Posted in March 2013

Mural, Adelphi Street, Preston

Mural, Adelphi Street, Preston

I love how street art can transform an otherwise drab building into something really colourful and interesting. If only more businesses in the city would lend their wall space to the cities street artists. This mural depicts a man blowing parachutes over the city of Preston’s skyline, makes me smile everytime I see it. Advertisements

Haslam Park, Preston

Haslam Park, Preston

We’ve had a day full of sun and fun. After a chilly March, the coldest in fifty years they say, today felt like someone had turned up the radiator a notch. Even so we wrapped up and headed out to Preston’s Haslam Park for an Easter Treasure Trail. Haslam Park is situated alongside the Lancaster … Continue reading

The Hepworth, Wakefield

The Hepworth, Wakefield

The Hepworth in Wakefield, West Yorkshire is one of my favourite art galleries in the UK. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects this award winning building features ten gallery spaces with the focus on contemporary art. We visited the gallery last summer and saw the work of sculptor Richard Long. My son was fascinated by his … Continue reading

Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston

Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston

Easter is nearly upon us, the tradition in Preston is to take your chocolate eggs to Avenham Park on Easter Monday and roll them down the hill. In the past children made their way to the park dressed in Easter bonnets, carrying baskets of painted, boiled eggs. These days most kids prefer to take their … Continue reading

Wind Birds at PR1 Gallery, Preston

Wind Birds at PR1 Gallery, Preston

This evening we hurried along to UCLan’s PR1 Gallery to catch the last few hours of Wind Birds, an exhibition of beautiful Chinese kites and papercuts. Organised by UCLan’s Confucius Institute the exhibition featured colourful dragons, boats and birds suspended from the ceiling and tethered to the hand of a Chinese papercut figure. These colourful … Continue reading

Local street art

Local street art

Local photographers are captivated by this local pub’s mural wall, the ever changing artwork is eye catching and inspirational. On a grey day in Preston the colours break up the monotony of the landscape, it’s a great surprise to discover a new piece of artwork there. Here is the latest piece, above, it went up … Continue reading

Artist interview: Simon Plum

Artist interview: Simon Plum

When Simon Plum graduated with a Fine Art degree he decided to take a brief sabbatical to work within the family business. Ten years later he had produced very little art and was feeling increasingly cynical about the industry. It was only when he located a studio space in Preston and began working alongside other … Continue reading

Graffiti on World War Two Bunkers at Labenne Ocean

Graffiti on World War Two Bunkers at Labenne Ocean

France’s west coast is littered with the eerie reminders of the biggest conflict in history. The bunkers are still standing from the German Army’s Atlantic Wall fortifications. Some rise from the sand, huge concrete monoliths, others are close to buried. Graffiti artists up and down the west coast are using these haunting structures as canvases … Continue reading

Project tree

Project tree

I walk past this tree every morning on my way to work and although it doesn’t look particularly remarkable I really like it. Its my favourite tree on the park, so most mornings I take a photo. Already it has started to change, with little buds on the branches. By the end of the year … Continue reading

Thresholds at Tate Liverpool

Thresholds at Tate Liverpool

My seven year old son was thrilled to discover this interactive artwork at Tate Liverpool. The gallery staff said that we were about to enter a completely blacked out space, it was a room and the artist only wanted us to use the light from our camera phones or digital camera flashes to view the … Continue reading