Exhibition: Guggenhive 2022

I take the service 3 bus to join compadres at The Hive Urban Farm Shop on Church Street, Blackpool to enjoy this open exhibition of fine art work by excellent local artists, working under the umbrella of The Hive Arts Collective. The exhibition is on the cafe’s ground floor with diners able to view the work while eating.

A fine and varied selection of work is on offer. It must be said that the original works here would make great gifts for those of an art collecting temperament. I should declare an interest here, as I’ve got a piece on display there. Despite it being a Christmas exhibition, these are not festive images, but such tend to be only of use for that part of the year.

A lot of hard work has gone into putting this together and a lot of credit is due. You all know who you are – many thanks! My own incompetence in preparing my pieces contributed to this – sorry! This exhibition and the people who’ve enabled it is the Blackpool image we need to be projecting – literally a hive of creativity.

This exhibition ties in with the three day Christmas market being held up to 27th November 2022, in the upstairs gallery area. There is more artwork forming a background to the stalls. Get your Christmas gifts now, from local makers who really care about what they’re doing and need support more than chains selling mass-produced tat. You are promised arts and crafts, gin, plants, and gorgeous gifts.

The Hive team kept us liberally supplied with drinks and nibbles throughout the evening. The little roast potatoes were particularly smashing. Thanks for looking after us so nicely. A very pleasant evening. I’ll be down to the fair to see what special Christmas gifts I can pick up.


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    I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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