Art Trail at Lightpool Festival

Art Trail at Lightpool Festival

Explore the visual art trail at Lightpool Festival this year, find it in and around Blackpool town centre.

You can also pick up a fold-out leaflet with all of this information included.

Find out more about the Lightpool Festival 2018, including other events, installations and performance, at this link

Your Guide to the Art Trail at Lightpool Festival

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Photo gallery of the installations is below this guide.

Map CodeArtist/CompanyWorkLocationDescription
1Blackpool IlluminationsCritter Divided (2018)Bickerstaffe Square, FY1 3AHAn Illumination’s favourite from 2003 re-imagined in homage to Damien Hirst.
2Mark TitchnerPlenty and Progress (2016)Grundy Art Gallery, FY1 N1PU“Plenty and Progress” references Blackpool’s town motto of ‘Progress’ and is composed from elements of Claudegen’s various 1930’s neon designs for the Town Hall.
3Chris Paul DanielsNorthern Lights (2018)Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, FY1 1PU. See overleaf for Gallery Opening Hours.A voice from the future, or ‘visitor from another place’ interrogates the traditions and artefacts of the Blackpool Illuminations. Original music by Graham Massey; shot on location at Lightworks. UK gallery premier: co-commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery and ICA Art and Screen Network. Join Chris and Graham at the Grundy on Saturday 27 October, 2–4pm for an Artist’s talk/Q&A.
4Blackpool IlluminationsSpaceman (1970)Central Library, Queen St, FY1 1PXFirst designed by Alan Cockcroft in 1970 to celebrate the moon landings, a replica of the Neil Armstrong’s space suit
5Late at the LibraryCentral Library, Queen St, FY1 1PXWe are transforming Central Library into an illuminated wonderland for families. 5-7pm, Thurs-Fri
6Mark TitchnerIf you can dream it you must do it (2016)Springfield Road, FY1 1QUThe hypnotic work ‘If You Can Dream It, You Must Do’ seeks to inspire us to take the future for ourselves in a process of collective realisation.
7Blackpool IlluminationsA Kaleidoscope of Butterflies  (2018)Metropole Colonnade, FY1 1NEElements from Laurence Llewelyn Bowen’s Decodance (2007) reimagined for the Lightpool Festival
8Blackpool IlluminationsTap! (2015)Princess Parade, FY1 1RQMind you don’t get wet! The Illuminations tap was first seen in 2015 as part of Sunderland Illuminations
9Jo BerryFluted Pylons (2012)Promenade,FY1 1NEJo berry has interpreted five fluted pylons with themes taken from the Illuminations’ original 1930’s collection
10Jane WebbElectroniki K9 Walk (2018)Cenotaph, FY1 1NEA boy walking his dog home: created with wire recycled from computer and electronic components. Webb is inspired by the e-waste landfill, this work encouraging us to look after our planet, as this is the next generation’s home. A SHINE commission
11Mark TitchnerRoutine (2018) & No them only us (2016)North Pier Screen, FY1 1NE‘Routine’ combines a series of repeated self-improvement mantras with archive footage of once familiar but now outdated Windows screensavers.
‘No them only us’ is a gently moving video animation originally produced after the EU referendum to  present a  message of openness, internationalism, diversity and commonality.
12Hannah FoxLancashire Moon (2018)Wedding Chapel, Promenade, FY1 1APOur moon is ever-present yet ever-changing. Faces of Lancashire folk have become the template behind this hand-drawn animation; our moon in Blackpool, entitled ‘Love’, features in-love couples, several of whom were married at the Wedding Chapel, including Kelly Garrick, its first ever bride. A co-commission with Light up Lancaster and Lancashire Encounter.
13Cordwainer Bird Jr.Emotisphere (2018)Promenade,FY1 1NEA blend of the Blackpool-style seaside amusement fun machine with the latest RGB technology. Make the ball come to life and discover your inner love quotient. Commissioned for Lightpool 2018.
14Laurence Llewelyn-BowenPortrait of self (2018)NR Comedy Carpet, FY1 1APA deliberately and stylishly surreal statement that suggests that the self-revelatory image of a self-portrait is not always as honest as it seems. A new commission for Lightpool 2018.
15Tower ProjectionsLightpool Village, FY1 5BBState of the art video-mapping technology brings Blackpool Tower to life.  New for 2018 includes Circus 250, spotlighting the Blackpool Tower circus and its illustrious history, and a short film to celebrate Sooty’s 70th birthday with an introduction from the bear himself. Shows every 15 minutes.
16Blackpool IlluminationsSurf the Lightwave (2018)Lightpool Village, FY1 5BBTest your surfing abilities to generate a light-wave, and keep the illuminations shining! New commission for Lightpool 2018, In partnership with Lancaster University School of Computing and Communications.
17Luke JerramMuseum of the Moon (2016)Blackpool Tower Ballroom,FY1 4BJWorld famous, this 7m, internally-lit moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery, with each cm representing c.5km of the lunar surface. Experience Blackpool Tower Ballroom in a completely different light. Access from the Promenade Entrance
18Gillian HobsonMirror Stage (2018)Victoria Street, FY1 4BJA kaleidoscope of moving image, colour and light, this immersive installation plays with ideas of the homely and un-homely to consider what it means to be ‘at home’ in the 21st Century. A SHINE commission.
19Megan FellColour Curiosity (2018)Matcham Court, FY1 1NBYou are invited to interact with the furniture and find the colourful and silly world inside the opened drawers. Regain your childhood playfulness and engage in a world of wonder and exploration. A SHINE commission.
20Ronan DevlinAura (2018)Hounds Hill, 67-71 Victoria Street, FY1 4RJA digital mirror to reflect motion and emotion, using camera a biometric sense technology, with your movement and mood relayed as a colour tone.  A SHINE commission.
21Mads ChristensenCathedral of Mirrors (2015)Winter Gardens, FY1 1HW12 towering columns of light respond to movement, creating an immersive environment. From LA- based light artist Mads Christensen and commissioned by Quays Culture at MediaCity UK.
22Pulsar LightWinter Gardens Dome (2018)Winter Gardens Dome, FY1 1HWMake sure to look up when you get to the Winter Gardens and take a look at the panoramic lighting inside the dome. Supplied by Pulsar, this lighting display creates 360 degrees of colour. Pulsar are based in Cambridge and specialise in architectural lighting, with installations worldwide.
23Blackpool IlluminationsTiffany Umbrellas (2018)Winter Gardens Canopy, FY1 1HWThe Tiffany Delights road section, originally designed in 1999 by Graham Ogden, reimagined to illuminate 16 umbrellas that adorn the Winter Gardens canopy.
24Blackpool IlluminationsStained Glass (2018)St Johns Sq, FY1 1BPDesigned by Graham Ogden in 2004, and reimagined for Lightpool 2018
25Blackpool IlluminationsEndless Knot (2018)Church Street, FY1 4NPA playful reflection on our endless journeys to and from work
26David OgleDusk (2018)Church Street, FY1 1HTWithin a disused retail unit, this installation produces an abstracted landscape stretching out before the viewer. Referencing Blackpool as a coastal community that is framed by the sea (and the effects of light as the sun dips below the waterline), the work reimagines these natural elements in an unexpected context.
27Blackpool IlluminationsBrilliance (2009)Birley Street, FY1 1DUThe light and sound show was the first of its kind in the UK. Based on a continuous ribbon spiralling in and out of the ground, its six metal arches criss-cross Birley Street with custom-designed luminaires.
28Bob and Roberta SmithArt is your Human Right (2016)Abingdon Street,FY1 1DEIlluminated words hang at eye-catching locations along Abingdon Street, from one of the UK’s leading artists. Commissioned by LeftCoast and Blackpool Illuminations for LightPool 2016.

