Sunday, 20 May 2018

Tram Tracks & Toilets !

Well at least the title got your attention ! 

Ahh road works, was in town today 
and of course the camera came along 
 The following from the Blackpool Council website - As part of our work to improve Blackpool town centre to create a better and more attractive place and to extend the tramway to Blackpool North Station there will be a number of road works over the coming months.
 Tramway construction
The next phase of our work will see us start work on the construction of the tramway in April with small areas closed along Talbot Road.



 and of course from Jane Littlewood and Live In Blackpool 

The tramway is being extended to the railway station, the town centre will be getting a new conference centre, a new IMAX cinema is also being built. There will be more places to shop and eat, new four and five star hotels and the look and feel of streets will be improved.
mprovement work around the town centre continues to make good progress with the different projects to make Blackpool better on schedule.
The vision of transformation for Blackpool is becoming a reality with more exciting news that construction of the tramway extension along Talbot Road will begin next month.
The tramway build, road improvements and infrastructure investment will provide benefits to the community and visitors to the town for years to come – including better public transport, modern streets, more places to shop and eat, a new IMAX cinema, new four and five star hotels and a conference centre.


From tram talk with some fab old images 



The above is from 1866 pre tracks !! 

Now we wander a little further 


In 1926 the drinking fountain was removed from Talbot square and a tram shelter built however the two sets of underground toilets were retained ! It was later replaced with an extended entrance taxi drivers even now call the rank *the fountain*.
As a child being taken into town and of course need to use the loo, I remember the dark dank green and the steps, then again I do have little legs ! 








Friday, 4 May 2018

Warton Hall - Lytham

Warton Hall

Is situated in Lytham as is a Georgian Manor House (not open to the public but the gardens are ! ) set in 4 acre garden with Bluebell woodland walk, Bog Garden and Sculpture Trail. Japanese Water Garden and Dry Garden, and Gallery Courtyard. Creativity Classes in the Garden and Studio and Yoga under the 400 year old Weeping Hornbeam tree (book online) Art, plants and garden gifts for sale in the Conservatory. The Tearoom serves light refreshment including homemade cakes. 
Well , why have I not visited before ! This place is stunning as are the cakes as well..
Kate Yates  ( BBFF and then some !! who was of course in her element with tree's and nature ! )  
was also in attendance with me and wow - we had a brilliant time ! 

Now owned by Nicola & David Thompson - Warton Hall was once owned by Augustus Wykeham Clifton of the Clifton Family of Lytham Hall and in recent years the house and gardens have been renovated by the Thompson Family. In the grounds there is an outdoor exhibition of artwork and sculpture. Nicola and her family have been living there for nine years and have renovated the main house and the gardens, with work now continuing on adjoining cottage and the garages. The mid 19th Century Warton Hall, located off Lodge Lane, has a rich history.
Augustus Wykeham Clifton, the uncle of John Talbot Clifton, who was a very popular figure in Lytham until his death in May 1915 - Mr Clifton manifested much interest in local events. To the general public he was most familiar by his crowning of the Rose Queens at Lytham. Every one of Lytham’s Rose Queens since that pretty allegory was instituted in 1894 had been crowned by him. His tall, commanding figure-scarcely bent despite the weight of his four score years- his venerable appearance and the geniality of a disposition, bright with the sunshine of good humour, won him such public esteem and regard that he was called the “Grand old Man of Lytham.
Warton Hall has four acres of woodland garden and is currently home to Nicola Thompson, who runs an art studio in the grounds. She and her family have been living there for nine years and have renovated the main house and the gardens, with work now continuing on adjoining cottage and the garages. The mid 19th Century Warton Hall, located off Lodge Lane, has a rich history, with it first occupant Augustus Wyckham Clifton of the Clifton family of Lytham Hall. It will be one of 3,800 gardens around the country open to the public between May 9 to 17 under the National Garden Scheme, which will see proceeds taken on the gate donated to charities supported by the scheme.

Read more at: https://www.lythamstannesexpress.co.uk/news/warton-hall-to-open-its-gardens-1-7235451
 It will be one of 3,800 gardens around the country open to the public between May 9 to 17 in 2018  under the National Garden Scheme, which will see proceeds taken on the gate donated to charities supported by the scheme.


Warton Hall has four acres of woodland garden and is currently home to Nicola Thompson, who runs an art studio in the grounds. She and her family have been living there for nine years and have renovated the main house and the gardens, with work now continuing on adjoining cottage and the garages. The mid 19th Century Warton Hall, located off Lodge Lane, has a rich history, with it first occupant Augustus Wyckham Clifton of the Clifton family of Lytham Hall. It will be one of 3,800 gardens around the country open to the public between May 9 to 17 under the National Garden Scheme, which will see proceeds taken on the gate donated to charities supported by the scheme.

Read more at: https://www.lythamstannesexpress.co.uk/news/warton-hall-to-open-its-gardens-1-7235451
Warton Hall has four acres of woodland garden and is currently home to Nicola Thompson, who runs an art studio in the grounds. She and her family have been living there for nine years and have renovated the main house and the gardens, with work now continuing on adjoining cottage and the garages. The mid 19th Century Warton Hall, located off Lodge Lane, has a rich history, with it first occupant Augustus Wyckham Clifton of the Clifton family of Lytham Hall. It will be one of 3,800 gardens around the country open to the public between May 9 to 17 under the National Garden Scheme, which will see proceeds taken on the gate donated to charities supported by the scheme.

