Paint the Day back for Summer 2020.
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Paint the Day back for Summer 2020.

Wolverhampton’s ultimate art & photography challenge is back as Paint the Day returns online for summer 2020 on Saturday 20th June. This long running outdoor family is now aiming to encourage artists and families to get creative in lockdown.

This will be the sixth year of the annual competition and exhibition and the current global situation stop event. Everyone can now taking part in (and around) their own home. Paint the day 2020 is open to visual artists of all levels and practices, including professional artists, amateurs and children alike.

On Saturday the 20th June the event will begin, challenging participants to create their very own masterpiece in just one day, using their own home as a starting point. Participants will capture a scene within their home if isolating or within a one mile radius if it see safe to do so (depending on government guidelines at the time). Artists can use anything from traditional watercolours and experimental photography to abstract collage, allowing them to interpret the scene in any visual style they wish as long as you can digitally summit their entries. An online exhibition of all entries will be up the next day, and a physical exhibition at NAC of the originals will follow in the autumn when prizes will be awarded. 

In previous years Paint the Day has achieved great things in helping to promote the area of Whitmore Reans in a positive light. Paint the Day now celebrates our own homes and surroundings allowing entrants the chance to show off the natural beauty their  own communities have to offer. This gives new opportunities and possibilities to returning artists and an opportunity for a new group of locked-down creatives to take part, providing a fun and creative project for families and individuals whilst adding to the vast community spirit with have already seen come out of Wolverhampton over the past few months.

Like previous years there be over £500 in prize money including and overall First Prize, Photography, U-18 and Public Vote. All artwork will be submitted online with a chance to drop off physical work, once we re-open, in preparation for a physical exhibition in autumn, if government guidelines allow.

Paint the Day 2020 advance tickets costs £5 adults, £2 children, £10 family of four. All tickets can be easily obtained through the Newhampton Arts Centre website www.newhamptonarts.co.uk/paint-the-day or by phone on 01902 572090.