Gallery of Installations

Art Trail at Lightpool Festival
1. Critter Divided
Art Trail at Lightpool Festival
2. Plenty & Progress
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3. Chris Daniels – Northern Lights
Art Trail at Lightpool Festival
4. Spaceman – Blackpool Illuminations 2015
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5. Late at the Library
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6. If you can dream it you must do it
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7. Butterflies
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8. Tap
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9. Fluted Pylons
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11. No them only us
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12. Lancashire Moon – Hannah Fox
Art Trail at Lightpool Festival
13. Emotisphere
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14. A portrait of self
Art Trail at Lightpool Festival
15. Tower Projections
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16. Yoko Ono – Onochord
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17. Surf the Lightwave
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18. Museum of the Moon
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19. Mirror Stage
Art Trail at Lightpool Festival
20. Colour Curiosity
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21. Cathedral of Mirrors
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22. Pulsar Winter Gardens Dome
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23. Tiffany Umbrellas
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24. Leaded Lights – Angel
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25. Endless Knot
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26. Dusk
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27. Brilliance
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28. Art is your human right

You can explore these artworks individually or tick them off on your trail. In addition, you can join events to tour the trail.

Events Around the Art Trail at Lightpool Festival

Thurs 25 Oct at 8pm – Tour the Art Trail

Free guided tour, meet in St. John’s Square

Fri 26 Oct

  • 2pm | Curator’s Tour | Grundy Art Gallery
  • 5-7pm | Grundy Art Gallery forecourt | Save Our Stories RescueShip with family activities
  • 5-7pm | Grundy Art Gallery | Late Opening
  • 5.30 and 6.30pm | Performance | Central Library |The Nixies – Melanie Whitehead
  • 6pm | Tour the Art Trail| Free guided tour, meet in St. John’s Square

Sat 27 Oct

  • 11am-1pm | Screen Printing workshop | Grundy Art Gallery | £3
    Themed on the Illuminations, led by The Grundy. Booking essential: 01253 478 170
  • 2-4pm | Artist’s Talk | Grundy Art Gallery | Chris Paul Daniels
    Join Chris and musician Graham Massey to introduce Northern Lights
  • 5-6pm | Grundy Art Gallery | Late Opening
  • 6pm | Tour the Art Trail | Free guided tour, meet in St. John’s Square

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