Farewell to the art Fayre

Blackpool Art Fayre
Blackpool Art Fayre

This weekend is the last chance to visit the Blackpool Art Fayre, boasting five exhibitions in one.

Artwork from almost 450 local artists and schoolchildren across the Fylde coast have been on display at the Grundy Art Gallery over the past 11 weeks.

The five exhibitions on show, all showcase something different.

The Blackpool Art Fayre includes five separate exhibitions in one. The first is the ‘Blackpool Open’, in which any artist currently making work in the local area was invited to participate.

A second exhibition is staged by the Blackpool Art Society, which has a history dating back over 130 years and is one of the oldest such societies in the country. While on the other end of the spectrum, the third exhibition features work from one of Blackpool’s newest arts organisations, Abingdon Studios.

The fourth and largest exhibition features work from more than 300 children, from 13 school and community groups .

While the fifth is split into two parts; ‘Old Favourites’ and new artworks that have been acquired in the last few years, including a key piece by leading British artist Tracey Emin.

Coun 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.

“I would highly recommend a visit to the Grundy to see all the imaginative works on display. I took my family to visit last weekend. The kids loved the illuminations drawings and the neon lights. My wife and I really loved the art from the local residents especially the ones of Blackpool scenes.”

Grundy Curator Richard Parry added: “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 and Yinka Shonibare MBE.

“The exhibition is a coming together of the various strands of our work and the Fayre is a real testament to the talent and inspiration here in Blackpool.”

The Blackpool Art Fayre is open at the Grundy Gallery until Saturday. Admission is free.