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Willy Little Suite

Willy Little by Mel Brimfield

The Willy Little Suite created for you by artist Mel Brimfield celebrates the career of fictional entertainer Willy Little and his performances at ‘The Ocean Hotel’ – the former name of Art B&B.

Performance posters, show biz signage and whole walls of text evoke the spirit of theatrical seaside entertainers (real and imagined).

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Now You See it, Now You Don't

Now You See it by Professor Tim Etchells.

“Now You See it… Suite” has been created by artist and writer Professor Tim Etchells. His intimate-scale gallery quality neon sculpture playfully invokes the mystery and delight of another era’s popular entertainment – “Now you see it…Now you don’t” (which can also be dimmed or turned off)

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Augusto by Augusto Corrieri

This magical room has been created right before your very eyes by artist and magician Augusto Corrieri. Images and tricks are hidden behind small velvet curtains, but the real magic happens when you fall asleep and they conjure imagination and creativity in the right side of your brain to help combat the restlessness of ‘the first night effect’.

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Carnesky by Marisa Carnesky

Creative Director Dr. Marisa Carnesky has adorned this evocative and spacious room with showgirl and show-woman inspired ephemera including pieces of costume and artefacts that embody the experiences women performers, past and present, who have graced Blackpool’s legendary stages. There are 4 telephones which relate the stories of Blackpool’s palaces of entertainment and the women who made them come alive from 1950s to the present day.

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McClure by Mark McClure

This sleep-in installation by artist Mark McClure has bold coloured patterns and panels that spread across walls and ceilings. It has a second life at night when the interactive light installation – which you can change via touch sensitive panels – transforms the dark room into a celestial light show from gentle phasing to full on frenzy. Or you can switch it off, pull the curtains and enjoy extreme blackness.

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Moon by Adrian Pritchard

The Moon Room has been created for you by the artist Adrian Pritchard.

Inspired by the discovery of planets orbiting other star systems known as ‘exoplanets’, Adrian has twinned these discoveries with his own creations to visualise these new worlds like precious jewels. The largest one is Proxima Centauri B.

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Gallery by Abingdon Studios

“The Gallery Room” has been created for you by Abingdon Studios – Blackpool’s very own artist collective and studios.

It features artwork from 8 artists and has its own changing exhibition programme.

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Deco Cinema by Catherine Mugonyi

A memorable and dreamlike cinematic experience from the moment you step through the door. Drawing inspiration from Blackpool’s rich entertainment history, specifically the art deco cinemas of the early 20th century.

Guests can relive the sense of occasion and excitement of a trip to the cinema in the comfort of a contemporary bedroom.

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Peep Fiction by Noah Rose

Peep Fiction Room at first glance, is a simple contemporary hotel room with all the comforts you would expect but it has been created with a twist by artist Noah Rose.

Cunningly hidden around the room (and in other locations around the hotel) are a number of stereoscopic photographic viewers exploring the hidden histories of Blackpool,

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Queer by Jez Dolan

The Queer Room has been created for you by Manchester based artist Jez Dolan. The room design is centred around the concept of an LGBT+ / queer space which reflects Blackpool’s national significance and popularity as a home and a destination for LGBT+ people for many years.

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Soundscape by Louise Ahl

Choreographer and dancer Louise Ahl has created a bespoke soundscape for this cool contemporary minimalist room called ”Unless we dream, we doubt”. Multiple speakers built into the room, and even into the bed, create an hypnotic sound installation which focuses on choreographed sound and stories, moving the guest in and out of meditative states.

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Lumiere Cinema ART B&B Blackpool

Lumiere Cinema by Lumiere

The Lumiere Cinema Room is a spacious bedroom that has been created by the artist Lumiere in a contemporary art deco style with a huge cinema screen, HD projector and enhanced sound.

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Welcome Inn by Christopher Samuels

It has been created by the artist Christopher Samuels to give visitors a taste, with a strong sense of humour, of what it is like to face access barriers, as disabled people regularly do, across the UK hotel network. Everything in this room functions – but not as easily as it should – as you will enjoy finding out. Chris uses an electric wheelchair and he cannot get into the room he has designed so it is definitely NOT suitable for people with restricted mobility.

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Comfortable by Gaskell and Mattocks

The Comfortable Room has been created with care by the artists Jenny Gaskell and Lisa Mattocks as a ‘place of wonder, a place to dream.’

It is particularly aimed at those who need a rest – rest from work fatigue, life fatigue or chronic pain. The specially curated objects around the room and the full wall projection film are aimed at giving you as comfortable and pleasing a stay as possible.

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Badge by Peters and Griffiths

Artists Catherine Peters and Claire Griffiths have installed an array of glowing badges for you in their ‘Been There, Got the Badge’ installation of slogans and aphorisms that chart the people and places of Blackpool’s collective experiences and alternative tourism.

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Reading by Gratrix and Ireland

Artists Garth Gratrix and curator Tom Ireland have transformed this into a fascinating contemporary art library you can sleep in.

It has its own mini exhibition and growing collection of art books, many suggested as important inspiration by other Art B&B artists, as well as publications documenting Blackpool’s own artistic output. The library ‘trolleys’ can even visit other parts of the hotel.

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Dirty Secrets by Kristina Veasey

The bold patterns and colours in our 4-bed dorm room are born from Kristina Veasey’s frustration as a disabled artist battling to keep up with the housework! Kristina shares the surprising results of this unlikely friendship in strange but beautiful imagery, celebrating unnoticed splendour by transforming images of common household detritus into stunning fabrics and furnishings.

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