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I find we tend to notice places most often if their location is along one of our habitual routes.

Routes are modified by the popularity of certain businesses and public transport drop-off points.  Many residents will have used the stretch of King Street from the former Bus Station to what was the ABC Theatre/Cinema, later morphing into The Syndicate Nightclub, back when patrons queued around the corner.

At that time, the King Street premises of Blott Artists’ Studios, would have been prominent, close to the former car saleroom premises which is nowadays the Royal British Legion Club.  Over its eleven years, Blott has been home to numerous Fylde Coast and guest artists.

Founder, Corinne Streetly, is rightly proud of the gaggle of local painters, photographers and sculptors who have been encouraged and given exhibition space by Blott.  It also boasts a twice-yearly Member Exhibition, the Winter Exhibition usually in November with Summer events most often in June or July.  Individual exhibitors such as Corinne herself, David Butterworth, Laura Havenhand, Sue Godsiff, and Josh Brown are sometimes joined by notable guests.

Blott’s webpage is home to all the details you might need as well as a comprehensive archive of all Blott’s previous shows.  Perhaps most notable is the collection of artworks spurred by Blackpool’s earliest “village”, its characters and its history, the area known to locals as Revoe, clustered along and around Central Drive.

If you have yet to visit Blott, give it some of your time – you’ll be startled and enchanted by the talent on view.

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  • Christo

    Now that Corrine, Blott’s Founder & General Factotum has read this, a couple of her thoughts need to be added:
    1) Corrine does not regard her artists as a “gaggle” – a palette of painters or an armful of artists perhaps: gaggle is my word;
    2) Blott has achieved far more than this short piece mentions in its dozen years of life, but I shall cover that in a subsequent piece about Blott and its History which Corrine and Janine are assembling at the moment;
    3) Corrine believes my use of the past tense about what a thriving thoroughfare used to be until the Bus Station and ABC/Syndicate closed may mislead readers into thinking that Blott no longer exists, whilst in fact the place is as alive & kicking as ever.
    As they say in the Art World – please watch this space.

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