Blackpool artists called to decorate the Promenade in exciting new project

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Four artists will be chosen, each receiving £1,000 for their design proposals

Sea defences at Anchorsholme

Sea defences at Anchorsholme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Blackpool artists to create a piece of public artwork for the Promenade.

The project, known as the Anchorsholme Project, is at the site located between the seafront promenade and the coastal road Princes Way and is adjacent to the T junction with Anchorsholme Lane West.

Blackpool Council is now inviting expressions of interest from artists, designers or creative professionals experienced in creating artwork for the public realm to produce their outline ideas.

Four artists will then be selected with each artist receiving a fee of £1,000 to produce ‘sketch’ concept design proposals.

A sum of up to £45k is then available for the authority to commission further detailed designs, production and installation of the work.

The Commissioning Steering Group, which includes Anchorsholme ward councillors Paul Galley and Tony Williams (also Leader of the Conservative Group for the Council), the Head of Arts, Head of Coastal and Environmental Partnerships, and Curator for the Grundy, is looking for work that will inspire communities and particularly young people.

With the town’s motto being ‘progress’, members are looking for work that acts as a landmark that celebrates Blackpool’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Princes Way and Anchorsholme Lane West - close to the site for the Anchorsholme Project

Princes Way and Anchorsholme Lane West – close to the site for the Anchorsholme Project (Image: Google Street Image)

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council and Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for artists and creative people to submit their ideas and potentially see their concept for a piece of public art become a reality in a prominent spot near to our lovely redeveloped community park, Anchorsholme Park.

“Blackpool has a strong track record of working with artists to create high quality public art works. We are looking for a work that inspires our communities and celebrates Blackpool entrepreneurial spirit, excitement for the future and as a coastal town makes reference to the importance of climate change issues.

“We are really looking forward to viewing people’s ideas.”

Over the past 15 years millions of pounds have been invested in building sea defences to protect Blackpool which has suffered flooding due to climate change.

The Commissioning Steering Group would also like to see the work reference climate change in some way.

Given the harsh conditions of the harsh seafront, the artwork must be permanent with materials being able to withstand its corrosive salt, wind and sand.

Artwork with an interactive element is welcomed and overall the art should be memorable, surprising and an intriguing intervention that will add interest, narrative and character to the area.

Artists will be appointed through a competitive selection process and invited to develop ‘sketch’ concept design proposals.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 7th June 2021.

The appointed artists will work with the Commissioning Steering Group to develop their ‘sketch‘ concept design proposals.

The shortlisted artists will be invited to a familiarisation/site visit day and expected to develop their concept proposal through initial consultation and independent research and prepare a high quality and detailed proposal.

Artists will be notified if they have been selected week beginning June 14 2021 and briefing/site visits will be arranged for the week of June 21 2021.

To find out the full details and requirements for submissions, visit the Curator Space website here.