Birdie art wings in for Open golf

Fylde Decorative Arts Society are promoting bird-related art in conjunction with the RSPB.'Pic clockwise from bottom left with an example of bird art: Marie Riley, Pam Foster, Gill Roper, Hilary Alcock and Visitor Services Officer for RSPB at Fairhaven Lake Julie Vale. PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-3-2012
Fylde Decorative Arts Society are promoting bird-related art in conjunction with the RSPB.'Pic clockwise from bottom left with an example of bird art: Marie Riley, Pam Foster, Gill Roper, Hilary Alcock and Visitor Services Officer for RSPB at Fairhaven Lake Julie Vale. PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-3-2012

ST ANNES and neighbouring areas are to become a showcase for community art during the Open Golf Championship this summer.

A £10,000 award from the Arts Council and a £2,000 grant from the Fylde Strategic Partnership, with other awards pending, has opened the way for the Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society to stage the It’s A Birdie project.

It will see the streets leading to the Royal Lytham and St Annes course adorned with works of art related to our feathered friends — with the whole community set to play a part.

“The aim is to enable mass participation for local people – from toddlers upwards,” said a Fylde DFAS spokesperson.

The funding obtained so far will pay for significant projects with three groups: Home Start Fylde, the Friends of St Annes Library and the RSPB at Fairhaven Lake.

Artists will be selected to work with each group, who will all create ‘birdie’-type works at a series of workshops. These will then be displayed in shops, hotels, parks and gardens, while there are plans to create a number of transient works to go on show at various different locations.

“A Birdie Trail will also be created to encourage local residents and visitors to go ‘bird spotting’ and see all the works of art dotted around the area,” added the spokesperson.

“There will be a chance for everyone to get involved. We are very grateful to the various funding bodies, especially Fylde Local Strategic Partnership, who helped kick start the whole project, and enabled us to apply for further funding.

“The eyes of the world will be on St Annes during the Open Golf and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase art in the town, as well as including community groups who would otherwise have little involvement.”

It’s a Birdie will continue into the summer and, hopefully, be a part of the proposed St Annes Art and Music Festival in September. DFAS will also organise an It’s a Birdie exhibition at the Fylde Gallery, Lytham, also in September.