Blackburn Open Walls


This week, Blackburn has been treated to some striking displays of public art including a spectacular piece on the side of one of our Townscape Heritage buildings on Lord Street West.

The street art, kicks off the third Urban Room event which this year see’s a month long festival that focuses on urban culture, art and architecture in public spaces.

It is organised by Blackburn with Darwen Council through the Blackburn is Open project with funding from Arts Council England.

It includes a series of exhibitions, talks and workshops and was inspired by the Farrell Review, a report into the state of architecture in the UK headed by renowned  architect Sir Terry Farrell.

The report outlines ways to engage local people and schools in their towns and neighbourhoods.

Last week Urban Room began with Blackburn Open Walls, a project that saw six female artists decorate walls around the town centre with street art.

It was curated by artist Hayley Welsh originally from Blackburn who now lives in Australia.

She invited other female street artists from all over the UK to including Blackburn based Alexandra Gallagher who decorated a series of arches on Ainsworth Street with her specific brand of surrealist artwork.





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