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.
Our bijou Twin Bunk rooms, whilst compact, still have everything you need including very comfy twin bunk beds (with reading lights of course), dedicated superfast broadband and an en-suite bathroom in zingy colours with its own deluxe rainfall shower and a desk for you to do your own creative writing.
Room 1.07 ‘The Reading Room’
The Reading Room and Gallery Room (2.07) have been designed and built by Abingdon Studios directors Garth Gratrix and Tom Ireland in partnership with Art B&B, LeftCoast and The Grundy Art Gallery.
The Room will present its own mini exhibitions, and houses a growing collection of art books with titles recommended by Abingdon and other Art B&B artists, as well as publications documenting Blackpool’s own artistic output. The Room’s ‘library trolleys’ can even visit other parts of the hotel. The writing desk featured in the room is a commissioned piece from artist Laura Jamieson. So sit down, relax, be inspired and write (or draw) your own masterpiece.
You can donate art books for the benefit of future visitors if you wish.
The room’s paint colour – ‘Fearless’ – is by artist Laura Shevaun Green from the ‘Paint the Town!’ range – a colour palate designed specially to celebrate the vibrancy that can be found in every corner of Blackpool.
The colour is a match for the bandstand in Blackpool’s Stanley Park. You can find out more about the ongoing Paint the Town project at: pttblackpool.co.uk
Garth Gratrix is a Blackpool based artist and curator, founder of Blackpool’s Abingdon Studios and one of the art commissioners for the work in ART B&B.
Tom Ireland was founder of the long standing and influential visual arts programme and gallery space Supercollider in Blackpool. He works at The Grundy Art Gallery and is a director of Abingdon Studios.