Craig gets arty at the town hall

Craig Hodgkinson has been working with Blackpool Council's art department.
Craig Hodgkinson has been working with Blackpool Council's art department.
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THIS Blackpool student has put his ‘art and soul’ into the town.

Craig Hodgkinson has made his mark on Blackpool’s art scene in just a matter of months.

The 17-year-old has been working with Blackpool Council on a unique internship as an arts development officer.

Craig has worked alongside professionals, including artists, event organisers and performers, to engineer the Wordpool Festival among other events, offering him a unique insight into the resort’s blossoming arts scene.

He said: “It’s been quite an experience and a unique opportunity at my age.

“I’ve worked with people I wouldn’t otherwise have met and participated in a festival I didn’t before know existed.

“And it was the biggest one they’ve had by far.

“It was great to work to a common goal to present art.”

Craig, who is in Upper Sixth at Blackpool Sixth Form College, helped to host the Gramophone’s theatrical End to End event in the college on Blackpool Old Road in November.

He said: “It was a bit surreal to go out of lessons and into working the festival.”

He also helped to organise a family fun day at The Oracle, in Blackpool, as part of the Wordpool Festival, the annual events, performances and workshops for lovers of language.

Craig said: “That was my first long, working day and it was very interesting. Prior to it, I’d sent out material to organise people holding stands at the event, that was good to know I’d helped to get them there and create that.”

But though Craig, of Fleetwood Road, Carleton, has enjoyed his time in events he is hoping to draw on his experience to forge a career as an author.

He added: “I’ve always been interested in the arts but my main aim is to become an author.”

He now has just a few weeks left in the internship, which he started at the end of September, before concentrating on his studies ahead of starting a university course in philosophy in September.

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