This Halloween Manchester’s favourite art market, Carbooty, leaves it’s home in Ancoats to head over to Blackpool for the launch of it’s inaugural event in Britain’s favourite seaside town! The Blackpool Art Carbooty will not only coincide with Halloween but with the penultimate weekend of the Blackpool Illuminations 2015 programme offering a fantastic opportunity for an all ages alternative cultural day out.Hosted in Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens the Art Carbooty will feature artists from across both Lancashire and Greater Manchester offering a unique opportunity to buy original artworks at accessible prices. The programme encourages the production and sale of, as well as participation in, high quality art and creative experiences. Designed to speak to all ages and create affordable opportunities to purchase original art, craft and design, prices start at £1 and are capped at £50. The programme also works to connect artists and creatives, to encourage new artistic collaborations between one another but also with the communities located in and around where the events take place. We loved hosting Carbooty earlier in the year and can vouch that it is truly a magnificent event!
The inaugural Blackpool Art Carbooty also features the premier of a new performance commission Pier to Pier #Bigthings by Blackpool’s Harry Clayton-Wright and Manchester’s Richard Shields. The two will be coming together to collaborate in Blackpool in between both artists’ international schedules, Clayton-Wright returning from an extensive tour with the acclaimed Miss Behave.
The performance will spill out into the streets around the Winter Gardens and invoke the nostalgia felt by those who remember Blackpool as a child but have re-engaged with the town as adults. Whilst being about collective memories of Blackpool, the piece will pay homage to the artists’ own memories and experiences of Blackpool, in particular interpreting these by playing with size and scale in order to distort our perceptions and create a sense of wonderment. Expect everything from curious adaptations of traditional seaside paraphernalia, characters that fuse together British folklore, seaside glam, seafront sales men and fair attendants, to creative technology designed to enable the public to take part and produce their own souvenir of their experience to take home!
Not to be missed will be Manchester treasure and internationally celebrated northern illustrator Stanley Chow. Blackpool Art Carbooty are excited to be launching an exclusive and new body of Stanley Chow Blackpool inspired prints. These will include the iconic Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens, as well as Blackpool legends such as Stanley Matthews, all showing alongside work from his back catalogue, and all available for £5 or less! As always with Northern Art Carbooty, Blackpool will have a strong print offer, hosting artists such as Jayne Simpson who works with colographs, screen prints and photopolymer etchings, Lisa Wigham who started The Two a.m. Press in Blackpool in order to make books and prints as portable works of art and more.
These are just a few of the new faces and spaces to look out for, with many more to be announced from around the region.
The event is a day out, a social affair, peppered with even more performance, Blackpool’s Urban Dance Project, music from Cowbell Radio’s Mark ‘Chinny’ Davis, and Niche Shops film from 3Cheers Productions. Sumptuous cream teas will be served from Winter Gardens’ Mezze Cafe and for those who fancy something stronger the venue’s well stocked bar should satisfy, especially as it is also home to the popular musicians Pineapple Jack!
There really is something for everyone, free to visit and purchases all at car boot prices!