Supporting the Arts while you sleep

Progress

Mark Titchner

Progress Room designed for you by the artist Mark Titchner.

The Plenty and Progress artwork on a series of mirrors is based on unrealised 1935 neon designs for Blackpool illuminations by French lighting company Claudegen. The title reflects civic design and aspiration in Blackpool whose town moto is ‘Progress’

It has specially chosen lighting and a relaxing green colour to help you spend the night dreaming of searing neon reflected on seafront limousines.

It has two single beds that can join to form a super comfy king size bed, Smart TV (that you can mirror your own screens on), as well as a brightly tiled bathroom with shiny German and Swedish fittings. It has its own dedicated free superfast wifi.

Room 2.06 - ‘Progress Room’

Mark Titchner

‘Plenty and Progress’ (the full name for Titchner’s room installation) examines civic design and aspiration in Blackpool. ‘Progress’ is Blackpool’s civic motto and can be seen in the stained-glass window on the stairs of the town’s central library (just behind the ART B&B). Given the intimacy of the bedroom setting, it can also extend here into the idea of personal self-improvement. 

about

Titchner has created mirror installations in the room which reference Claudegen – the original French neon sign company established by George Claude who invented the neon tube in 1910, and who designed a number of unrealised installations for Blackpool’s Illuminations in the 1930’s. The company’s original designs are still kept in the Illuminations archive which can be viewed (by appointment or on a booked tour) at Lightworks (the council’s illuminations fabrication department).
Mark Titchner ART B&B Blackpool

By combining the text ‘Plenty and Progress’ with elements of Claudegen’s designs Titchner aim is for the guest to become an integral part of the art work – with your reflections and shadows created by the lights allowing you to be a part of the picture, and contemplate what is ‘Plenty and Progress’ 

biography

Mark Titchner is an artist living and working in London and was a nominee for the Turner prize in 2006. His work explores the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. 

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