Something for the weekend? 11/12 December 2021

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are a some top picks from the cultural happenings taking place on the Fylde Coast on 11 & 12 December.

Present Absence

Exhibition runs until 20 Jan 2022.
Open Thu-Sat, 11-4pm.
Except between 17 Dec – 7th Jan.

Free entry

It’s not often that you get contemporary painting shows on your doorstep, but Abingdon Studios has come up trumps with this new exhibition from Parham Ghalamdar.

Curated by Garth Gratrix, this show exhibits works across the Project Space and Window Gallery, located on Abingdon St right in the heart of Blackpool. As part of the commission, two painters from Blackpool and recent graduates from BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Manchester School of Arts, Reece Adair and Josh Faller were invited to collaborate and be in conversation with Parham Ghalamdar.

l: Spitroast, Reece Adair (2020), r: Low-budget prop for an Iranian Sci-Fi Film, Parham Ghalamdar (2021)

Present Absence sees the three differing painters sharing and taking up space in search of organising chaos and absurdity. The three painters have been practicing painting by relying on and expanding on the histories and traditions of different schools of painting.

Parham Ghalamdar (b.1994 Tehran, Iran) currently holds studio space at Oceans Apart Studios in Salford. Parham’s practice is an attempt to discipline an image and an overwhelming concern is that painting is about perception and perceptual existentialist ways of experiencing life. Parham has been longlisted for John Moores Prize 2019, UK New Artist Of The Year 2021, Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021. He is shortlisted for Gilchrist-Fisher Award 2022 and Emerging Art Scene Prize 2021.

See the full Exhibition details here.

Jötunheum, Reece Adair (2021)
Miami Memory, Joshua Faller (2021)

Christmas at Lytham Hall


Sunday to Thursday 5.30pm until 9pm
£10 adults and £6.50 children

Grade One listed Lytham Hall is all dressed up for Christmas. The Georgian mansion is festooned in festive lights and decorations to create a stunning atmospheric visit suitable for all the family.

Each of the mansion’s grand rooms are themed featuring seasonal displays , Christmas trees and twinkling lights. There’s even a model village too.

Mulled wine, continental beers, bratwurst sausages, veggie hotdogs, festive cakes and hot and cold beverages are also available in the marquees.

Book your tickets here: seaty.co.uk/christmaslythamhall

Inside Out 2 Exhibition

Saturday 10am – 3pm
Old Fleetwood Hospital (Atrium Entrance), Bold Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6HL
Free entry

Saturday is your last chance to see the Insideout 2 Exhibition at Fleetwood Hospital. There’s a variety of artworks and installations made by Fleetwood-based artists and makers.

There will be plenty of mince pies, tea, coffee and hot Vimto for you to enjoy as you look around.

Header image: Detail from 'Low-budget prop for an Iranian Sci-Fi Film', 
Parham Ghalamdar (2021)


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