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Artists REACH out for pool design ideas

Reach art project visits Heyhouses School. Arts Sarah Jane Richards with  Joseph Eaves, Amber Willis and Ffion Quigley

Reach art project visits Heyhouses School. Arts Sarah Jane Richards with Joseph Eaves, Amber Willis and Ffion Quigley

Artists working on a public consultation over a new look for St Annes seafront have announced a series of events designed to generate ideas.

Sarah Jane Richards and Sophy King, both nationally renowned for their skills in public art, have already started going into schools to involve youngsters in the Reach project, which will see the community helping with designs for the area around St Annes’ YMCA Pool and Gym.

On Thursday afternoon, Sarah Jane and Sophy will be at a book-making workshop at Ansdell Library, from 2pm, at which people are invited to share their memories and observations about Lytham St Annes in a creative way.

Other events will include book-making and giant word boards at St Annes Pool on Saturday, April 5 and a painting and drawing workshop exploring water the following day, both to be held at St Annes Pool. Sunday, April 6 will also see chalk drawing on the promenade.

Many more activities will follow during April and all have been commissioned by Fylde Council for REACH, a public art project, which will see the area surrounding the YMCA-run pool redesigned to include permanent art.

Earlier this year, the council was awarded £12,000 from Arts Council England to revamp the pool’s exterior and surrounding environment.

It follows a £625,000 refurbishment which has transformed the interior.

REACH Project coordinator Alex O’Toole said: “The artists have held workshops with Year Two pupils at Heyhouses School and Year Six at Our Lady Star of the Sea School, and have also briefed students at Blackpool and The Fylde College. The activities are just a taste of what’s on offer to the public. We’re still confirming arrangements for other events.”

More information from http://reachartproject2014.wordpress.com

 

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