In addition to original drawings and limited edition original prints, the Christmas shop will also offer a range of high quality gift items created and designed by regional artists. These include the wide range of Vintage Blackpool designs, available on ceramic and china mugs, cotton tote bags, postcards and T shirts. Inspired by early 1900s memorabilia, the Vintage Blackpool range offers a nostalgic glimpse into Blackpool’s past as well as drawing attention to the beauty and potential that still exists for anyone who takes a closer look at the town today.
Other designs for gifts in the Christmas shop include the Revoe Forever range—designed by artist David Butterworth to celebrate the spirit of the area—and the Suffragette range, inspired by memorabilia depicting women’s struggle to obtain the vote for future generations.
This is the very first time that Blott Artists Studio has brought together a collection of artist created and designed items especially with Christmas shoppers in mind and, as Brett Blundell, gallery organiser and trainee curator explains, there is a special reason why the studio has done so this year: “Blott Studios is currently undergoing restructure and reorganisation with plans for two major exhibitions during the first half of 2016, as well as other exciting exhibitions and events throughout the year. All proceeds from the Christmas shop will be put towards the next contemporary fine art exhibition. That means that shoppers will not only be buying beautiful presents for their friends and family—they will also be supporting the work of local artists and helping the region’s creativity to stay vibrant and alive.”
Shoppers can buy their gifts from the Christmas Shop from when it opens on Monday 30 November until Saturday, 19 December. Opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm