Ground Floor Artists at ART B&B
Front Window Signage and Foyer Mirrors
She has collected lettering styles and motifs – from jaunty 60’s Illuminations posters to remnants of elegant Edwardian gilded shop windows – and integrated them into her hand painted signs at the Art B&B using traditional gold leaf signage techniques. No vinyl lettering for Lisa!
The mirrors on either side of the foyer were found in the attic of the Ocean Hotel (now ART B&B) and were originally dressing table mirrors in guest rooms in the 1940s.
Lisa Wigham makes work that creatively plays with language and typography and uses creative writing to compose thought-provoking art interventions for public places, art galleries and museums.
‘Remedial Geologies IV’ (location: B-Space, wall mounted)
Romily Alice Walden
‘Remedial Geologies’ is a series of light art works depicting natural rock formations in clear glass and noble gases. Often referred to by the generic term ‘neon art’ this particular work primarily contains argon gas stimulated by a high voltage to produce a blue glow.
The work seeks to explore the link between natural landscape and wellness, asking whether the landscape can still be remedial if viewed through a digital or abstracted medium such as a light installation. As a disabled artist Romily cannot easily access the mountainous landscapes she depicts in light.
The shape of ‘Remedial Geologies IV’ was inspired by a rock formation in North Wales, an area that can be seen from the Blackpool coast.
Jointly commissioned with Unlimited
Her practice spans sculpture, installation, video and printed matter, all with a socially engaged and research-led working methodology.
‘Vegas of the North’ - photographic images on lightboxes (location ground floor)
For this commission Keeley explored her hometown of Blackpool, the rationale being that by drawing on her extensive experiences and knowledge of her hometown, she could look for the cinematic in the mundane.
Influences are from vintage films, adverts and her own family’s archive which is built on a foundation of strong independent women who have lived in Blackpool for over 90 years.
‘Motivational Flags’ (location: ART BAR, ground floor)
Hunt & Darton
They are housed in specially designed wooden boxes with a release mechanism that allows each one to be revealed at a strategic time of day. In this way Hunt and Darton can perform every day and interact with visitors without having to be present – clever.
Approaching Live Art from a Fine Art background they work across mediums with a sculptural approach to performance, choreographing words and movement in a sensory way and setting up alternative spaces – often creating installations to perform within (including their own radio station) and are particularly well known for their pop-up ‘Hunt and Darton’ café which serves up constant artistic interventions alongside tea and wagon wheels.
‘The Sea Front Carpet’
Jenny has selected motifs from the exterior and interior of the following pleasure architecture: Blackpool Casino and Pleasure Beach – iconic red wheel; The Winter Gardens Foyer – exterior half-moon windows; and The Tower Ballroom stage steps.
These celebratory symbols of Blackpool’s architecture have been created into a semi-abstract repeat pattern for the Art B&B interior by North of England based carpet manufacturer, Gaskell & McKay, who Jenny worked closely with to interpret the design into a unique Axminster Carpet.
Jenny is interested in the permanence of architecture, and in particular how inter-war period design embodied a utopian hope for the future.
In the coastal context she sometimes refers to this style as Seaside Moderne – where modernism and Art Deco coalesce in architecture of pleasure and leisure.