Recent local arts activities have included several strands related to live on housing estates.  UNIT showed Andrea Luke Zimmerman’s 2015 film “Estate – A Reverie’, about life on the Haggerston Estate in Hackney. The Grundy aired Duncan Campbell’s film ‘Falls Burns Malone Fiddles’ using images from the Belfast Community Photographic Archive. And this weekend there is a chance to see a more local perspective with an exhibition at Little Marton Windmill about Blackpool’s very own Mereside estate.

Over the last eight months artist Lisa Wigham has been working with the communities of Mereside as part of the ‘Mereside at Play’ programme, to explore the notion of “play” throughout the history of the estate. Through a range of interactive workshops and outings she has collected a selection of stories, images, artefacts and memories from the local residents and has now brought all her findings together in a fascinating exhibition.

The exhibition titled “Mereside Memories” is taking place at the windmill from Friday 28 October until Monday 31 October from 10.30am. This free event explores how Mereside’s green spaces can be used for creative play. Also on the 31 October, Mereside Children’s Centre will be hosting a free creative activity for children to coincide with the exhibition. Booking for the activity is essential, please put your name down in the children’s centre.

Lisa Wigham, Artist in residence at Mereside, said “It has been a delight meeting the local residents of Mereside and hearing about their lovely heart-warming stories about their time on the The Mereside Estate. Creating this exhibition has been a joy and it has been a pleasure of mine to share their experiences in a creative way. I have loved being a part of the Mereside at Play Programme.”

For more information or to subscribe for updates about Mereside at Play visit meresideatplay.org.  The exhibition is open until 2pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday whilst on Monday you can catch up with it until 3.30pm.

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