Blackpool is to be turned into one huge art gallery in the biggest free Urban Art event ever held in the United Kingdom.
Sand Sea & Spray the Urban Art event, will see four sites convert the resort into a working art gallery over one weekend – and it’s all free.
The event will run from Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22 with more than 40 artists from four continents displaying and creating their work at the four sites on Blackpool North Pier, the rear of Club Sanuk behind North Promenade, the walls around the Car Park at the junction of Cookson Street and Church Street and the inside of Talbot Road Bus Station.
Arriving in Blackpool for the weekend will be artists from Canada, Chile, Spain, France, Germany, Australia, Greece, Poland, Portugal and all over the UK.
Indigo from Canada is making a 10,000 mile round trip to paint and is one of the leading ladies of Street Art.
Proving it’s an equal opportunity art world will be Kashink from France and Faunagraphic from Sheffield.
Osch from Chile will be painting a replica Mini on North Pier, Jokin and Mikel from Spain have never painted in the UK before and The Krah from Greece are highlighted in a current V&A Art Gallery UK tour of street art prints.
The UK contigent feature legends of Urban Art including; Inkie and SPQR from Bristol, BestEver and the Toasters, and Keminifink with Title from the Midlands.
Sand, Sea & Spray has been devised and organised by Blackpool-based former radio presenter and DJ Robin Ross.
Now an acclaimed artist himself he says: “Street Art has evolved from writing based graffiti into a rich and demographic form of visual expression, the genre has become a global phenomenon.
“The talent which will be on show in Blackpool is nothing less than awesome. The event has had amazing support from The Arts Council, Lottery Funding, Blackpool Council, Derek Woodman Mini, Virgin Trains, Zilch, the Pleasure Beach, Club Sanuk, Visit Blackpool, Granthams, DTF plus Red Bull and many more.
“It is a truly international art event taking place in Blackpool – and it is unlike anything ever seen in the resort before.”
Interest from the Artists had surpassed his expectations, he said.
“They are fascinated by the concept and really looking forward to coming to Blackpool,” he said. “It started as an acorn of idea but it has just grown and gown with more and more artists still interested in joining.
“It’s not just Blackpool that hasn’t seen anything like this before – it’s a first for the whole country.”
On the Friday from 6 to 7pm there is meet the artists gathering with six of the participants attending a free question and answer session at the Grundy Art Gallery. Painting is on Saturday on Sunday
“This is Europe’s biggest urban art event of 2011,” said Robin.
“It has been four years in the planning, 12 months on logistics and now it’s a reality.”