Read more at: https://www.lythamstannesexpress.co.uk/news/warton-hall-to-open-its-gardens-1-7235451







Sunday, 8 April 2018

Nataliya Yunda -красивый художник


I was sent this by my fellow ICAN member and best friend Kate Yates - Dear artists, photographers, gallery owners , I am so happy to invite you to come for my opening day , 9th April, Monday, at 4 pm ! 14-16 Woodfield Road , FY16AX My regards to all of you . Nataliya, Art Break Hotel
Well of course I had to go and met the talented lady and she kindly let me interview her ahead of the opening on Monday.

Nataliya moved to Blackpool in May 2017 so has been residing here for less than a year, when I asked why Blackpool, she had the following snippets to impart to me.
“I have a few friends who are hoteliers, one day the girls started to have a chat about this and said why not join us!” So I thought why not I shall try ! “

“I wanted to change my life completely, and that forced me to change everything, just running a hotel would be pretty boring for me, I can do so much more, I am very passionate about my art, with the hotel , I can promote myself as an artist, and do the same with other artists”
“I want us all to work as a group and as a team, I want to help the local artists and help them find a place where they can come and be always welcome at the Art Break Hotel.”



I asked so has it been quite hard getting the hotel in order for the opening !
“It’s been a pleasure to meet everyone, to see the artists and all the different styles and techniques and idea’s which for me is amazing. I am trying to improve my life but am also trying to get all the people to join me and we can all improve and inspire together.  I have done a lot of investment on my part with the hotel, I am so very excited with was has happened so very soon and in such a short space of time.  I have a massive support system with my artists, photographers, and have found and made some new friends all so amazing! 

I asked what sort of artistic mediums will be displayed  at the hotel.
“All will be welcome, even crazy idea’s ! I still love classical styles and techniques, I am trying to mix these as I feel it will make my paintings more interesting.  People who have joined my project have brought me new alternatives.

I mentioned next that I had read that possible classes may happen in the future – using Robin Ross and screen printing as my example..
“I am going to plan every month different artists and photographers  where they can do presentations, demonstrations and lessons in their medium of expertise.  Also the guests who are staying at the hotel can join us as well. I also plan to give lessons to both children and adults.” Nataliya explained that she had already been in contact with Blackpool & the Fylde College about this idea.


We then chatted about how Blackpool and it’s people who are very helpful, we then went to discuss the background to Nataliya and her art..
“ I started very young and then took it further at Higher school and then university, and then working and learning my craft sometimes late into the night. I used to not count  the hours and work and work until I was satisfied , thinking I can do better and losing track of time getting it right. When I first came to Britain, I was trying to do commissions but could not find the right people who were prepared to pay good money for my endeavours.  I was spending a lot of time on these for very little and having put so much time, effort and energy  into them.  One day I was asked to paint a portrait for commission – the director of the millennium centre in St Helens – he had been planning to open an arts academy, so on the opening day I was invited for the exhibition .”  Nataliya explained “while there I was approached by a group of local artists and they all stood next to my work and I remember overhearing some very kind remarks and thinking that is nice! One artist asked me if you don’t mind how much you have been paid for it, £250, was my reply. Oh good god said the artist your portraits should go for £1500 minimum, I thought no one will go for £1500!
 

 



Nataliya then explained that all the artwork at the hotel will have details of the artists and price(s) and a little information about them as well.  They will also have a portfolio that will have more information about the pieces that are available to buy be it a print or an original.
“The back dining room , which is not quite ready yet, I am planning to open a private gallery for original paintings, I just need to finish off the walls ! “ 

Nataliya then went on to explain about her concept for the rooms at the hotel.
“They won’t be numbered, they will be names by artists, again in each room, say Andy Austin would be his paintings on the wall and the portfolio will be there for the guests to look through.  I have found that Blackpool artists and photographers are very very helpful ( helping sort the hotel out ! ) I never expected such great help ! 




We then discussed about Blackpool’s popular culture highlighting *wakes weeks* and what tourists would do when they visited Blackpool and we went on to discuss how Blackpool is now reinventing itself as a cultural centre.

“When I discussed with my friends about my idea and concept for my art hotel they said it won’t work as people come to Blackpool for drinks and fish and chips! Blackpool is like a coin, one side is stereotypical , it’s about finding the other creative sides.”

My final question to Nataliya was where do you see yourself and the hotel in five years time?
“if the Hotel goes pretty well I may open more art B & B’s , it will work as I still have contact with many galleries and would of course keep in touch with them as all art needs rotation – so we all work together as artists. 

A few quick pictures were taken by myself and a promise was made to see Nataliya on Monday after I finished a long day at work. It has been an absolute please meeting this forward thinking lady and I for one cannot wait to see what happens next.


 


Tram Tracks & Toilets !

Well at least the title got your attention !  Ahh road works, was in town today  and of course the camera came along   The fo...