A host of impressive works from the extensive Lytham St Annes Art Collection are on display at the Fylde Gallery within Booths store at Lytham daily until April 25.
But there is more to the Tagging The Treasures exhibition than the artworks themselves.
As its title suggests, the display gives details of the progress made by some of the volunteers under the ‘tagging’ project currently being carried out to catalogue the art treasures housed in St Annes Town Hall, which have been donated or bequeathed to the town.
Tagging the Treasures is an initiative by the Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS), sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which sees more than 50 ‘taggers’ researching particular paintings.
As well as displaying the paintings themselves, the exhibition details how the taggers have carried out their research and their findings so far.
Tagger Angela Brown, from St Annes, was allocated A Portrait of a Lady, painted by Hector Caffieri in 1869, and among the facts she has discovered are that the painting was donated to the LSA Collection by Annie Mary Catterall, wife of Frederick Catterall, architect of the Grand Hotel in St Annes.
Angela said: “I have no research background in art but, to study my painting in depth, by a comparatively little known artist, has been a real pleasure .
“My young children, Sadie and Stanley, have got involved and are rapidly becoming experts in their own right.
“In the past, research was difficult, but with the onset of so much technology the sources are vast. These days everything is at your fingertips and it’s facinating to think that all the donors were local people who may have lived in your house.”
With hundreds of paintings still to be rediscovered, members of the public are invited to not only visit the exhibition but to volunteer to become taggers and take on their own research.
Details at the exhibition, online at www.lythamstannesartcollection.org or from Marie Riley on 07709 175776.
The exhibition, in partnership with the Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection, is open daily from 10am to 4pm and admission is free.