Pop-Up Gallery Opens
A former vintage clothing shop on Lord Street has been transformed into a new pop-up art gallery by dedicated Blackburn College staff and students on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Course.
The gallery, called Prism, is designed to provide a contemporary academic space and is the brain-child of BA (Hons) Fine Art course tutor, Steven Baldwin.
Designed to inspire, excite and encourage people from across the borough to become involved in the arts, the gallery, has seen the empty building converted into a space that will welcome prominent artists as well as student exhibitions.
Paul Nateraj will be the first visiting artist. The University of Sussex-based academic and artist will be showcasing his collection of vinyl records that have been etched with the stories of the people who own the records – an audio drawing of memory. The artworks are both visibly and audibly stimulating.
Steven Baldwin said: “We wanted to create a contemporary academic space in the town-centre that can welcome prominent artists and art graduates but also provide a real-life gallery experience for our BA Fine Art students at the University Centre.
“Students studying art subjects will be able to work with a number of artists and help to curate and set up their shows as well as receive guest lectures with high-profile artists. We’re delighted to welcome Paul Nateraj as our visit artist.
“This type of activity helps provide valuable experience for our students CVs, professional practice and means they’re able to understand the workings of a real-life gallery space.”
Students studying BA (Hons) Fine Art have completely transformed the dilapidated building which has been provided rent-free by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for the academic year.
The gallery will open one week in every month to members of the public.
Upcoming artists set to exhibit include artist in residence Cedar Lewisohn who has curated exhibitions for the Tate Modern on Street Art and is the author of a fully illustrated book entitled Street Art: The Graffiti Revolution published by Tate. Cedar will work with year one students on the course as part of the Found in Blackburn Project and Lee Walsh a successful contemporary designer from Blackburn.
John Harrison, Interim Dean at the University Centre at Blackburn College said:
“We are committed to supporting the arts in Pennine Lancashire.
“Establishing this gallery in the heart of the town was extremely motivating for our staff and students, as we want to strengthen our links to the regional community of creative practitioners.”
Prism’s opening night was held on Tuesday 21 February from 6-8pm.
22 Feb 2017, 11:56 AM