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The third phase of Blackpool’s Culture Shops programme is being launched on Friday at FYCreatives on Church Street from 6 to 7.30pm.

During the evening there will be an opportunity to meet many of the artists who have been involved in the programme to date and the evening will culminate in a short tour of the window installations on the streets.

Funded through Arts Council England with a grant from the National Lottery and the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Empty Shops Fund, the Culture Shops programme has been developed by the Arts Service to improve the appearance of empty shops in the town centre and to provide local artists with a showcase for their work.

The Phase 3 programme will see five new window installations – on Cookson Street, Deansgate and in the former Bar Red windows in St John’s Square, featuring artwork by Barbara Phillips, Tom Ireland, Shirley Sloman, Charlotte Lonican and Maggie McManus.

The programme carries on into early autumn with displays from artists working with Supercollider Contemporary Arts Projects, Matthew Forest’s ITZA collective and a Pop Up shop creative workshops in August with community group Aunty Social and a special exhibition in Bar Red by Corinne Streetly from Splott for the Rebellion punk festival.