Ian Tilton’s Set in Stone arrives in Blackpool

Ian Tilton signing copies of Set in Stone
Ian Tilton signing copies of Set in Stone
Ian Tilton signing copies of Set in Stone

Monday night saw the preview of rock photography legend Ian Tilton’s Set in Stone at FYC Gallery. Widely regarded as a one of the best on the scene he photographed rock music greats including Nivarna, Iggy Pop, The Cure, Guns & Roses and of course The Stone Roses – and admirers of Tilton’s work and The Stone Roses came out in force to enjoy the opening.

The exhibition included a variety of famous and unseen shots from Tilton’s time accompanying The Stone Roses, hung in a great style using bulldog clips and easels to fantastic effect. Attendees were also treated to hearing his memories of the bands rise to fame during the late 80s, sharing his experience of travelling with the band on their tour bus from Manchester to Blackpool for their “epic” gig at the Winter Gardens iconic Empress Ballroom. Alongside sharing previously unseen imagery of the Stone Roses at FYC Gallery, Tilton launched his latest publication also titled Set in Stone written by Claire Caldwell, with fans being treated to signed copies of these book at the preview evening.

The exhibition was the first as a result of a new partnership between FYCreatives, Supercollider Contemporary Arts Projects, and The Lucky Jotter aimed at showcasing professional practice within fine arts and contemporary arts in Blackpool. This partnership has a new ongoing submissions process available for all to submit for consideration to a steering panel. Submission details can be found via The Lucky Jotter or FYC Facebook page.

Set in Stone Preview
Set in Stone Preview

Garth Gratrix of FYCreatives said…

Ian Tilton is iconic in his profession, so we are delighted to have his work exhibited at FYCreatives. To showcase people at the height of their professions is inspirational for Blackpool.

The preview was a treat for all those who attended giving the opportunity to see previously unseen images from Tilton, hear his memories and experiences of photographing The Stone Roses plus a great chance to network with local creative people. The support from local people there on the night was resounding and places FYC Gallery firmly on the map for future exhibitions.

Set in Stone runs until 9 May 2013 is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding Tuesdays) at FYC Gallery, Church Street.

For more information on Ian Tilton visit his website at iantilton.co.uk. To find out more about FYCreatives visit fycreatives.com. To find out more about The Lucky Jotter visit theluckyjotter.com. To find out more about Supercollider visit supercolliderhq.org.uk.


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