BUDDING artists got their creative juices flowing as they entered a painting competition held as part of heritage weekend.

‘Paint the town’ was held for the third year running at the Bureau, in Blackburn, and saw artists of all ages and abilities enter.

The competition saw competitors create and have to submit a piece of art on the Saturday within Blackburn and the surrounding borough along the theme of ‘Old and New’.

People who entered the competition brought in their own board, canvas and material on the day to be stamped and numbered, although materials were provided for people who didn’t have any.

The work has now been put on exhibition from today (Monday) until Saturday, September 23 , with art work including painting, drawing, textile, sculpture, collage and analogue photography.

Kerris Casey-St. Pierre, one of the directors the Bureau, said: “This is the third year the competition has been held and it’s gone down really well with people in Blackburn.

Since it began, ‘Paint the town’, has attracted a lot of national interest in previous years, with it being featured on the BBC Get Creative website front page and being lauded by Heritage Open Days as an example of best practice.

Judging and a prize-giving event will take place in the Bureau on Thursday, September 21 at 6.30pm.