• Event Start: 9:00 am
  • Gallery Hall
  • Early adult: £6
  • Early student: £5
  • Family: £12
Additional details:
  • Please see all event information below. Open to all

Paint the Day Wolverhampton 2023

Calling all artists & photographers: Can you create a masterpiece in 24 hours for Wolverhampton’s Paint the Day 2023 challenge?

Featuring an expert judging panel, prize money & a public exhibition of your work

Ready for the challenge?
NEW 24hrs making time: Sat 24th 9am-25th of June 11am Plus an optional guided sketching session with artist Ewan Johnston (West Park 12pm till 2pm)

#PTD23 sets the challenge of capturing a scene in just one day in your chosen medium within a three-mile radius of the Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton.


The challenge is open to professional, amateur and under 16’s artists.

Open to all art forms, from drawing to landscape painting to photography, you can interpret the scene in any visual style as long as it’s made in and about the local area. Your finished creation will then be displayed in an exhibition at the NAC’s Gallery Hall exhibition space, where visitors can purchase your piece in an auction with cash prizes judged by panel of professional artists and a public vote.


Registration Fees: Early Adult £6; Early Student £5;
Early Family Ticket £12 (available until 23rd June);

On the day Adult £8; U16 £2; Student £6; Family ticket £16


First Prize: £200
Photography: £100
Painting: £100
Drawing: £100
Public Vote: £50
U16’s Prize: £50
+ runner up material prizes!


FREE Public Exhibition
Sunday 25th June until 2nd July – 11am – 4pm
Join us for a free public exhibition starting on Sunday, 25th June, and continuing through to Sunday, 2nd July. Open daily from 11am to 4pm, the exhibition will feature an array of captivating artworks produced throughout the challenge with open studios available for viewing on the first day. On the 25th, you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet the artists behind the works, ask questions, and gain insight into their creative processes.

Also, on the same day, we’ll be hosting a free drop-in art workshop specifically for children. They’ll be able to explore their creativity, learn new techniques, and have a lot of fun. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, we’re inviting attendees to bid on original pieces from our ‘Paint the Day’ collection. And don’t forget to participate in our public vote to pick your favourite artwork. It’s a week of art-filled activities that you won’t want to miss.

Art material prizes contributed by Wolverhampton School of Art.



You can explore and zoom in with the interactive maps below:

Map made using smappen 


Participants will have up to 24 hours to create a work of art outdoors in the designated area (see map). Between hours Saturday 24th of June 9am to the 25th of June 11 am

Any visual medium may be used. (Past entries have included drawing, watercolour, pastels, acrylics, oil paint, photography, embroidery,)

The maximum size of the artwork is A2 size (42cm x 60cm). All artwork must be framed ready to hang for the exhibition

If the weather is bad, participants may work under cover or indoors,

Artists must bring their canvas or other medium to the New Hampton Arts Centre between 9am and 12am on Saturday 24th of June, to be stamped before starting

Photographs must be printed with timestamp included

Participants must return their art works to NAC by 11am on Sunday the 25th

One entry per person is permitted

All submissions must be ready to display – framed or be provided with a means of hanging. Hooks and wire should be attached. A table will be provided for framing your work

All work will be displayed in the exhibition at the New Hampton Arts Centre from Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2nd July 2022. Opening times of exhibition Daily 11am-4pm.

Photographers should be able to prove the photograph has been taken on that day.

All art works will be available for auction throughout the exhibition Minimum price of £10; maximum reserve of £200.

0% commission Artists will receive 100% of sale price.

Unsold art works can be collected from Mon 3rd of July Artwork must be collected from NAC within 2 weeks of this date, deadline: Monday 17th July.

Sales proceeds will be made available as soon as payment by winning buyer is made (payment is required by Monday 17th July 2023).

All art works are eligible for the judged prizes and the public vote prize.

All art works by artists under 16 are eligible for an under 16 prize.

The judges’ prizes will be announced after 5pm on Sunday 25th All work is judged anonymously

The public vote prize will be announced via social media after the exhibition has finished and votes have been counted. The winning artist will be contacted.

Photos of the art works will be displayed on NAC website and social media. Artists will be credited with all copies

Runner up art material prizes are donated by the Wolverhampton school of art


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