Blackpool Art Comes to Manchester

Blackpool Art Comes to Manchester

As a Northerner in my early 30s, the word ‘Blackpool’ conjures flashbacks to childhood day trips along with a torrent of other images. Trams, large candy dummies, fish and chips, tooth-assaulting rock, Mick Hucknall on a rollercoaster and the illuminated faces of Coronation Street characters floating past painfully slowly through the sunroof of a 1980s Astra Estate. It’s safe to say that since my early teens, Blackpool has barely crossed my mind as anything but a nostalgic flashback. This is actually pretty strange for someone who has spent a lot of time exploring nearby arts scenes, galleries and anything remotely creative for miles around. Why not Blackpool?

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Four Manchester Art Events in One Night – Is It Possible?

Four Manchester Art Events in One Night – Is It Possible?

Although Manchester’s arts scene thrives all year-round, there comes a transition between spring and summer when the laziness of the darker months dissipates. It’s at this point that Manchester art events, previews and socials start to sprout like mushrooms. Thursday 27th April was an evening working in overdrive. I didn’t have just one or two, rather there were at least four eyecatching Manchester art events. I couldn’t choose one over another, so I wondered – could I go to the lot while still getting the most from them? With only one way to find out, I walked to Castlefield Gallery for the first

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