Could you design our 2024 programme cover?

See below for details of our exciting new competition...

Programme Cover 2021

Buxton Festival Fringe is holding a competition open to professional and non-professional artists to design a piece of artwork for the cover of the Fringe's printed programme for 2024! The deadline is January 8th 2024! Thousands of programmes will be printed. The winning artwork will also be publicised on the Fringe website, on the Fringe flyer, on Fringe social media, on advertising/marketing materials and in the press. There will be a £100 prize for the winner who will be fully credited in publicity.

Buxton Festival Fringe is a vibrant, open-access arts festival running in parallel with Buxton International Festival. It celebrated its 40th Fringe in 2019 and regularly hosts a huge range of entertainment across the town and beyond in categories of theatre, music, comedy, visual arts, dance, film, street theatre, children's events, spoken word and more.

Please read on for further information. If you have any further questions do please send a message to Marketing.


The winning entry will be bold and eye-catching, showcasing the distinctive style of the artist whilst conveying the spirit of the Fringe.

There is no restriction on the use of colour but competitors should bear in mind that the banner on the side of the template has an orange background and that this is the brand colour for the Fringe. Many of our most successful designs have featured some reference to this colour in the artwork (for the technically minded, the orange is Pantone 158C. CMYK is: C: 0% M:  61% Y: 97% K: 0%)

Past covers have incorporated the logo of our sponsor at the time but this is no longer required.

Sample artwork and template

The images must be submitted as follows:

158mm (Width) x 155mm (Height)
The proportions of the template must be adhered to when submitting the image. Please see template, right.
.jpeg or .pdf (High resolution, at least 300dpi)



We want our artists to have full freedom of expression. However here are some useful pointers:

DO try to include some visual reference to Buxton Fringe in your artwork.

DO consider including some orange in your design though no need to go overboard!

DO try to convey something positive about the Buxton Fringe eg its friendliness, talented performers, community spirit, accessibility, diversity of entertainment, beautiful venues, natural surroudings etc

DON'T repeat information that is already in our cover banner.

DON'T put all your focus on something not very associated with the Fringe eg The Opera House is not a Fringe venue and our Information Desk is no longer next door to it.

DON'T feel constrained - sometimes an abstract composition conveys everything it needs to.

For inspiration, have a look at all our past covers.



Original artwork may be in any medium including photography but must be submitted as a digital file. Note that the exact reproduction of your artwork may be slightly altered during the printing process and we will not be held responsible for this. The programme designer may also wish to alter or crop your image, in which case you will be consulted.


Read the Rules carefully before submitting your entry, to ensure you understand and accept them. Submitting an entry in the competition constitutes acceptance of the Rules.


Anyone can enter.


Entries to the competition must be submitted by email to All entries must be submitted with a high resolution .jpeg or.pdf file of at least 300dpi (please be aware that very large files may bounce back however). Entrants must adhere to size and format restrictions (see above). Images should be accompanied by a message containing the following information:

ARTWORK TITLE: (in case of multiple entry)
NAME (N.B. please state if you wish to be credited by a different name)

The closing date for entries is January 8th 2024. Entries which do not meet the entry requirements and entries which are received after the closing date will not be considered.


Personal data will only be retained and used by the Buxton Festival Fringe for the purposes of this competition. Personal data will not be passed on to any other parties without the prior express consent of the data subject.


The image must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or violates a third party's intellectual property rights, including but not limited to the law of copyright or trade marks. It must not be subject to any third party rights or agreement which may require the Buxton Festival Fringe to seek permission from or pay any sum of money to any person or entity as a result of its use. By submitting an entry in the competition, each entrant represents and warrants that his or her image meets these criteria.


Each entrant warrants that their entries are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of their image and that they have the right to grant all required licenses.


Each entry will be judged by a panel of judges consisting of the Fringe Chair, the Fringe Programme Designer and members of the Fringe Committee. Decisions and rulings of the judges are final and binding. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if no entry is submitted which they judge worthy of the prize. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.


a) All shortlisted designs will be displayed on the Buxton Festival Fringe website and it is possible that some may be considered as cover artwork for future programmes.

b) The winning design will be used on the cover of the 2024 Fringe programme and the artist will be credited. Opportunities for further publicity may be possible with the design likely to be used across our marketing and a press release issued about the winning artist.

c) The winner will be awarded a cash prize of £100.

The winner and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email by the end of January 2024.


Each entrant will retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in the image submitted (including moral rights). However, by entering the competition, each entrant grants to Buxton Festival Fringe a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide basis, any necessary and relevant permissions relating to the reproduction of their entry in any media, as part of the publication and promotion of the programme/flyer. For the purposes of production and promotion of the programme/flyer some alteration of the entry may be necessary. However no such alteration will be made without the permission of the entrant.