Just when the writing was on the wall for Blackpool’s annual urban art festival, Sand, Sea & Spray, a kind Aunty has stepped in to help. Now the future looks bright again, thanks to an exciting new partnership between festival founder Robin Ross and community arts organisation Aunty Social.
Aunty Social has secured funding for the festival from Arts Council England to bring some of the world’s best urban artists to town for three days of live painting from July 10 to 12.
As usual, the festival will have a distinctly international flavour with artists from the UK, France, Switzerland, Russia, Argentina, Sweden and Norway already confirmed – and more due to be announced in the coming weeks.
The line up already includes Fabian Florin (CH), Mart (AR), Amara Por Dios (SE), Zina (NO), Sckaro (FR), Ratur (FR), Sergey (RU) and Ador (FR). The UK is also well represented with artists including My Dog Sighs, Jay Sharples and Dale Grimshaw and many more travelling from across the country. Representing Blackpool’s home grown talent, Catch 22, Lowdown, Chris Fenn and Infected by Design will also be showing their spectacular skills across the live paint days.
Robin Ross, artistic director and founder of Sand, Sea & Spray, said: “From where we started, to be able to create an internationally recognised event, and to see its return after being away for a year fills me with joy. The fact that we’re able to attract such talented artists just goes to show how much they enjoy coming to paint in Blackpool – it’s great news for the town.”
Catherine Mugonyi, director of Aunty Social, added: “We’re really excited to be part of bringing back Sand, Sea & Spray for 2015. Aunty Social is all about brightening Blackpool and giving people something to be cheerful about through arts and creativity. We’re sure that people will be thrilled to have such a fantastic line-up of international artists taking to the streets of the town once again.”
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