Tourist Information Center at Supercollider

This Friday sees a double bill of art-based events happening in Blackpool. Supercollider launches its eagerly awaited Tourist Information Center and FYC, in conjunction with Venn Projects opens Matthew Liveseys show, Third.

Both shows are poles apart in content so an eclectic night of gallery viewing is ahead of us.

Supercollider’s gallery space at 59 Cookson Street will be re-purposed as an alternative tourist information centre for Blackpool.

Placed away from the traditional tourist magnets of the promenade and town centre, the new Tourist Information Center seeks to communicate a sense of place and sensibility through a range of artworks which seek out dialogue with the town’s rich and unique heritage and its contemporary culture situation.

The Tourist Information Center at Cookson Street will be the first of a number of centres opening at locations across Blackpool during the second half of 2014. The project is funded by LeftCoast as part of its Future Popular commissioning scheme.

With Supercollider’s unique and challenging view of contemporary culture and Blackpool’s place within it, I’m sure the works offered in Toursist Information Center will be as far removed from adverts for Mamma Mia and The Tower Dungeon as kittens are from goats.

Matthew Livesey’s show Third, on the other hand, will be offering a body of work that the artist has been playing close to the chest. A tantalising glimpse of what looks to be a close up pencil drawing of skin is all we are given to whet our appetites. Whatever it is though, his work is highly regarded and I’m sure it will be as successful a Venn show as the much talked about Sam Shendi from a couple of months back.

So there you have it, if Friday is free, head to FYC on Church Street for six, then take the short walk around the corner to Supercollider for an evening that will entertain, challenge and inform.


Featured image courtesy of Tom Ireland.

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