Double the treat for artists as resort hosts exhibitions

A work by Jospeh Pegler
A work by Jospeh Pegler
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The artists among you are in luck – there’s not just one new exhibition hitting town today but two.

At FYCreatives Gallery on Church Street is an exhibition featuring the work of artists from all over the world, while over at The Grundy prepare yourself for a show featuring giant puppets.

In a town where people sometimes grumble that there aren’t enough cultural things to do, this is two for the price of one.

Let’s start at FYCreatives where there is an exhibition by The Lucky Jotter. This is essentially a talented Norbreck lad called Joseph Pegler, who has invited independent artists from around the globe to provide original pieces of work.

“Some of the art we have received is fantastic,” said Joseph, a former pupil at Cardinal Allen in Fleetwood, who has put on other Lucky Jotter exhibitions in Berlin and Manchester.

“And as well as featuring actual artwork on the walls – some of which I’d describe as quite abstract – we are premiering a ‘Desktop Artists’ feature, on computers and on our website. This is to illustrate some of the very best of online and digital art.

“We are featuring work from as far afield as Argentina, Ukraine and Mexico.

“I am really excited about it and I hope it gives the audiences a refreshing look into the great work artists are creating online across the work.”

The exhibition kicks off tonight from 6-8pm (when there’s a chance to meet some of the artists involved, including Joseph), and will run until May 2. The gallery opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-4.30pm.

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The exhibition at The Grundy, next to Central Library in the town centre, is called Puppet Show and opens tomorrow at 2pm and runs for six weeks, until May 31.

The whole gallery has been transformed into a puppet state, the work of artists Tom Bloor and Celine Condorelli.

“It is about examining how artists have explored the particular qualities of puppets, drawing out their capacity to function as impersonators, imposters and generally dubious characters,” said Richard Parry, curator at The Grundy.

“The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive public programme with performances, workshops and discussions. Blackpool has a long association with puppetry and I think it is an excellent thing to bring to town.”

It opens tomorrow at 2pm. For more information contact The Grundy – which is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm - on 01253 478170.