Fancy taking in five art exhibitions in one, free to enter with over 400 participants and something for everyone? Then get your skates on and get yourself down to The Grundy before the Blackpool Art Fayre closes at the end of this week. If you are still unsure and wondering what makes up the quintet read on:-
An eclectic mix of submitted work from local artists. Some of the exhibits are available for sale if what you would look good on your wall.
Blackpool Art Society
The society has a 130 year tradition, making it one of the oldest in the country. The work of current members is of a very high standard and worth a look in its own right.
Abingdon Studios feature
The Grundy has invited artists from one of Blackpool’s newest arts organisations, Abingdon Studios, which is already establishing a growing reputation in the North West and across the UK through its exhibitions, studios and support for emerging and established artists living and working in the local area.
Over 300 schoolchildren and young people from 13 schools have created new drawings inspired by Blackpool’s Illuminations Archive and the history in the town. The Grundy facilitated workshops and drawing activities asking the young people to make their own versions of the original early drawings and designs for neon artworks.
Old And Not So Old Favourites
The final part of the Fayre includes two exhibitions using the Grundy’s permanent art collection. The first assembles ‘Old Favourites’ and the second brings together new artworks that have been acquired in the last few years, in particular surrounding its new strand of collecting light-based artworks recognising the town’s history with light.
Cllr Luke Taylor, Lead Member for Arts on Blackpool Council, said: “The Blackpool Art Fayre is a fantastic showcase of the diverse creative talent across so many of our communities. It is wonderful to see such enthusiasm from both budding and established artists.
Grundy Curator Richard Parry said of the Blackpool Art Fayre: “One of the thrilling things has been to display so much amazing art from both the artists and schoolchildren who live in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast alongside the work of nationally celebrated artists such as Tracey Emin.
Blackpool Art Fayre runs until Saturday 18 March for more information visit grundyartgallery.com
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