



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