Streets are free art gallery for weekend

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend.
Blackpool artist Christian Fenn.

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend. Blackpool artist Christian Fenn.

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Blackpool becomes a blank canvas for international artists this weekend as the resort hosts the annual Sand, Sea and Spray urban art festival.

Among the street painters who will be transforming brick walls into masterpieces of colour are Yiannis Hajdipanayis from Iceland, and Fabian Florin, from Switzerland.

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend.
Dale Grimshaw at work.

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend. Dale Grimshaw at work.

They will be teaming up with Ivos Santos from Portugal to paint a wall opposite the Iceland store on Topping Street.

The trio are members of Colour Nomads, an international crew of street artists who travel the world.

Yiannis said: “It’s my first time in Blackpool but Fabian told me it is a good event and I had to be here.

“We are going to paint ourselves on the wall as crazy colour scientists.”

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend.
Dale Grimshaw at work.

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend. Dale Grimshaw at work.

Fabian added: “We get a great welcome in Blackpool, people stop and talk to you while you are painting and bring you coffee and food.

“Street art is the art of today. It hits a nerve of the time and the whole city is an open, free gallery.

“Last year I painted owls, and when I posted pictures on Facebook I had millions of hits.”

Another artist Dale Grimshaw, originally from Accrington but now based in London, said: “I always like to come back and paint in Lancashire, it’s an extraordinary event.”

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend.
L-R Yiannis Hajdipanayis, Fabian Florin, Dale Grimshaw, Jay Sharples, Dave Healey and Christian Fenn.

Start of the Sand, Sea and Spray street art weekend. L-R Yiannis Hajdipanayis, Fabian Florin, Dale Grimshaw, Jay Sharples, Dave Healey and Christian Fenn.

Between today and Sunday around 30 artists will be in Blackpool painting at various sites around the town centre.