Blott Studios was originally founded by Corrine Streetly with the help of two colleagues, Sean Hanford and Ann Carragher late in 1999. The studio was then based at Cookson Street, later the Comrades Club, Adelaide Street and finally, King Street.
Pictured above, from left to right are: Nick Kowalski, Sean Hanford, Vivian Parr-Burnham, Corrine Streetly and Christine Riches. Top left image, Sheryl Hudders and Ann Carragher. Bottom left, Patrick Powers at the Cookson Studio/s.
The motivation was to bring challenging and innovative art to Blackpool; to share studio rent; and to be amongst like-minded artists, in particular, ‘feminist identified’ artists who also explored issues such as the representation of women in galleries, the art world and wider society.
Over 17 years, there were numerous splits in the original group, and the concept of Blott evolved and changed, particularly with the move to King Street. The six shared studios in the building eventually became financially unviable and in 2004, it became solely Corrine Streetly's business.
Since relocating to King Street, the group continued to evolve and expand. Taking on a more active role and made an important contribution to the social community, by helping to enrich the cultural life of Blackpool and surrounding areas.
A few of the many and various group photographs of members over the past 17 years
Apart from the Grundy, Blackpool’s main municipal gallery, Blott Studio’s gallery and the collective has been the town’s longest-running artist-led project space and has supported many other local and regional emerging artists and their practice. A substructure of the visual arts scene in Blackpool has recently begun to evolve and develop, and in 2015 Blackpool Council invested money into developing Abington Street Studios, affordable studio space for artists.
53 King Street, Blackpool FY1 3EJ Blackpool, North West
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