Do you ever stop and look around? I mean really look around. We take so much for granted and too often our busy lives don’t allow us to take a moment to pause and appreciate our surroundings.

Paint the Day aims to change this. The Wolverhampton based art festival is inviting people of all ages and abilities to create artwork to celebrate and promote the visual diversity and hidden riches of the Whitmore Reans area of Wolverhampton.

Harry Thomas, U18 winner

Harry Thomas, U18 winner

Last year the event, organised the Newhampton Arts Centre, tempted 55 artists on to the streets to create their very own unique and contrasting views of the city and the aim this year is to almost double that.

Christine McGowan, Newhampton Arts Centre manager said: “Last year 780 people got involved in all sorts of different ways. There were 55 artists plus observers, judges, visitors and curious members of the public. We’re hoping to increase this to 1,000 people this year, including 100 artists of all ages and levels of experience.

Mike Massingham, winner 2015

Mike Massingham, winner 2015

“We’re also really excited to announce that this year there will be a photography competition to encourage more people to get actively involved. We have no external funding so Paint the Day 2016 is being entirely supported by the generosity of local people and businesses. We applied to YouCan for a community grant to help us add the photography aspect to the day.

I’m really happy to say that we were awarded £200 that has enabled us to offer a first prize of £100 and two runner-up prizes of £20 each, with the rest going towards marketing costs.”

This year’s event starts on Saturday 2 July when the artists will have eight hours to capture a local scene with all of the artwork and photography available to view at Gallery Hall, Newhampton Arts Centre from the 3 July.  As well as the £140 on offer for the photography competition, there’s a further £610 up for grabs for the artists.

1st prize: £300 with two runners up receiving £50

Public vote prize: £100 and two runners up prizes of £20

Photography prize: £100 with two runners up receiving £20

The under 18s winner will receive £50 with £10 each going to the two runners up.

If you’re interested in getting involved, you can register for the event online at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/newhamptonartscentre

The cost of registration is:

Artist’s pass: £10

Early bird artist’s pass: £6

Under 18s artist’s pass: £2

To find out more go to www.newhamptonarts.co.uk or call Newhampton Arts Centre on 01902 572080.

Ladislav, Sebastian and Karan (these boys got interested in what an artist was doing and ended up joining in).

 

If you think that a grant of up to £300 could help with your community project, please get in touch.