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Sand, Sea and Spray Urban Art at the end of Blackpool's North Pier.
Sand, Sea and Spray Urban Art at the end of Blackpool's North Pier.
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If you do one thing this weekend, get yourself to the third annual Urban Arts Festival: Sand Sea & Spray event.

More than 40 big names from the world of urban art are jetting into town to show off their work, including artists from Spain, Australia, Chile, France and Italy.

There is also plenty of homegrown talent with five Blackpool based artists, all making a name for themselves on the national scene, in their hometown to show what they can do.

Sand, Sea & Spray will take place in six different locations:

Deansgate (the hub of creativity and the home of the developing art scene in Blackpool); Adelaide Street (100 year old, Grade II listed picture frames are being brought into the 21st century with the canvases being painted by fantastic urban artists); Car park, Central Drive/Palatine Road (young people from the local area will have the chance to work alongside established artists as they paint the walls together); Church Street car park (already a focal point for street art and about to be decorated with something completely different); Ocean Boulevard (where a vintage static tram which will be transformed by one of the artists); and The Sun Lounge on North Pier;

The idea is to breathe new life - through the use of contemporary, vibrant art - into historic parts of Blackpool.

You can also pop into ‘The Shop’ in the Hounds Hill shopping centre, a unit which is open seven days a week until June 20 and offers the public the chance to buy pieces by the artists.

As a sponsor of this event for a second successive year, FYCreatives are housing an exhibition of some of the artists work, while tomorrow there will be a Q&A session with several of the artists in the Theatre Bar in the Winter Gardens. That starts at 6pm and is free admission.