‘Lockdown’ captured in art form during this year’s Paint The Town

The voting for this year’s People’s Choice category is now open for this year’s Paint The Town @ Home art competition.

Around 60 artists from across Lancashire and further afield took part in this year’s event, organised by The Bureau Centre for the Arts, was supported by Blackburn BID, the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage project, and Blackburn with Darwen Council.

To vote, simply like your favourite image on this link. The winner will be presented with a £100 cash prize.


Now in its fifth year, Paint The Town saw artists of all ages and abilities capture Blackburn town centre and its people over the course of one day on Saturday (30 May).

This year’s event was scheduled to take place in September, however with the country currently on lockdown organisers decided to hold an online version of the event instead. Those who registered took part in the event from the safety and comfort of their own home, capturing and permanently recording this unprecedented time.

The artists created paintings, drawings, sketches and other visual or digital artwork of Blackburn and its people from theirhomeusing the view from their window, photographs, or their memory as inspiration. 

There were 15 under 18s who submitted work vying for the prize of arts and crafts materials, and 43 adults aiming to impress judges for a chance to win the £100 cash prize and exhibition space at The Bureau.

Organiser Stella Boothman, from The Bureau Centre for the Arts, said: “We have had a remarkable response to this years’ event, and it has been truly moving to be part of a day that brought so many talented and passionate people together through the act of creativity. 

“People young and old took part, all working in their own homes, each sharing their journey of making throughout the day. The standard of work was once again very high, and we have had some wonderful and unique responses to the themes as a consequence of creative people being in lock down.  

“I am very proud and privileged to be one of the organisers of Paint The Town @ Home 2020.”

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