‘Left Behind: Can anyone save the towns the economy forgot?‘ centred on Blackpool as the cheapest place in the UK to rent, the article provoked a strong local response. We felt as an arts organisation in the town already working in partnership with residents, artists and agencies, we were in a unique position to facilitate a response.
After a national call out for proposals, a local commissioning panel of ten residents, artists, academics and business owners commissioned five proposals in May 2018. Each commission served as an open invitation to residents, artists, public offices, policy makers and the private sector to engage with us in a conversation about how we might come together to re frame some of Blackpool’s most enduring social issues in a different and considered way. Painting the Town was one of those commissions.
The 10 stories are now displayed on the iconic walls of Ocean Boulevard that now feature a shot of Ghost Train purple, a splash of Herring Gull grey, a drop of Arcade blue and a wash of Salisbury Yellow. We invite you to walk along and read the stories behind the colours inspired by the real lives of Blackpool’s residents.