Me & FYC pop up shop,

Me&FYC was a partnership event opportunity for businesses to platform their skills and work alongside a Creative Industries Hub in the heart of Blackpool.
FYCreatives offered a collaboration for designers and maker businesses to platform their wares in a Pop-Up retail space supported by a programme of events and seasonal promotions.

The Pop Up Shop Boutique opened in empty premises at 99 Church Street, Blackpool on Thursday 5th Dec. A partnership between FYCreatives & Grundy Art Gallery, gave a town centre empty space, life again by filling it with the work of 17 local designer makers.

Verb New Voices

The Arts Council has partnered with BBC MediaCity to offer three writers – one based in the North East, one in the North West, one in Yorkshire – the opportunity to generate vibrant new work which reflects something unique about Northern culture.

 Poets, spoken word practitioners, fiction writers and artists who use words and sound will be given a generous bursary to write a new piece for radio broadcast and live showcase, appearing on Ian McMillan’s programme The Verb.

 Radio 3 voice coaches and producers will work alongside five National Portfolio Organisations to support the performance skills of the chosen artists, who will appear on platforms across the North and digitally in 2014.

 Deadline for submissions: 5pm on Friday 13 December 2013

 How to apply:

Tickets on Sale now

Sat 2nd November, Grundy Art Gallery.

On Saturday 2nd November, to mark the close of our current exhibition, Zoe Beloff’s DREAMLAND: The Coney Island Amateur Pyschoanalytic Society and the Blackpool Chapter, the gallery will host Freud In Blackpool; a day-long symposium. Organised in consultation with the Freud Museum in London, the event will be the first of its kind to be staged by the gallery and will explore in greater depth both the exhibition and the history of Freud’s visits to Blackpool, together with an examination of broader themes and questions arising from the interconnection between the fairground and Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis. A range of writers, artists and historians will discuss this unlikely conjunction in relation to literature, film and visual culture.

Speakers:Zoe Beloff
Michael Eaton
Vanessa Toulmin
Scott Wilson

With a performance

from MOUTH (Edia Connole and Scott Wilson) and a reading from ‘Memories, Dreams and Reflections’, a new play by Blackpool-based playwright David Riley.

Tickets for the symposium are £15/£10 students (includes lunch) and are available here via
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
About contributors:

Zoe Beloff

Zoe Beloff is an artist working in a range of media including film, projection, performance, installation and drawing. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screening at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the MHKA Museum, Antwerp and the Pompidou Center, Paris. She is a professor at Queens College CUNY, New York.

Michael EatonProfessor Michael Eaton MBE, is a screenwriter who specialises in docudrama. His work includes ‘Shipman’, ‘Shoot To Kill’ and ‘Who Bombed Lockerbie?’ His fictional work includes ‘Flowers and the Forest’ and the TV series ‘Signs and Wonders’. He has adapted works by George Eliot and Charles Dickens for BBC Radio 4. His most recent play, based on the life of legendaryVictorian criminal Charlie Peace and set in Nottingham’s Goose Fair opened at the Nottingham Playhouse earlier this month.

Vanessa Toulmin

Professor Vanessa Toulmin is Research Director of the National Fairground Archive, Sheffield, a national research facility for the study of folklore, customs and language. She comes from a Lancashire showland family, and completed her PhD researching the social history of travelling showpeople. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 1997 for outstanding achievement.

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, London. His research interests include cultural and critical theory, particularly psychoanalysis and the legacy of Georges Bataille. Recent books include: ‘The Order of Joy: Beyond adn the Cultural Politics of Enjoyment’ and ‘Great Satan’s Rage: American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism’. He is co-editor of the Journel for Cultural Research and co-editor of The Bataille Reader.


MOUTH is an actionist art project in culinary divinomics formed in March 2012 by Edia Connole and Scott Wilson. Recent events include: Land: A Scarcity Banquet, Prosperity Project, Dublin (2013), The Other North Symposium with Jesse Jones, CCA Derry (2013), ‘Break Bread Open’, FACT, Liverpool Biennial (2012).

David Riley

David Riley is a writer, poet and historian based in Blackpool. His play ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections imagines the recollections of Freud thinking back to his visits to Blackpool, amongst other moments in the psychoanalyst’s life.

Image: Zoe Beloff, DREAMLAND model. Photo: Chris Park © Talbot Rice Gallery.


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Archives and Conversations, Shadows Pass
Lisa Wigham
A New Commission for Central Drive Culture Shops
Lisa  Wigham has installed a new work of public art in the windows of an empty shop on Central Drive. This is next door to the Big Local Revoe-lution and was once known as Charmantra Coiffures.
This new work has been made in response to the current social concerns of residents and memories about the place.
‘What I discovered about Central Drive and its community during the research phase of this project is its contrasts that have co-existed throughout the ages. The Drive is an English high street of shops and businesses facing the challenges of retail when half the shops are empty.  It is however surrounded by a busy neighbourhood of terraced houses, guest houses and hostels and is a stones-throw from the promenade with its arcades of carnival-esque wonderment and sandy beach.  Its floating population of seasonal workers and opportunity seekers has existed alongside an established working class community throughout the growth of Blackpool’s tourist industry since the early 1900’s.
I wanted my shop window display to recall the history of buildings and life of the neighbourhood since the early 1900’s as a way for people to reflect on their own relationship with the place.’
In order to make the work, Lisa Wigham delved into history archives for clues about the past, walked around the neighbourhood and retraced her footsteps from childhood. Lisa took photos of shop signage and chatted to business owners, visited old and new acquaintances and called  family to share their stories about feuds and friendships at the ‘Mecca Club’, renting flats, local myths and legendary characters they met along the way.
Spending time with Angie, Summer and Tina in the Revoe-lution hub also provided valued insights into life in the neighbourhood. Lisa was always curious about the question -what are the things in life to have changed and what has stayed the same through the eras, despite the changes in society?
Blackpool has many cultural curiosities in the collective consciousness of the nation and by bringing new life to forgotten spaces, and making them look cared for -Lisa likes to spark the interest of audiences near and far.
This amalgamation of ideas and information was arranged into an essence and is displayed as fragments of playful and poetic text designed to trigger thoughts while viewed in passing, whether on foot or in a moving vehicle as the shop itself remains closed.
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Other works by Lisa Wigham can currently be seen at:
‘Sub-Plots to a City’ a public art commission in the waiting room at Preston Train Station
‘Lost Luggage Revival’ – a novel for sale in the Grundy Art Gallery
All works can be viewed and purchased from:


big local and Culture Shops

Culture Shops has been hard at work in partnership with Blackpool Neighbourhoods Service, CVS and The Big Local Revoe, with support from Ward Councillors Graham Cain and John Jones, to get the new Information Hub at 77-81 Central Drive ready and ship-shape for its official launch on Saturday 15 June.

Volunteers have been working tirelessly to create a friendly hub where people from the local community can come and find out more about the Revoe Big Local  and how they can get involved and make a difference.

The Revoe Big Local is being opened by The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Eddie Collett at 1pm, and there will be entertainment, activities and refreshments for all the family.

This is also the last weekend that the Round 2 Culture Shops artists will have their work on display before the new round of artists install their work next week, so please do come and have a look at the fantastic installations by Boz & Mr Dee, Aunty Social and Brendan Bunting.

The Big Local Revolution Information Hub launch is Saturday 15 June, 1-4pm, and thereafter it will be staffed by volunteers every Thursday, Friday & Saturday afternoon.