Blackpool’s annual celebration of urban art Sand, Sea & Spray is set to be back in town this summer after securing £15,000 from Arts Council England.
The festival, which is to take place over the weekend 29 to 31 July is now in it’s 4th year and is once again planning to attract some of the world’s finest street artists alongside homegrown talent to create an array of new artwork.
Already confirmed for the line-up are Blackpool based artsits Famous 415, Secaone and Infected by Design who all took part in last year’s festival. On the international front organisers have secured Portugese Smile and Irish Finn Bar Sac who are both set to fly into town for the weekend.
Festival founder Robin Ross, has this year teamed up local arts and education charity Creative Arts & Futures following a partnership with Aunty Social in 2015. It is the second year running that Sand, Sea & Spray has secured the £15,000 funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts pot.
The three-day festival will be full of live painting across a number of sites including the rear of Charnley Road car park, walls at former site of the Syndicate night club in conjunction with Blackpool Council, the Old Rock Factory and the rear of the famous Winter Gardens.
Organisers are also set to run free workshops for young people allowing them to work with artists and try their hand at creating their own artwork. There will also be live music and hip-hop dance from School of Street and Wingz Academy at the Friday night launch event.
David Hirst of Creative Arts & Futures said:
This is an exciting opportunity for our charity to be involved with such a well established art festival. We will be bringing some of the biggest names in street art to Blackpool to paint up the Town and add to the growing gallery of sensational urban art we already have on offer. Also, young people will get the chance to meet the artists, access the free workshops and learn to create their own masterpieces in their local communities. Volunteers are welcome to play their part too by preparing the walls for the festival, supporting the artists and acting as ambassadors to the many visitors over the weekend.
Michael Williams, Managing Director of the Winter Gardens, added:
We are delighted to welcome back Sand Sea and Spray. The event always adds a splash of colour across the resort, a permanent reminder of the skill and imagination of the artists.
With the return of Sand, Sea & Spray we’re sure that locals and visitors alike will come out in their droves to enjoy the live paint experience and take part in the workshops. Bring on July and a chance to see artists paint the town – don’t miss it.
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