The Urban Arts Studio on St Annes Road West has recently opened its doors on an array of abstract and classical paintings all made by people who found solace in creativity.
Curator Boz Phillips, of the Last Legs Community Arts organisation, said: “I was offered the opportunity to use the walls as a space to put up community artwork to promote local artists, professional and non-professional. It’s really just trying to give artists and local creatives somewhere to exhibit their art which they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do.
“It’s therapeutic as well – ‘art is for health’ is our slant on it. We are a community arts organisation, so its a good space for us to use. New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes.
Pictured are artists Robert Haworth, Boz Phillips, Diane Duxbury with manager James Hunter.
“It benefits people, it helps their self esteem. To get people into a creative mindset can often be a distraction from other things that are going on in their lives. It really does help community come together. It’s something that is overlooked a lot, but it’s a really good way of helping people look at life a bit more positively.
“Then there’s the opportunity for people to sell their art, which most non-professional artists wouldn’t be able to do.”
The show, which features paintings from Robert Haworth, Leah Payne, Diane Duxbury and Andrew Greenwood, can be viewed on Thursdays and Fridays.
Diane, 63, a graffiti and abstract artist, was approached by Boz to take part in the show after rediscovering her love of painting while recovering from a back operation.
New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes. Pictured is Robert Haworth.
She said: “I’ve always loved art. I did it at school and was always interested, but I thought I was never very good at drawing people or landscapes. It was only when I had a bit of time on my hands off work that I started messing about with the paints really – the bigger the better.
“The Urban Arts Studio is trying to promote different people, which I think is brilliant. There’s not many people around here who do it.”
New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes. Pictured is Boz Phillips.
New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes. Pictured is Diane Duxbury.
Currently offering exhibition space on walls at this amazing music, performance and art space in the heart of St Annes on the Fylde coast.
We are interested to hear from local artists professional and non professional who are interested in having a chance to show work here or run workshops and events.
The venue is a bookable community arts space and has already held several music and jam nights while hosting the art works of local artists including members of Last Legs arts organisation, since the end of covid restrictions last year.
The aim of the venue is to support local and up and coming artists, musicians and performers of all kinds by offering a platform for new and exiting work
This month have also been working with some young children and their families
Thanks to our grant from BCH Tenants fund we continue to engage with people and families most in need of creative activities across Blackpool.
This month we have also been working with a group of young people who we hope to be creating a large scale mural with later this year. The group are keen to get involved in graffiti art work and this evening we tested their skills.
In June we had our first competition entry from Jean Scott who lives in Revoe.
A great start to the competition.
We are looking forward to working with people face to face again this month.
Using the art packs and the Makezine as inspiration for people to get creative and send entries in to our competition.
Great session this evening in Blackpool with a group of young people.
As we work on the project we update the web site with information on a regular basis.
We are currently working on the Make zine, art resource that will be available to all our project participants past present and future.
The Last legs Make Art Zine is currently available online via the link on the previous post while we are in the early stages of development.
We are producing a ‘hard’ copy of this publication that can be included in the art packs we are also currently putting together for members of the community most in need of creative support in the Blackpool and Fylde areas.
We draw our inspiration from working with others and believe that a creative community is a healthy community.
We had ‘two young ladies who really benefited from the art packs during lock down, they both live with anxiety and depression and find art lets them express themselves and lets them take their mind of things for a while, they use the art packs and other supplies on a regular basis and found them really helpful.’
We included small canvases, a box of paint and brush in the art packs
We will soon be working face to face with participants once again and are exited to get going on new activities using the art packs and ‘Makezine’ to help facilitate creative workshops
The link above will take you to the Make Art Zine we developed to include with art packs for participants and organisations that we currently work with. On request you are also welcome to download a copy to print out yourself and use as a free resource for the community. We now aim to distribute the printed and online zine to as many people and organisations that will find it useful for inspiring creativity that facilitates arts and health in the community.
We would like to thank CAF for supporting and funding us with the publication and BCH for funding workshops and materials for art packs.
We have also received donations of art materials, clothes, and other useful household items over the last 12 months to support hostels we have been working with over the last 3 years and would like to thank Tracy for her ongoing support.
The ‘pilot’ ‘Makezine’ was given to 3 hostels with art packs as a way to engage with people who were unable to get involved with creative experiences or activities during the Covid 19 lockdown.
This ‘art-zine’ includes ideas for making art using cheap, free or easily available resources – (most of which are included in the art packs) : activities to keep people inspired when stuck at home or feeling isolated.
There is also a competition (included on the back page) for people to send in their art works (inspired by the zine). The first competition will run for the whole of 2021 until December 22nd 2021. We will announce the winner in early January 2022. A photograph of the prize being offered to potential winners will be shown on this blog site over the next few weeks, to inspire people to send in their art works.
This is the front page of our Make-Art-Zine
This site is dedicated to our work with community members