HIVEArts are once again bringing art to the streets of Blackpool. Following on from the very well received HIVEJacked exhibition, which saw the local arts organisation work alongside Blackpool Transport to place local artist’s works into a number of tram stops along the town’s famous promenade, comes the new F/Stop exhibition. Once again a number of tram stops along the Golden Mile between South and North pier will become home to an open air, free to all art gallery, to brighten up the stroll along the prom as spring hits the town. F/Stop was an open call invitation for photographers who identify as female, from within the FY postcode, and has brought forward a large and diverse collection of work. From the initial entries, 22 photographers work was chosen to fill the 11 tram stops being used.
The final images for the F/Stop exhibition were selected by highly respected members of the national photographic community, Vanessa Ansa and Eileen Perrier, independent adjudicators based in London and part of the Hundred Heroines Group, the only UK charity dedicated to advancing public awareness of women in photography.
On the selection Eileen Perrier said –"It was with great pleasure that I was asked to select the work of local female photographers from Blackpool and hope that this important initiative will go from strength to strength."
Many of the photographers involved have previously worked and exhibited with local community arts groups HIVEArts and Arrested ReDevelopment, with huge and continuing support from HIVE café on Church Street. The café at HIVE will also be home to 5 pieces which were short listed by the judging panel. The pieces will form the HIVE Five exhibition, running alongside the sea front exhibition, adorning the walls with images in the same large scale format as the tram stop works. The exhibition will be in place along the Golden Mile and in HIVE café from April 1st to May 1st 2021
The photographers involved are:
Amanda Joynt, Ann Worsnip, Anna Bloomfield-Ravliuc, Caro Lyn, Caran Caravan, Dawn Mander, Dawn Urquhart, Emily Japp, Esther Parkinson, Hannah Doyle, Helen Yates, Irina Rojin, Janet Parker, Joanne Fletcher, Kate Yates, Katy White, KatyJane Maria, Laura Dyer, Libby Nightingale, Lisa Pool, Marianne van Loo, Nicola Morley, Sophie Gorner, Sophie Wells, Sophie White, Stephanie Cottle, Zo Taylor.