An arty solution for empty shop

The former Claire's Accessories shop on Victoria Street has been taken over by an innovative community project from Blackpool and The Fylde College's School of Creative Arts.
The former Claire's Accessories shop on Victoria Street has been taken over by an innovative community project from Blackpool and The Fylde College's School of Creative Arts.
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ART students are bringing their creative talents to Blackpool town centre after taking over an empty shop.

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s School of Creative Arts have moved into the former Claire’s Accessories shop on Victoria Street in a bid to get more people engaging with the arts.

The former retail unit has been transformed into a Pop-Up Creative Hub and a calendar of innovative events started on Saturday with a day dedicated to art.

The windows have been transformed into a makeshift gallery so shoppers can enjoy the work of talented students as they browse in the town centre.

Photography students opened a picture booth and members of the public were invited in to see their work in action.

There were even opportunities to get involved with a live fashion shoot and free portrait session.

Later, fine art students showed off their talents with a Doodle Wall where they allowed people to test their own artistic talents on the wall.

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Jonathon Rowe, curriculum leader said: “The School of Creative Arts is the premier provider of art, design and performing arts in the region.

“The Pop-Up Creative Hub is about demonstrating and harnessing raw creativity and a chance for the public to access to real work in process.

“We hope people will come along and experience the wide ranging disciplines available at the School of Creative Arts.

“They can also meet our students to get a feel for what it’s like to study at the school.

“Whether you think creative arts is for you or not, these events will be a fun experience so join us.”

This weekend fashion and acting skills were the focus of events in the hub when dedicated followers took part in a session called Catwalk Creativity.

People with an interest in fashion and design were invited to spend the morning with fashion and textiles students doing live design and making garments.

After lunch, an acting improvisation workshop was held with would-be thespians joining acting students to develop an Oscar worthy performance.

The window exhibition will be available to view until Monday May 13 and all workshops are free.

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