Linzi’s bid to bring Carbooty to resort

Linzi Cason

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Photographer, artist and workshop provider Linzi Cason is hoping to bring a very special kind of car boot sale to Blackpool.

Linzi, who runs Squirrel and Tiffin – a creative business specialising in photographic screen-printed products and creative workshops, has been carrying out research across the country, meeting other artists and helping set up exhibitions.

And after meeting sisters Helen and Elizabeth Wewiora, she has been inspired to either bring their Art Carbooty here to the resort, or replicate something similar.

Linzi, formerly Blackpool Council’s first official photographer, said: “Wewiora Projects have been running the Great Northern Art Carbooty – which currently resides in Manchester – for a number of years.

“They are working towards touring the carbooty, and I would like to bring an event like this to Blackpool – something different, with a contemporary feel.”

The Northern Art Carbooty invites artists to being their wares along, with members of the public invited too, plus entertainment.

According to the website, its aims is that people “through trade, exchange and gifting, might consider, explore and celebrate the social aspects, hidden words and stories behind car boots and table top sales.”

It offers a platform for designers, artists, artisan-makers and individuals to show and showcase their wares. Linzi said: “It’s in the early stages, but I would like to bring the Carbooty here, or duplicate it here.

“At the moment, I’m researching venues and talking to and looking for artists.”

Linzi recently received funding from LeftCoast, a public/private partnership, for developing her skills as a creative leader in Blackpool.

She also was awarded £5,000 this summer to take over the only two static trams at Tram Sunday with two art installations.

Linzi said: “That was something completely different for me, and I decided to do something quirky and a bit unique.”

She put together a display which included a terrarium – using real-life trees and plants and knitted insects such as bees and butterflies in a secret garden, a camera obscura – a type of optical device which eventually led to photography, and a creative workshop.

Earlier this year Linzi, who has been a freelance photographer for the last five years, and worked with companies such as Royal Mail, Yell.com and the Daily Star, ran a project which involved opening a high street gallery in the old Disney store in Blackpool, where people could come in and learn new artistic skills for free throughout January – after receiving an Arts Council grant.

lFor more details visit www.squirrelandtiffin.co.uk or email hello@squirrelandtiffin.co.uk.