This weekend, I travelled to Blackpool to visit an Arts Council England funded hotel. Despite my train being cancelled and a 3-hour journey spent standing up from Euston to Blackpool North, the welcome I received was well worth my aching ankles.
I stayed at Art B&B (https://www.artbb.org), a new boutique hotel for art lovers set inside renovated Victoria houses which retain many original features and boast great sea views. The rooms all feature work or an installation by commissioned artists to be experienced by visitors during their stay; my room featured work inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landings. The space is versatile and accessible, with one room even designed by an artist who deals with chronic pain around the needs of fellow sufferers. In addition to their artist-designed rooms, the space will be a new home for local arts organisation, Left Coast.
Although I just missed out on Lightpool (https://www.visitblackpool.com/things-to-do/festival/), I enjoyed walking along the Promenade and looking up at the famous Illuminations. Other notable experiences during my visit to this seaside town include stepping inside the Blackpool Tower Ballroom as well as the mandatory purchase of some seaside rock and a visit to Grundy Art Galllery. Their current exhibition ‘A Trick Of The Light’ explores light through traditional techniques used in cinema and stage illusions such as zoetropes and old-school projectors, with work from internationally recognised contemporary artists.
Overall, the trip was a great opportunity to escape the (occasional) mania of London and experience something new.
Thank you to everyone at Art B&B for your hospitality and local recommendations.