Blackburn is being transformed into one giant art gallery – as the Creative Spaces project is unveiled.
Thirteen artists are in the process of creating work or installing existing work, all along the theme of ‘community’.
The Creative Spaces art project is being led by Blackburn BID in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, and funded by the European Union and H M Government’s Reopening High Street Safely programme.
Twenty eight artists applied to take part in the exhibition. The winning submissions were selected by a judging panel consisting of Catherine Price, Blackburn town centre BID Manager; Rebecca Johnson from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Julia Simpson from Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Townscape Heritage programme, and Lauren Zawadzki from the National Festival of Making.
Catherine Price, Blackburn town centre BID Manager, said: “It will transform Blackburn town centre in a giant art gallery, with locations including Blackburn Northgate, the former Subway, the Making Rooms, shops in The Mall, Planters and outdoor space.
“Visitors may have already spotted a few of the installations popping up around the town centre and more information about the artwork will be available on the Experience Blackburn app.”
Creative Spaces will run from week commencing 17 May to mark Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown and the art installations will be in-situ for at least three months.
They will complement the ‘of Earth and Sky’ poetry trail, by the team behind the National Festival of Making.
To find out more, download the Experience Blackburn app and click on the ‘trails’ tag.
The installations include:
- ‘Red Roses’ by Anna Jakovleva
- ‘Narrowboat Sign’ by Dale Cocker
- ‘The Power of Colour’ by Emma Colbert
- ‘Storylog trail’ by Emma Dawson Varughese
- ‘The Crowd’ by Feona Hadcroft
- ‘For The Community, By The Community’ by Laura Edwards
- ‘We’re looking forward’ by Robert Howell
- ‘With love from Blackburn’ by Stella Boothman
- ‘Cardboard Blackburn’ by Tim Neath
- ‘Everyday Life’ by Victoria Riley
- National Festival of Making 2021 Commission: 10 Sculptures Created with the local Community by Ellie Barrett
- National Festival of Making 2021 Commission: Illustrations by Daniel Nelson
- ‘Inclusive Community’ by Juvairiyya Patel