Its been a very busy 12 months for me as I was commissioned by Arts Council England to host the Northern Art Carbooty in Manchester and tour this model to Blackpool in October 2015 although the work started in October 2014!
The event was made up of live art including Paper Gallery artist Rachel Pursglove and the ‘repetitive task’, table top selling from the likes of Stanley Chow, food, music, community led stalls and a special performance from Urban Dance Project.
With just over one week to go we are super excited for our next art commission at Fleetwoods Tram Sunday. This year LeftCoast (a local Creative People in Places funding initiative) have commissioned various artists and creatives to be apart of their half of Tram Sunday – the Spare Parts Festival.
I decided to apply for funding to do something quirky and unique on board two trams and have been successful in gaining the grant. This side of Squirrel & Tiffin is quite a new approach having been an artist for many years but never curating an independent art space.
This commission includes a terrarium, camera obscura as well as creative workshop and some very exciting theatre.
So come along to Pharos Street on Sunday 20th July between 10-5pm and we will gladly welcome you on board!
I have had a busy few weeks getting ready for a large Commission (supported by LeftCoast Blackpool) that involves us curating a space at the next Tram Sunday in Fleetwood. I have two vintage trams and through various creative ways I will be making these an immersive experience for all who goes on board the static spaces.
One tram will be a terrarium and filled with live trees and foliage as well as lots of tiny knitted insects and flowers. I am looking for anyone and everyone to be involved and to contribute as much or as little to the project as possible.
Interested? Here are the details…
Yesterday was the last day of the first week at the exhibition space and we were delighted to hold the mixed media workshop via collage artists Tracey Eastham.
First of all we were introduced to the idea that using negative space we can create an image, a reverse stencil if you like, and gain results that are simple but very effective. Selecting images from books, calendars, maps and materials bought in we started to pull out objects or scenes that we then traced the outline using tracing paper.
The tracing paper is then turned around on the back of a desired pattern and redrawn leaving an imprint for us to then cut out using a scalpal. This then reveals a beautiful paper cut without much freehand needed.
During the last ten weeks I have been busy trying to get the Squirrel & Tiffin exhibition, workshop and arts cafe space ready for the opening. To say I have had to beg, steal or borrow is an understatement!
With little or no budget to get the space looking right I knew it would be a challenge but with the help of Houndshill Blackpool it came together nicely. First of all they painted the walls white so I had a base to hang the work. I was then able to fashion together some tables out of pallets they delivered which filled out the gigantic space to make two distinct areas – workshop bench and cafe.
The next challenge was to get some seats for people so I spoke to the team at North Pier who kindly delivered some golden chairs adding some sparkle to the space!
Once the work was up, floors swept, windows washed, wood table tops cut and secured, window designed and drawn, black backdrops painted, information printed and nailed up, flowers cut, pillars painted, vases crafted, table runners made.. I was ready for the open night!
A big thanks go to the following for supporting the project and making it all happen – Arts Council England, Blackpool Houndshill, Blackpool BID, Cafe Fresch, North Pier, Junes Fabrics, Savoy Timber, Hotbed Press, Harrington & Squires, Garth Gratrix and all my lovely friends and family too!