Blackpool Art Carbooty saw nearly 2000 members of the public enter the Derham Lounge doors of the Winter Gardens with a host of art, design, craft and performances on offer when they arrived.
With regular Northern Art Carbooty artists Makers Dozen, who invited the public to co-create and become a Maker in their own right, Stanley Chow’s specially designed Blackpool prints, and Open Music Archive selling the re-spliced tunes to new Blackpool new comers Richard Oughton and his beautiful images of Northern Soul, Karl Child’s photographic memories of Blackpool and up and coming talent on show from Blackpool and Fylde College students all on offer, we had a rich mix of arts and crafts on the day!
We managed to bring Manchester’s community group, Nippy Knitters along to share their Northern Art Carbooty commissioned wares and they finally got to meet Blackpool community peers Palatine Knitters, who are regularly based at Blackpool Library.
Whilst Blackpool Boys and Girls Club from Mereside got to showcase their recent screen printed art works, selling T-Shirts and Zines created with workshop artist Squirrel and Tiffin.
It was also fantastic to work with regional talent, Bethany Cassidy and Paper Gallery, both of which brought interactive and performative elements to their stalls.
Our major commission which ran throughout the day, was the live art performance and installation by Richard Shields and Harry Clayton Wright, Pier to Pier (#BigThings) animated the space and brought the memories and stereotypes of Blackpool to life.
Check out the video element of the commission here