Could you design our 2020 programme cover?

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

Programme Cover 2019

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 2020! The deadline is November 1st 2019! Thousands of programmes will be printed. The winning artwork will also be publicised on the Fringe website, on the Fringe flyer, in advertising and in the press and there will be a £100 prize for the winner.

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


The winning entry will showcase 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.

We will incorporate the logo of our sponsor, the University of Derby, in the bottom left hand corner. Its exact dimensions and position are shown on the template (see right).

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)

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


This is entirely up to you!


Original artwork may be in any medium 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 November 1st 2019. 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 and Vice 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 2020 Fringe programme and the artist will be credited. Opportunities for further publicity may be possible.

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

The winner and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email by December 1st 2019.


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.